Nottingham Research and Anne McLaren Fellowships

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We've got a world to change.

You've got the skill. You've got the passion. You've got the ambition. Join us.

Our pioneering research fellows receive generous funding and specialist support in a diverse, thriving community. As a university with an international reputation for transformative discoveries – 7th in the UK for research power in REF2021, according to analysis by Times Higher Education – you will have exciting opportunities to become a research leader.

Please discuss your research proposal with your host school or faculty. You must have been awarded your PhD to apply.

We are not currently accepting expressions of interest in our fellowships schemes.

Our fellows are essential to our mission to deliver exceptional research that transforms lives in the UK and across the world. They are the research leaders of tomorrow, working with inspirational pioneers from across disciplines to find solutions to complex global problems.

Join a university with a diverse, thriving community and a reputation for transformative discoveries.

  • The expected start date for successful fellows is spring/autumn 2023
  • Please discuss your research proposal with your host school or faculty before you register your interest in the scheme
  • You must have been awarded your PhD to apply

We recognise that exceptional people come from many backgrounds, with diverse career paths and circumstances that are as individual as you are. We are committed to an inclusive and dynamic research environment, and welcome applications from those wishing to work part-time to meet personal responsibilities. We are especially interested in supporting those from Black and Asian backgrounds.

For further information about the scheme or the application process, please contact


Our fellowship schemes 

We have two schemes, each offering the same package of support:

  • Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female postdoctoral researchers in science, technology, engineering and medicine, who are at the early stage of their academic careers and wish to establish a research career in the UK
  • Nottingham Research Fellowships are aimed at outstanding postdoctoral researchers who are at the early stage of their academic careers from all academic disciplines represented at the university

Find out how we support external fellowships

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We offer:

  • three years’ independent research funding, covering salary costs at c. £42,155 to £53,353
  • the link to a permanent academic post, subject to performance
  • additional funding for research expenses totalling £75,000
  • childcare costs of up to £15,000
  • access to mentoring, career development and networking with the wider fellowship community

Our fellowships actively support applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds, including those returning from a career break or from other roles. We also support applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal commitments.


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Am I eligible to apply?

Candidates must have been awarded their PhD – or equivalent such as postgraduate MD/DM for clinical applicants – prior to the closing date for registering interest in the scheme (6 October 2022). 

This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates who do not normally have more than eight years' post-doctoral experience. However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines. Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential, trajectory and track record, relative to their career stage.

Candidates for the Anne McLaren Fellowships must be pursuing a career in a STEM subject. Female researchers are typically under-represented in STEM subjects and female applicants are strongly encouraged.

Candidates for the Nottingham Research Fellowships can be from any academic discipline across the university.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • an outstanding track record of research for their career stage and discipline, including high-quality publications, research funding and/or prizes and awards
  • evidence of a growing reputation, both nationally and internationally
  • an aptitude to lead and inspire others within the research team and institution more broadly
  • potential to act as an ambassador in their research field and more widely

Part-time appointments will be considered on a pro-rata basis.

Candidates are not normally expected to have a permanent position, as they may be considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already. Explore our FAQs for further information.

The scheme is open to external (including international) and internal candidates. The University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for any candidate who does not have the right to work in the UK.

For more details on what makes a good application, details of current fellows and the characteristics of successful fellows, please go to the our fellows and what makes a good candidate sections.

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How to apply

We are not currently accepting expressions of interest in our fellowships schemes.

Please note: If you have not registered interest via your chosen school/faculty online form you will not be considered for the scheme.

Please ensure you have completed the following mandatory steps:

  1. Identify your host school or faculty from the list below
  2. Contact the identified school contact to discuss your research proposal – see list below for details
    1. Ensure your proposed research aligns with identified strategic priority areas for your host school/department
  3. Follow the 'Apply now' link to the online form for your host school or faculty (which is listed below) and ensure you upload your CV and research proposal. The format of the CV/Research Proposal is provided in the individual application links below 


Faculty of Arts

All proposed work programmes should be interdisciplinary in nature and have the potential to lead to large, collaborative funding bids in the medium term. They can be located in any discipline, but should be aligned with at least one of the faculty’s strategic priorities, notably:

  • Black-centred research, including Black studies
  • Arts and computing, including Digital Humanities
  • Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Health Humanities


Contact details

Eligibility and process queries

General subject-specific enquiries


Rebecca Peck

Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (CLAS)

Graham Thompson

  • Classics and Archeology

Hannah O-Regan

  • History

Richard Gaunt

  • Music

Lonan O’Briain

  • Philosophy

Craig French

  • Theology and Religious Studies

Richard Bell

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Faculty of Engineering

We invite applications from all areas of engineering research. For this year’s call we are prioritising applications in the areas of:

  • Electrical machines for sustainable transportation
  • 3D Printing of advanced biologics-based healthcare devices

We have identified the following strategic areas where applications are particularly encouraged:

  • Sustainable, low carbon and zero carbon process engineering
  • Low carbon construction and civil engineering
  • Climate resilience in the built environment
  • Recycling, re-use and circular economy
  • Future and renewable power systems
  • Net zero transport and transportation electrification
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Artificial Intelligence and/or Machine Learning in Engineering
  • Smart buildings and structures

We encourage applications from excellent early career researchers to all of our research groups.

We strongly suggest you familiarise yourself with our structure, teaching and research.

As an applicant, you are advised to think in detail about how your research proposal and future work fits within our faculty and identify the best research group for your research.

Once you have selected an appropriate research group to host your fellowship, you must contact the head of this research group. You can find their contact details on the 'Meet the team' page for each group. 

Please approach the head of the research group to:

  • discuss your fellowship
  • gain their confirmation of support for your application


Contact details

General enquiries for engineering applications


Eligibility and process queries


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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

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We welcome applications that align with our research themes and groups. In particular, we encourage translational science applications in the following priority areas linked to our National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre*:

  • Mental health and technology
  • MR and Precision Imaging
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Hearing
  • Respiratory
  • Musculoskeletal aging, surgery, injury and recovery

Nottingham research fellows have access to clinical patients at the following locations. Research fellowship applications are welcome that complement the research interests of these sites.

  • The Queens Medical Centre and Major Trauma Centre
  • Nottingham City Hospital
  • The National Rehabilitation Centre
  • University Hospitals Derby and Nottingham City Healthcare

Find more and contact theme leads at However, other research areas aligning to the School of Medicine are also welcome. 

*The NIHR’s 20 Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) are collaborations between world-leading universities and NHS organisations that bring together academics and clinicians to translate lab-based scientific breakthroughs into potential new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies.

Contact details

General enquiries for medicine applications

Katie Belfield


Eligibility and process queries




Health Sciences

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Mental health
  • Rehabilitation (particularly research aligned to the National Rehabilitation Centre)
  • Maternal health and wellbeing
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Children and Young People’s healthcare


Contact details

General enquiries for health sciences applications

Sarah Goldberg


Eligibility and process queries




Life Sciences

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Immunology of Infectious Diseases
  • RNA technologies/therapeutics
  • Biomaterials based therapeutics for inflammation
  • Human metabolism and integrative physiology in healthy ageing
  • Engineering Biology
  • Spatial organisation of cell signalling
  • Human Developmental Anatomy
  • Vertebrate genomics
  • Microbiology (anti-microbial resistance or microbiome)


Contact details

General enquiries for life sciences applications

Amir Ghaemmaghami

Eligibility and process queries




Veterinary Medicine and Science

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Diagnostics and Therapeutics – in particular RNA therapeutics
  • Infection and Immunity – in particular viral immunology
  • Sheep health and welfare


Contact details

General enquiries for veterinary medicine and science applications

Kevin Gough

Eligibility and process queries




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Faculty of Science

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We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Climate change
  • Sustainable agriculture and food production systems
  • Engineering biology
  • Food and nutrition for all
  • Animal biotechnology
  • Microbiology
  • Digital agriculture/smart farm/Agri-tech
  • World leading fundamental biosciences


Contact details

General enquiries for biosciences applications

Ian Fisk


Eligibility and process queries




We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Experimental science of surfaces and interfaces
  • Experimental methods of imaging and analysis
  • Heterogenous catalysis (including heterogeneous electro- and photocatalysis)
  • Coordination, supramolecular or organometallic chemistry for functional materials
  • Inorganic chemistry for hydrogen production, storage or utilisation
  • Low-dimensional materials and colloids
  • Functional devices
  • Biocatalysis
  • Biophysical chemistry/Biological NMR


Contact details

General enquiries for chemistry applications

Andrei Khlobystov

Eligibility and process queries




Computer Science

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Embodied intelligence
  • Cyber security
  • Cyber health


Contact details

General enquiries for computer science applications

Tony Pridmore

Eligibility and process queries




Mathematical Sciences

Contact details

General enquiries for mathematical sciences applications

Silke Weinfurtner


Eligibility and process queries





We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Biotherapeutics
  • Anti-infective technologies
  • Diagnostics and analytics
  • Digital health


Contact details

General enquiries for pharmacy applications

Frankie Rawson


Eligibility and process queries




Physics and Astronomy

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:


Contact details

General enquiries for physics and astronomy applications

Amalia Patane

Eligibility and process queries





We are open to considering applications from researchers in any area of psychology that complements or extends our existing research strengths.

Contact details

General enquiries for psychology applications

Neil Roach


Eligibility and process queries




Faculty of Social Sciences

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We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • International trade
  • Microeconomics


Contact details

International trade enquiries

Giovanni Facchini

Microeconomics enquries

Adrien Vigier

Eligibility and process queries




We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Disciplinary education (maths, languages, science)
  • Educational Leadership and Management
  • Higher, Adult and Vocational education
  • International, Refugee and Migrant education
  • Learning sciences
  • Professional development of teachers and counsellors


Contact details

General enquiries for education applications

Shaaron Ainsworth

Eligibility and process queries




We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Human or physical geography, on topics that include:
    • Environmental sustainability
    • Geospatial analysis
    • Meteorology


Contact details

General enquiries for geography applications

Matthew Jones

Eligibility and process queries




We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Domestic criminal justice
  • International commercial law
  • Private law


Contact details

General enquiries for law applications

Agnes Flues

Eligibility and process queries



Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Research into improving work and employment in health and social care to address the workforce crisis
  • Digital innovation/data analysis for business
  • Levelling up, SMEs resilience and climate risks


Contact details

Social Care Work and Employment enquiries

Simon Bishop

Levelling up, SMEs and climate risks enquiries

Meryem Duygun

Eligibility and process queries



Politics and International Relations

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Cyber security
  • Political communication
  • Chinese security, defence and/or foreign policy
  • Democratisation and representation in areas currently under-represented in the school, especially the United States Canada and Latin America


Contact details

General enquiries for politics and international relations applications

Rory Cormac

Eligibility and process queries



Sociology and Social Policy

We encourage applications in the following priority areas:

  • Sociology – including but not limited to:
    • social inequalities
    • work and organisations
    • sociology of health and illness
  • Criminology – including but not limited to:
    • crime and intersectionality
    • drugs and crime
    • developmental criminology
    • policing


Contact details

General enquiries for sociology and social policy applications

Nicola Carr

Eligibility and process queries

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Recruitment timeline

August 2022

Scheme launch 

6 October 2022

Expression of interest deadline

October/November 2022

School and faculty longlisting

11 November 2022

Candidates invited to submit a full application

9 December 2022

Full application deadline

16 December 2022

Head of School/Department supporting statement

January 2023 

External reviews collated 

January 2023

Shortlisting meeting

February 2023



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