Nottingham Fellowships

Our Anne McLaren and Nottingham Research Fellowship schemes produce the next generation of outstanding research leaders.

Our standard recruitment round for fellowships is now closed, with the next round due to launch in late Spring 2019. 

Please also look at opportunities for fellowships within our Beacons of Excellence and the Centre of Excellence in Autoimmunity in Cancer (CEAC) 

Our prestigious internal fellowship schemes are a fundamental part of our Research Vision and we’ll be recruiting a diverse cohort of 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows by the end of 2022.

Our fellowships provide three years' independent research funding, and are linked to a permanent academic position.

You must have registered an interest by 12 October 2018 via each school/faculty 'expression of interest' form and you MUST discuss your research proposal with your host school/faculty.

Fellowships need to have commenced by October 2019.

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

What are the fellowships?

There are two fellowships on offer:

Anne McLaren Fellowships – Our Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female scholars in science, technology, engineering and medicine at the early stage of their academic careers.

Nottingham Research Fellowships – The Nottingham Research Fellowships target outstanding early career researchers in all academic disciplines across the University.

Fellowships are also available linked to the research programmes of our Beacons of Excellence.

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

Back to the top

The Offer

Each fellowship offers:

  • Three years independent funding, starting October 2019, to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham
  • Extensive career development support, including participation in a mentoring scheme
  • Competitive salary set on the Research and Teaching Staff Scales Level 5 (£38,833 and £47,722) depending on experience
  • The linking of the Fellowship to an established academic post, subject to performance against a high quality threshold and the continued right to work in the UK.
  • Research expenses totalling £75,000
  • Additional childcare costs of up to £5,000 per annum
  • Relocation expenses of up to £1,500
  • The opportunity to spend periods of 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 following time in other roles. We also support applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities.


Candidates must have been awarded their PhD prior to the closing date for registering interest in the scheme (12 October 2018).

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.

Back to the top

How to apply

The application process requires you to both contact your host school/faculty to discuss your research proposal, and also complete a short online form

You must:

  • Contact your host school/faculty to discuss your proposal, using the contact details provided in the school/faculty areas below
  • Register your interest in applying using the school/faculty links detailed below, which require you to complete a short application form and submit your CV and a brief research proposal using the links provided.

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

  • Some schools/faculties have identified strategic areas in which they would particularly welcome applications. Please read the school information carefully before discussing your research proposal further.
  • The cut-off date for registering interest via the online form is 5pm, Friday 12 October 2018.

Next steps:

  • Following shortlisting at school and faculty level, short listed candidates will be invited to submit a full application. The deadline for full applications to be submitted to will be 18 December 2018.
  • Candidates will be notified in early March 2019 regarding invitations to attend an interview, likely to be mid-March 2019.

As detailed above, candidates must discuss their research proposal with the named contact in the school/department that would host their fellowship, should their application be successful. You must register an interest via the online form (links provided in contacts below) and when submitting your CV/research proposal please use the following structure:

  • For CV: Name – NRF/AMF CV submission.
  • For Research Proposal: Name – NRF/AMF Research Proposal

If you are applying for both schemes, please ensure that you indicate this on the online form, and save your files as NRF_AMF CV/Research proposal.

Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering encourages applications from excellent early career researchers to all of its’ 24 research groups. Candidates are asked to check the information provided online about the focus of these groups to identify which they think would be the best fit to host their fellowship.

In addition, the Faculty of Engineering is prioritising applications to the following research areas:

  • Carbon abatement technologies encompassing CO2 capture, biomass utilisation, smart materials and energy efficient technologies
  • Geospatial information
  • Resilience of renewable energy generation systems and distribution networks and critical national infrastructure
  • Museum architecture, design and visitor experience
  • Composites material design, analysis and manufacture
  • Environmental fluid mechanics and geo-processes
  • Control and power electronics for microgrid systems
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Smart manufacturing systems
  • Human-centred robotics and digital design
  • Multifunctional structures for biomaterials
  • Manufacturing of advanced electrical machines for propulsion systems
  • Energy harvesting and storage device innovation and fabrication, including opto-electronic/thermo-electronic characterisation
  • Hydrogen systems
  • Architecture and neuropsychology

Contact Details

Whether you are applying through the ‘research group’ route, or the ‘prioritised research area’ route, all prospective candidates MUST also contact:

You will be provided with the contact details of the relevant academic lead, and will have the opportunity to discuss your application with a member of our Research Development Team.

Expression of Interest form
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:

  • Digital transformations in the arts and humanities: work involving complex data sets or digital strategies such as virtual or augmented reality in the context of arts-led research and public engagement, and/or research that explores how societies communicate and use knowledge digitally.
  • Heritage and museum studies: research and partnership work, nationally or internationally, that supports a better understanding of and public engagement with heritage or contested histories.
  • 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

Faculty of Arts for substantive queries about a research project and its fit with the Faculty’s strategic themes. Please mark your email ‘Nottingham Research Fellowship_ your name.

Expression of Interest form

For all queries regarding eligibility or details of the scheme, please email 

Faculty of Social Sciences

School of Law

School of Geography

School of Sociology and Social Policy

School of Politics and International Relations

School of Economics

Nottingham University Business School

School of Education

Faculty of Science

School of Pharmacy

School of Psychology

School of Biosciences

  • Contact: Dr Ian Fisk
  • Telephone: +44(0)115 9516037
  • Email:
  • Strategic Priority Areas: Animal Science, Environmental Science
  • Expression of Interest form >

School of Computer Science

School of Chemistry

School of Mathematical Sciences


Expression of Interest form >

School of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

School of Medicine

  • Contact: Dr Cathy Merry
  • Telephone: +44 (0)115 8231159
  • Email:
  • Strategic Priority Areas: Cancer, clinical trials, digestive disesases, mental and brain health, musculoskeletal and respiratory diseases, regenerative medicine
  • Expression of Interest form >

School of Life Sciences

  • Contact: Professor Victoria Chapman 
  • Telephone: +44 (0)115 8230136
  • Email:
  • Strategic Priority Areas: Immunotherapy; antimicrobial resistance; pain; synthetic biology; neuroinflammation; cell signalling; parasitology; microbiome; genomics; systems modelling
  • Expression of Interest form >

School of Health Sciences

Vet School


Expression of Interest form >
Back to the top

Recruitment Timeline

Important dates for the diary.

Recruitment Timeline

July 2018

Announcement of call details

July-October 2018

Candidates discuss and develop application with Host School, complete online form and submit CV/research proposal

17:00 12 October 2018

Cut-off date for registering interest

13 November 2018

Candidates invited to submit a full application

17:00 on 18 December 2018

Submission of full applications

17:00 on 8 January 2019

Submission of Head of School supporting statement

8 February 2019

External reviews

February 2019


March 2019

Notification of invitation to interview 


Useful Links

Back to the top

World-class research at the University of Nottingham

University Park
+44 (0) 115 951 5151
Athena Swan Logo