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 Anne-Marie Walters – 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 Fernando Casal Bertoa 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.

Postdoctoral research opportunities
BA Postdoctoral Fellowship Must have successfully completed their PhD viva voce examination by 1 April 2020), not already holding, nor having held, a permanent academic post 80% FEC, and 100% of the research expenses claimed within an upper limit, currently £6,000 pa over three years
ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Specific eligibility criteria on PhD awards applies – see website 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
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 the UK can apply throughout the transition phase to December 2020  


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