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 Sean Fleming – Nottingham Research Fellow (2022-25): Revenge of the Luddites
  • 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 (except for the Nottingham Research Fellowship scheme, in which case contact Professor Rory Cormac). As a School we will work with exceptional candidates to produce 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 2024, not already holding, nor having held, a permanent academic post.

Two application stages; internal deadline: 26 September 2023.

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 2024.

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.

Two application deadlines: internal deadline for EOI likely to be in December 2023; deadline for draft proposals: likely to be in January 2024.

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 22 February 2024.

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

Scheme deadline: 22 February 2024.

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 2023). 

This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not normally have more than eight years' post-doctoral experience. We encourage applications in the area of cyber security.

A very strong track record is required. General enquiries should be sent to 

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.
EC Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship

Applicants must be within eight years of the award of their PhD.

European Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to researchers moving within Europe or coming to Europe from another part of the world. Fellowships take place in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country and can last between one and two years. Researchers of any nationality can apply.

Global Postdoctoral Fellowships fund the mobility of researchers outside Europe. The fellowship lasts between two to three years, of which the first one to two years will be spent in a non-associated Third Country, followed by a mandatory return phase of one year to an organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. Only nationals or long-term residents of the EU Member States or Horizon Europe Associated Countries can apply.




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