'Early postdoctoral' awards come in a variety of guises, from short-term Assistantships and three- to four-year Research Fellowships to 'tenure-track' lectureships. Below follows a short list of the main, regular schemes which may of interest to those coming to the end of their PhD studies on a Renaissance-related topic:
- The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme
Warwick's IAS, Early Career Fellowships. This programme supports Warwick doctoral candidates in the transition phase between their doctoral and postdoctoral research careers. There are two calls per year for the Early Career Fellowship Scheme.
- The Leverhulme Trust (note in particular the Early Careers Fellowships and the Study Abroad Studentships)
- The Newton International Fellowships Scheme, run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society, offers two-year Fellowships covering a broad range of the natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities. Application process typically opens in January
- Those working on the very early part of the Renaissance may be interested in the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame, which offers annually a Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Medieval Studies. (In addition there are short-term stipends for research in the Institute's library of more than 100,000 volumes devoted to the Middle Ages or to consult the Institute's Ambrosiana microfilm collection. Together with the Société pour L'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale the Institute also offers a fellowship in medieval philosophy.)
- The Getty Museum (Los Angeles) offers pre and postdoctoral Fellowships of one academic year for research relating to their annual theme
- The Newberry Library (Chicago) offers a range of pre and postdoctoral Fellowships, including long-term postdoctoral fellowships
- The Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung offers a range of international postdoctoral awards to be held in Germany
- Thirsk-Feinstein PhD Dissertation Prize. The Economic History Society has introduced an annual prize of £1,000 for the best doctoral dissertation in Economic and/or Social History.
- The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies, Ohio State University, offers 1-to 4-month fellowships (epigraphy and Latin palaeography)
The following may also be of interest for those who already have obtained their PhD:
Scouloudi Historical Awards. The purpose for these awards are a) as a subsidy towards the cost of publishing a scholarly book or article, or an issue of a learned journal in the field of history and b) to pay for research, and other expenses, to be incurred in the completion of advanced historical work, which the applicant intends subsequently to publish. This does not included expenses incurred in the preparation of a thesis for a higher degree. Awards are not available to those registered for undergraduate or postgraduate courses or degrees. Forms and regulations are available on their website
- La Fondation Kastler(offers support for doctoral or postdoctoral researchers seeking to undertake a research sojourn in France)
- The British Federation of Women Graduates
Vitae is the UK organisation championing the personal, professional and career development of doctoral researchers and research staff in higher education institutions and research institutes
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Other offers of postdoctoral places are advertised in the press and on jobs.ac.uk. For a general overview of postdoctoral funding, put together by Warwick's Research Support Services, click here. You can also seek advice from Warwick's Careers Service.
Always discuss with your supervisor what you can realistically apply for. If you wish to remain based at Warwick, then you are warmly invited to discuss your plans with the Centre's Director.