School of English

Postdoctoral opportunities

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

Postdoctoral applicants would normally have recently completed their PhD, and are well on their way to building a solid profile of publications.

Successful applicants come to the school with projects that have a coherent fit with the school's existing research interests and Research Centres/Institute

A list of schemes we are involved in can be found below.


UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

UK Research and Innovation have released their first call for their new Future Leaders Fellowships Programme. This is a cross-UK Research and Innovation programme which will fund approximately 650 fellowships between 2018-19 and 2020-21, with support being offered for up to a maximum of 7 years on a 4+3 funding model. The aim of the programme is to grow the supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class and will specifically support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research and user environments including research councils' institutes and laboratories.

These Fellowships support applicants from diverse career paths, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. UKRI also encourage applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities. Review panels will take into account time spent outside an active research or innovation environment, whether through career breaks, flexible working or as a consequence of working in other roles.

More information on the Future Leaders Fellowships programme and detailed call guidance can be found on the UKRI website

How to Apply: School of English Internal Process

Please submit an Expression of Interest form to Sarah Nolan ( Deadline for School EOIs is 26 February 2019. The School selection panel will then decide which applications to put through to the next stage.


ESRC New Investigator Grants

Are you looking to make the transition to becoming an independent researcher through managing your first major research project?

If so, you may be able to apply for an ESRC New Investigator Grant. Grants can be awarded for up to five years, ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full economic cost.

This scheme is open to high-quality candidates with a maximum of four years' postdoctoral experience. Social sciences must represent at least 50% of the research focus and effort. If you are interested in applying, we would encourage you to read the ESRC's full guidance.

Applicants who are interested in applying through the School of English should submit an  Expression of Interest form to by 4pm on 15 May 2019.

We strongly encourage applicants to make contact with an academic member of staff in the School when preparing their EOI. 

Applicants supported by the School and put through to the next stage of the selection process will be asked to produce a more detailed EoI (max 3 pages). This will comprise an outline of the proposed research to include aims & objectives, research questions, methods and analyses; an outline of the proposed skills development programme; and the name of the proposed mentor along with his/her relevant research experience. Please note that the mentor should not, wherever possible, be the applicant's PhD supervisor.

More information can be found on the ESRC website.


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

The call for applications opens on 22nd August 2018. Applicants who are interested in applying through the School of English should submit an Expression of Interest form to in the first instance by Friday 6 September 2019.

The internal deadline for full applications from the School to the University is Monday 7 October 2019 and the British Academy's final deadline is Wednesday 16 October 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to make contact with an academic member of staff in the area closest to their project before submitting an Expression of Interest form. 

More information about the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships can be found on their website


Nottingham Research Fellowship

Applicants should follow the application process for the Faculty of Arts. This is outlined in full on NRF homepage.

You should pay particular attention to 'How to Apply'.

Please note:  The deadline for expressions of interest in the Faculty of Arts is Friday 30th August 2019.

All proposed work programmes should be interdisciplinary in nature and have the potential to lead to large, collaborative funding bids in the medium term. While all applicants will be expected to work in interdisciplinary ways, preference will be given to applicants whose eventual home department would be located in the Schools of English or CLAS (Cultures, Languages, and Area Studies). Research proposals should be aligned with at least one of the faculty's strategic priorities, notably:

  • Digital transformations in the arts and humanities: work involving the production and/or interrogation of large-scale digital resources (including texts and complex data sets) in the context of arts-led research and public engagement; and/or research that explores how societies communicate and use knowledge digitally
  • The cultural value of the arts and humanities: research and partnership work, nationally or internationally, that analyses and enhances public engagement with heritage, performance, or textual cultures
  • Medical and health humanities: arts research that contributes to understanding or promoting aspects of human health and wellbeing
  • Global challenges: arts researchers working with international partners to address issues around sustainable development, resilient communities, human rights, peace and inter-community relations

Contact details

Before applying for a fellowship, contact us on to discuss your research project and its fit with our strategic themes. Please mark your email ‘Nottingham Research Fellowship_ your name'. 


Newton International Research Fellowships

Scholars interested in applying for a Newton Fellowship with the School should initially identify an appropriate mentor from the School who is willing to take the application forward.

Applicants should, with the guidance of their proposed mentor, submit an Expression of Interest Form to by Tuesday 27 November, 2018.  

Application forms will be available on the British Academy's Flexi-Grant system 24 January 2019.

Applicant deadline: 27 March 2019

Awards are available for reaserch start dates: 1 October 2019 - 31 March 2020

Further information is available on the Newton Fellowship web pages.


Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellowship

Applicants should submit a formal Expression of Interest Form to - Friday 11 October 2019.

The 2020 round will open in January 2020. Please note that the Leverhulme closing date for applications is 4pm on 27 February 2020.

Information and dates for the 2020 round can be found here:



Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Applicants should submit a formal Expression of Interest Form to in the first instance, by Thursday 28 June, 2018.

The Marie Curie Fellowship scheme closing date for applications is Wednesday 12 September, 2018

Information about Marie Curie Fellowships at The University of Nottingham.


Wellcome Research Fellowships

Information about this scheme can be found on the Wellcome website

Applicants who are interested in applying through the School of English should submit an Expression of Interest form to in the first instance, by 4pm on Tuesday 7 May 2019.


Wellcome University Awards

Information about this scheme can be found on the Wellcome website

Applicants who are interested in applying through the School of English should submit an Expression of Interest form to in the first instance, by Tuesday 27 November 2018.


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