Fulfil your research potential at the University of York.

Whether you are a researcher already based at the University or are looking to join us, we are keen to support you in establishing and developing your career through a research fellowship.

What is a fellowship?

There are a range of fellowships available, from a variety of funding sources. While the aims, research areas, duration and amount of funding can vary, fellowships are an investment in you and your career as a researcher. Fellowships typically provide funding for your time (protecting it for research) and research expenses (such as travel and consumables). Some fellowships also allow you to include funding to build your team and buy larger pieces of equipment.

Contact us

Taryn Bell
Fellowship Coordinator


What do we offer?

Our Research Fellowship Programme supports talented early-career researchers who would like to hold a fellowship at York. Once you join us as a fellowship holder, the programme will support your ongoing development, allowing your research career to flourish.

Key aspects of the Research Fellowship Programme include:

  • Development and support for outstanding prospective candidates to help you to succeed in gaining your fellowship
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities throughout your fellowship
  • The opportunity to apply for a funded extension to your fellowship to work on your research ideas, develop entrepreneurial, policy-related, or civic engagement activities, or to engage with new audiences, user communities, or international connections

What types of fellowships do we host?

We have a broad community of early-career fellowship holders working on a wide range of exciting and world-leading research projects, covering topics that span the Faculties of Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities.

Meet some of our fellowship holders

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

The ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is aimed at researchers in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career. It provides salary and limited research costs for one year, starting in October 2023 and is an opportunity to consolidate your PhD through developing publications, your networks, research and professional skills.

To be eligible you should have been awarded a PhD or have passed your viva voce with minor amendments by the application deadline of Thursday 23 March 2023 at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT. You also should have no more than 12 months active postdoctoral experience since passing your viva voce (allowing for career breaks) by Thursday 23 March 2023.

If you are interested and would like more details, please join an online information session for potential applicants and York staff on Tuesday 22 November at 2pm. We will have various speakers at the event, including previously successful applicants and mentors. Please email recss@york.ac.uk to register.

To support the development of strong applications, we encourage potential applicants to bring along their proposed mentor (who should be an established member of academic staff at York). There is more information about the call, including requirements and relevant deadlines, on the White Rose DTP website.

Applicants are not required to have previously held an ESRC-funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply; in previous rounds of this competition, York has received applications from eligible departments across all three faculties (see DTP website for a list of eligible departments).

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2023

The Leverhulme Trust will soon be opening the 2023 round of its Early Career Fellowships scheme. The scheme will open officially on 1 January 2023, with a deadline of 23 February 2023.

How do I apply?

The University of York submits a select number of applications each year. York's internal deadlines are earlier than the Leverhulme Trust's deadline, so you should register your interest with the most relevant academic Department as soon as possible if interested in applying.

Below are a number of Department-specific deadlines. Other Departments should be contacted as early as possible:

What next?

The best place to start is by contacting the department within the University of York that you would like to host you during your fellowship. Many of our departments have specific and tailored support for fellowship applicants. This support can include help with identifying a suitable fellowship opportunity, providing you with personalised timescales and helping you to develop your proposal.

If you're unsure of which department is best suited to you, or if you have any questions about what to do next, you can contact the University's Fellowship Coordinator at fellowships@york.ac.uk.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to valuing and celebrating diversity and advancing equal and inclusive practice in all of our activities. Read more about equality, diversity and inclusion at York


The Fellowship Co-ordination Committee oversees the York Fellowship Programme. It is chaired by the PVC Research and reports to the University's Research Committee.

Contact us

Taryn Bell
Fellowship Coordinator