School of Politics and International Relations

Research Fellows

The School of Politics and International Relations provides expertise in topics including political parties and party systems (both in Europe and in Asia), anti-corruption and money in politics, intelligence operations and national/international security.

A strong theoretical base also exists within the school, with expertise in political theory from the classical period to the present, and issues that arise from political ideologies and frameworks. The school aims to increase its capacity and encourages application from high-quality and dynamic investigators who have potential to become established academics and leaders in their fields.

Previous research fellows

The diverse nature of the school's research is reflected in previous successful research fellows:

  • Dr Jacqueline Hicks - Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2018-21); The Political Economy of Data: Comparing the Asian Giants
  • Dr Don Lee - Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship (2018-21); The Rise of Populism and the Crisis of Representative Democracy in Asia
  • Dr Sinem Bal - Tubitak Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-20); Transnational Solidarity for the Rights of Migrant/Refugee Women
  • Dr Gulshan Khan – British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2016-18); The Politics of paradox
  • Dr Joerg Nowak – Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2016-19); Mass Strikes and Social Movements in India and Brazil
  • Dr Annemarie Walter – Nottingham Research Fellow (2014-17); Negative Campaigning and its Consequences
  • Dr Fernando Casal-Bertoa – Nottingham Research Fellow (2013-16); Party System Institutionalization in Europe since 1848

The school can also host visiting scholars.

Listed below is a range of postdoctoral opportunities for those either in the latter stages of a PhD or with several years post PhD experience, to progress their career at Nottingham.

If you are interested in any of the these schemes to spend time at Nottingham, please contact Dr Ben Holland in the first instance. As a school we will then work with you on producing an application that stands the best chance of being successful.

It is crucial that potential applicants make contact with the school well in advance of any scheme deadlines, as the university has its own internal deadlines in order to ensure time for reviewing drafts and working out costings.

Postdoctoral research opportunities
OpportunityRequirements and deadlinesLength and funding
BA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Must have successfully completed their PhD viva voce examination by 1 April 2022, not already holding, nor having held, a permanent academic post.

Two application stages; stage 1 deadline: 12 October 2022.

80% FEC, and 100% of the research expenses claimed within an upper limit, currently £6,000 pa over three years.
British Academy Newton International Fellowship

Applicants must have a PhD before the start of the Fellowship.

They should have no more than seven years of fulltime postdoctoral research experience; work outside the UK; and not hold UK citizenship.

Scheme deadline: likely March 2023.

Newton International Fellowships last for two years.

Funding consists of £30,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £3,500 for relocation expenses.

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Specific eligibility criteria on PhD awards applies – see website.

First deadlune for draft proposals: 28 January 2023.

Up to one year full-time salary, or up to two years part-time to give fellows time to prepare for a successful career in research either within or beyond academia.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institution. Must have submitted PhD thesis by 24 February 2022.

The School has a shortlisting process in place, please contact Dr Ben Holland in the first instance.

Scheme deadline: 23 February 2023.

Three years salary, and up to £6,000 per year for research expenses.
Nottingham Research Fellowship

Candidates must have PhD prior to the closing date for registering interest in the scheme (6 October 2022). 

This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not normally have more than eight years' post-doctoral experience.

Very strong track record required.

Benefits include three years’ independent research funding, covering salary costs; progression to a permanent academic post, subject to performance; research expenses up to £75,000.
UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship UK and overseas based researchers can apply. View more information. Up to £1.2m initially over four years funding of applicant salary.
ESRC New Investigator Grant 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. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.
EC Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship Applicants from  UK institutions are no longer eligible to participate in this scheme - open to EU member states or Horizon Europe associated countries only.  



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