The Department of Social Policy and Social Work welcomes outstanding postdoctoral candidates who want to apply for externally funded fellowship schemes. Funding is not available directly from the Department to fund fellowships, and you'll have to apply to an external funder, some of which are detailed below. The Department will support you in this process. However, it is important that you contact the Department as soon as possible in the application process (ideally 6 months before the funder deadline) so we can help make your application as strong as possible.
If you're interested in applying for an externally funded fellowship, hosted by the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, you should:
There are several funders to choose from when thinking about applying for a fellowship. Different funders offer different fellowship schemes, depending on the stage of your career and subject matter, and have different eligibility criteria, so it's important to check these.
These are the funders who typically fund fellowships within our research areas. Other funders are available.
For early career researchers with a research record, but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.
Interested applicants should check eligibility on the Leverhulme Trust website and complete an online Expression of Interest (EoI) by 4pm on Friday 17 December 2021. This EoI will be used as the basis on which the department will decide whether they can support your application. Applicants will be informed of the department’s decision by Tuesday 11 January 2022. If invited to submit a full proposal a final draft should be submitted to the department for review by Friday 4 February 2022.
Postdoctoral Fellowships support fellows for up to one year full-time (or two years part-time), to give fellows the opportunity to prepare for a successful career in research either within or beyond academia.
There is one call per year for outline proposals. This call is open to applicants who have undertaken their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnerships or Doctoral Training Centres.
By the full proposal deadline (23rd March 2022) you will have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience, or you'll have submitted your thesis and passed your viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that you will be awarded your PhD by the start of the fellowship.
Interested applicants should check eligibility on the WRDTP website and contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be hosted by this Department. We can help you with your application and make sure it has the best chance of success. You will need to submit your Stage 1 Expression of Interest by the 13th January and, if selected, a Stage 2 full application on the 23rd March 2022. Please contact us as soon as possible email@example.com if you are interested in this scheme.
We are holding an online information session for potential applicants (and their mentor) on Monday 15 November, 12 noon. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Fellowships (post-doctoral level) are aimed at several specific points of a researcher’s career development:
Find out more about NIHR Advanced Fellowships.
The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) aims to grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world-class. This cross-UK research and innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses and other research environments. The support offered will be long-term and flexible, providing a comprehensive package, including your salary and justified research, staff and training costs. Seven years of support is available, employing a four year + three year model, with an external review in year four.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing. The purpose of this award is to enable you to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research.
The Wellcome Trust offers Research Fellowships for up to three years in humanities and social sciences. You're expected to have been awarded your PhD before you apply, and must not hold a long term established post. The research must be in any area of human or animal health.
The Centre for Future Health was established with funding from the Wellcome Trust and the University of York to support new collaborative projects that will address some of the most important health issues and challenges facing us today and into the coming decades. It offers two year fellowships.
Funded by the European Comission, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship is of up to three years is open to experienced researchers with a PhD (or at least four years’ full-time research experience). In all cases, the fellowship must involve an element of mobility.
It's important you choose the right person to support your application and, if funded, your fellowship. You should contact your potential mentor at the very early stages of planning your application to secure their commitment to your application. Your application will also require support from the Department (as detailed below). See the list of Social Policy and Social Work staff members.
Your application will need support from the Department before you can apply to an external funder, and you should seek this at the start of your application process by submitting an outline application.
You will need to submit an outline application to email@example.com as early as practical, but at least six weeks before the funder deadline. If you are planning to apply to more than one funder, you should submit an outline application for each.
You will also need to discuss your application with your Department mentor before submitting it.
Outline applications should comprise:
You will be informed of the decision by your proposed mentor at least five weeks before the funder deadline.
While a six week minimum approval period is suggested, competitive applications are likely to have spent as much time as the call allows working with any potential mentor on an application.
We are unable to support all applications. The Department will seek to support applications where: