Nottingham Fellowships

Join the next generation of outstanding research leaders. Apply now for an Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowship.


Our fellowship recruitment is temporarily paused due to the pandemic. We hope to reopen recruitment soon and updates will follow.

Our prestigious fellowship schemes are a fundamental part of our mission for the delivery of exceptional research that changes lives in the UK and across the world.

We are recruiting 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows to help us achieve this vision.

As one of our fellows, you will enhance our diverse, thriving community of outstanding early career researchers. You will join a University with an international reputation for transformative discoveries and:

  • Take a prestigious first step into an independent research career
  • Receive three year’s independent research funding
  • Have a role linked to a permanent academic position at the University

Please register your interest by 22 August 2019 via the relevant school/faculty vacancy. Please discuss your research proposal with your host school/faculty.

Expected start date for successful fellows is June 2020.

For further general 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 scholars 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 targeted at exceptional postdoctoral researchers in all academic disciplines represented at the University

Find out more about our current fellows, their research, and what it's like to be part of our fellowship cohort.

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We offer:

  • three years’ independent research funding, covering salary costs at c. £40,000-48,000
  • the link to a permanent academic post, subject to performance
  • additional funding for research expenses totalling £75,000
  • childcare costs of up to £5,000 per annum
  • access to mentoring, career development and networking with the wider fellowship community
  • the opportunity to spend time at University of Nottingham campuses in China and Malaysia

Our fellowships actively supports 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.

Am I eligible to apply?

Find out if you're eligible

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 (22 August 2019). 

This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates 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 and track record, relative to their career stage.

Candidates for the Anne McLaren Fellowships must be pursuing a career in a STEM subject. Female scholars 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 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. See 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

To apply, please ensure you have completed the following mandatory steps:

  • Identify your host school/faculty from the list below
  • Contact the identified school contact to discuss your research proposal – see list below.  Check whether the school/faculty has strategic areas where they particularly welcome applications
  • Follow the link (below) to the online form for your host school/faculty and ensure you upload your CV and research proposal.  The format of the CV/Research Proposal is provided in the individual application links below.

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

The cut-off date for registering interest via the online form is Thursday 22 August 2019.

Faculty of Engineering

The faculty’s research portfolio is split across 22 research groups, which underpin many of our interdisciplinary centres and institutes that are dedicated to addressing global challenges. Our priority areas are:

We encourage applications from excellent early career researchers to all of our 22 research groups. You must check the information provided online about both our faculty's thematic priorities and the focus of the individual research groups to identify which you think would be the best fit to host your fellowship. You must also make contact with the head of group to discuss your proposal and the potential of the group hosting your fellowship.

Contact details

All prospective candidates MUST contact us on before submitting an application. 

You will then be provided with the contact details of the relevant head of research group if you have not already made contact, and have the opportunity to discuss your application with a member of our Research Development team.

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Faculty of Arts

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

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 disucss your research project and its fit with our strategic themes. Please mark your email ‘Nottingham Research Fellowship_ your name'.

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Faculty of Social Sciences
Nottingham University Business School 

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School of Politics and International Relations

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School of Law

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School of Sociology and Social Policy

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School of Geography
  • Contact: Dr Simon Gosling
  • +44(0)115 95 15437
  • Strategic priority areas: geographical political economies; glacial geomorphology

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School of Economics
  • Contact: Professor Facundo Albornoz Crespo
  • +44(0)115 95 15474
  • Strategic priority areas: international economics; behavioural economics; development economics; econometrics; macroeconomics; finance; labour economics; economic theory

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School of Education
  • Contact: Professor Simon McGrath
  • +44(0)115 951 4508
  • Strategic priority areas: 
    • adult and lifelong education
    • policies, practices, histories
    • vocational education and training for sustainable human development
    • teachers' work
    • teacher professionalism and education policy
    • authenticity and well-being
    • self-harm in educational settings
    • learning in through and with the arts and creative pedagogies
    • drawing to learn
    • learning in and through science
    • literacy learning

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Faculty of Science
School of Pharmacy
  • Contact: Dr Frankie Rawson
  • +44(0)115 74 84698
  • Strategic priority areas: chemical & structural biology, drug delivery & formulation, data science & informatics

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School of Psychology

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School of Physics and Astronomy


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School of Computer Science
  • Contact: Professor Tony Pridmore
  • +44(0)115 8466510
  • Strategic priority areas: artificial intelligence, robotics and cyber-security

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School of Biosciences
  • Contact: Dr Ian Fisk
  •  +44(0)115 95 16037
  • Strategic priority areas: animal science, environmental science, animal biotechnology, food microbiology 

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School of Chemistry
  • Contact: Mark Searle
  • +44 (0)115 95 13567
  • Strategic priority areas: sustainable chemistry; bioctalysis/chemical biology; soft matter/colloids

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School of Mathematical Sciences

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School of Mathematical Sciences

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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
School of Medicine

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School of Health Sciences

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School of Life Sciences
  • Contact: Dr Elizabeth Humphreys
  • +44 (0)115 8231626 

Strategic priority areas:

  • bioinformatic-based approaches to biology and biomedical sciences

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Vet School


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Recruitment timeline

Important dates for the diary.

Recruitment timeline

June 2019

Scheme launch 

22 August 2019

Expression of interest deadline

August/September 2019

School and faculty longlisting

4 October 2019

Candidates invited to submit a full application

7 November 2019

Full application deadline

November 2019

External reviews collated 

28 November 2019

Shortlisting meeting 

Late November

Notification of invitation to interview 

w/c 10 December



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