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Postdoctoral opportunities

The School of English welcomes enquiries from doctoral graduates looking to pursue a postdoctoral project with the school.

Postdoctoral applicants have normally recently completed their PhD, and are well on their way to building an outstanding profile of research publications. Successful applicants join the school with projects that compliment the school's existing research expertise and research centres. A list of schemes we are involved in can be found below. 

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

The 2023 scheme is currenty closed for applications.

The BA PDF scheme offers outstanding early career researchers who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in an academic environment. These 3 year fellowships aim to help develop the award holder’s profile and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent academic post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award holder into the community of established scholars within their field.

Potential applicants who wish to undertake the fellowship in School of English at Nottingham, are advised to email James Moran in the first instance, when more information on the process at Nottingham will be sent to applicants.

Prospective applicants are also expected to identify and confirm support of a member of academic staff in the School of English who can act as a mentor. 


British Academy International Fellowships

The International Fellowships Programme provides support for outstanding early career researchers to make a first step towards developing an independent research career through gaining experience across international borders. The overarching aim of the scheme is to attract and retain emerging talent in the UK and build a globally connected, mobile research and innovation workforce. This scheme is jointly run by the British Academy and the Royal Society.

Find out more about British Academy International Fellowships.

ESRC Post-doctoral Fellowships 2024

The ESRC postdoctoral fellowship scheme for 2024 opens on 19 February 2024, with a closing date of 16 May 2024.


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

This scheme is 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 or to enable them to obtain a permanent academic position. These 3 year fellowships are 50% funded by Leverhulme and 50% funded by the host University.

The scheme is currently closed to applications, with the next call expected to open in November 2024.


Leverhulme Research Fellowships


The Leverhulme Research Fellowship scheme is currently closed to applications but is expected to open later in 2024.

Fellowships can last between 3-24 months in duration, for salary costs not exceeding £65,000, and a small amount for research expenses.

For more information on timelines and requirements please contact Jim Moran or Graeme Docherty. Applicants are asked to inform the School of their intention to apply.



Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

This scheme supports the mobility of post-doctoral researchers within and beyond Europe - as well as helping to attract the best foreign researchers to work in the European Union. The grant usually covers two years' salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation.

The 2024 call for postdoctoral fellowships is now open, with a deadline of 11 September 2024.


Wellcome Trust Early Career Award

Information about this scheme can be found on the Wellcome website

The scheme is currently open, with a deadline for applications of 21 May 2024.



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