Centre for Advanced Studies

Post-doctoral Bursaries 2015/16

This scheme will not open for applications in the 2015/16 round. If you would like your name added to the mailing list, to receive information on any future rounds, please email Allison Pearson.

2014/15 Postdoctoral Bursary scheme

This scheme is now closed, details below are for information only.

CAS post-doctoral bursaries are designed to support potential future research leaders bridge the gap between finishing their PhD and securing significant publications and either a postdoctoral fellowship or research/teaching position. We are keen to support interdisciplinary researchers who are committed to the RCUK public engagement and impact agenda.

Applications are invited for the CAS Post-Doctoral Bursaries Scheme 2014/15 from Early Career Researchers who have been awarded their PhD in the last 24 months and whose work complements any of the University’s Arts and Social Science existing research clusters (e.g. centres and institutes) and major research networks (see relevant School and CAS websites).

Applications will also be welcomed from candidates wishing to undertake a piece of significant research involving the University’s collections (including the archaeological collections, art collection, manuscripts and special collections and natural history collections).


The bursaries are tenable for up to nine months in the 2014/2015 academic year starting no earlier than 1st September 2014 with the latest end date July 31st 2015.


The focus of the post-doctoral bursaries is to enable award holders to undertake a significant piece of work e.g. research, publication of thesis or engagement with a non-academic organisation to broaden the impact of their research. Preference will be given to candidates who give a clear indication as to how the bursary will enhance their chances in an application for a post-doctoral fellowship award based at the University of Nottingham from external funders such as the British Academy, ESRC or Leverhulme.

What the bursaries offer

the bursaries include an honorarium of up to £9,000 (£1,000 per full calendar month of award) and a research expenses fund of £1,000 pro rata. The award can be held for a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum of 9 months.

Successful applicants will have access to office space and facilities in CAS. They will also be welcomed into the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, and have access to library facilities and the University Staff Club.

Successful applicants are expected to take part in the CAS programme of research events (attending seminars given by other post-doctoral award holders and visiting fellows) and to offer at least one seminar paper.

Award holders will have opportunities to participate in and to design seminars, workshops, colloquia and to collaborate with colleagues working in similar research areas.

No teaching is required, but successful applicants are free to supplement the bursary by contributing, by arrangement with the appropriate Head of subject area, to undergraduate teaching programmes.

At the end of the bursary, the CAS Management Board requires those who receive funds to provide a satisfactory 1000 word report on the outcomes of the project. This must be submitted within one month of the conclusion of the project. The report should contain details of any external funding bids submitted or in preparation. The CAS Executive reserve the right to use the text of the reports submitted on official CAS promotional literature and Annual Reports and on the CAS web pages. All publications relating to research undertaken as a result of the award should include an acknowledgement of the support offered by the CAS post-doctoral bursary.

Decision on the bursaries will be made by the CAS Management Board. Criteria for success are:

(1) fit with university research priorities and programmes
(2) evidence of track record of research excellence
(3) proposed outputs and programme of activities.

How to apply

Potential applicants should send their applications by email to the CAS administrator Allison Pearson by 5pm on the 30th April 2014.

Applications should include:

1. Letter of application. Please give details of current circumstances including an indication of any other sources of support you will have in the period of the bursary (for example, existing awards or salaried posts held) and any relevant commitments, and details of other sources of support applied for and the expected date of outcome.

2. Internal sponsor’s letter. This should be from a member of the University’s academic staff linked to one of the existing research clusters (e.g. centres and institutes) or major research networks (see relevant School and CAS websites) in the Arts or Social Sciences Faculties. The internal sponsor should detail the value of your proposed programme of work and why a bursary at Nottingham is of value to the relevant research cluster. The internal sponsor will be required to secure Head of School sign-off for their letter of support. The internal sponsor should not act as one of the two referees.

3. Curriculum Vitae. Please give evidence of education and qualifications, career to date, publications, awards and other outputs.

4. Two references. Referees should email their references directly to Allison Pearson and should include a statement on the quality and significance of the applicant’s research activity and the potential value of their time at Nottingham. Referee’s letters should be received by 5pm on 30th April 2014.

5. Up to 1000 word statement describing intended goals for the bursary. Please include details of your proposed research programme for the period of the award and details of how your research interests intersect with research strengths at Nottingham and how these would be of value to you.

Should you or your internal nominator wish to discuss your application informally please contact Sally Bowden.

CAS Postdoctoral bursary awards to date

Centre for Hidden Histories Postdoctoral Bursaries 2015:

  • Dr Krystina Buskova
  • Dr Robert Hearn
  • Dr Narveen Kaur

Centre for Advanced Studies Post-doctoral Bursaries 2014/15:

  • Dr Tom Allbeson, History
  • Dr Julie Daujat, Archaeology
  • Dr Bronwen Magrath, Education

Centre for Advanced Studies Post-doctoral Bursaries 2013/14:

  • Dr David Bell, Politics & IR
  • Dr Siobhan Peeling, History

Centre for Advanced Studies Post-doctoral Bursaries 2012/13:

  • Dr Nataliya Danilova, Politics
  • Dr Hannah Durkin, CAS
  • Dr Sam Okyere, Sociology

Centre for Advanced Studies Post-doctoral Bursaries 2011/12:

  • Dr Rhiannon Firth, Politics
  • Dr Katie Jones, French
  • Dr Roda Madziva, Sociology and Social Policy

Gender Histories NetworkPost-doctoral bursary:

  • Dr Eleanor Glendinning, Classics

Centre for Advanced Studies Post-doctoral Bursaries 2010/11:

  • Dr Ivana Djuric, Russian and Slavonic Studies
  • Dr Mark Storey, American and Canadian Studies 

Renaissance East Midlands/Leicester City Council Post-doctoral Bursaries2010/11:

  • Dr David Amos, History
  • Dr Lucy Veale, Geography

Centre for Advanced Studies Post-doctoral Bursaries 2009/10:

  • Dr Alice Hall, English Studies
  • Dr Sarah Bateman, Geography
  • Dr Helen Bralesford, American and Canadian Studies
  • Dr Lisa McKenzie, Sociology
  • Dr Sherah Wells, English Studies

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