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Early Career Fellowships


This scheme is currently open for applications, the next deadline is Midday 1st December 2021 with fellowships commencing April 2022.

The 'How to Apply for an ECF' Workshop took place in January 2021. If you'd like to register your interest for future workshops, please email .

In light of the University moving to remote working, if you have any problems in gaining the necessary signatures approving your application please contact us on as soon as possible.

The Early Career Fellowship Scheme supports completing Warwick doctoral candidates in the transition phase between their doctoral and independent postdoctoral research careers. Applications are welcomed twice per year.

    Scheme Objectives

    The Early Career Fellowship aims to help completing PhD students establish themselves in an academic career. Early Career Fellows will: 

    • Refine and maximise the academic outputs and impact from their PhD research 
    • Develop fellowship and funding applications with support and advice from IAS 
    • Develop their wider skills in academic leadership through participation in the Accolade Training Programme 
    • Make new interdisciplinary connections and research directions 
    • Organise a research-related event to showcase themselves and their research to the wider academic community 

    Note that this is not a vehicle for funding new research or for completing PhD investigations. Such activities are outside the scope of the ECF.  


    The fellowship is awarded 0.5 FTE (i.e. half-time) for six months in the first instance with the option to extend to 10 months on demonstration of satisfactory progress and participation. The Fellowship is not a salaried post, but provides a training stipend to support the Fellow’s participation in the Accolade Programme. The stipend is based on 50% of that of the current Research Council PhD studentship, and amounts to £637 per month in the 20/21 academic year. In addition, the Fellow may apply for up to £200 to support activities in support of development of their research careers. 

    The Fellow will also have access to the IAS and University facilities for the duration of the Fellowship. 


    Candidates must apply only to the round(s) for which they are eligible. In 2021-22 the two call deadlines are:

    • Midday 1 December 2021: for candidates who will submit their thesis for examination between 1 October 2021 and 30 April 2022, with Fellowships commencing April 2022.
    • Midday 27 April 2022: for candidates who will submit their thesis for examination between 1 May and 30 September 2022, with Fellowships commencing October 2022.

    Further Details

    You must submit their thesis for examination by the specified deadline, and you will be expected to attend and actively participate in the Accolade Programme. 

    The extension of Fellowships to 10 months duration will only be considered if the doctoral examination is successfully completed (i.e. has resulted in a recommendation to award with or without corrections). 

    You may not undertake other employment for more than 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE) during the tenure of their award. 

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you have an appropriate visa where necessary, and that acceptance of the award does not conflict with the terms and conditions of any existing visa. 

    Review Criteria

    Applications will be considered by a panel of Warwick academic staff, including the IAS Director. 

    Academic Excellence - taking into account: 

    • Previous publication record, if any, arising from the doctoral research 
    • Conference papers, if any, based on the doctoral research 
    • Grants and fellowships awarded during postgraduate career 
    • Evidence of engagement with research community beyond immediate field 
    • Letters of reference 

    Quality of Proposed Activities - as detailed in project statement, taking into account: 

    • Intellectual ambition and scope of proposed activities 
    • Ability of proposed programme to lead to the advancement the candidate’s postdoctoral research career 
    • Evidence of ongoing proactivity and clarity of objectives to achieve research goals. 
    • Feasibility (ability to accomplish stated goals within the Fellowship period). 
    • That this is not a vehicle for funding new research or for completing PhD investigations 

    Scope for Interdisciplinary engagement – taking into account: 

    • The interdisciplinary direction of the proposed work 
    • Applicant’s ability and willingness to situate their future research within the broader interdisciplinary research framework of the IAS.

    Application Procedure

    From the Applicant - TWO documents, uploaded together

    • An activity statement of up to 500 words
    • A statement of up to 250 words on how their research would benefit from/contribute to the IAS
    • Signatures of the applicant’s Head of Department and Departmental Administrator
    • The CV of the applicant (The CV will be no more than 2 single-spaced, single sides of A4)

    From the Referees - ONE document per referee

    • Letters of reference which aim to address the candidate’s:
    • Achievements: academic, as well as engagement, beyond immediate specialism
    • Contributions to the department: teaching, seminars, support with events
    • Academic and support related responsibilities
    • Awareness of and involvement with interdisciplinary research

    It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application and academic references and reach the IAS by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications submitted will not be considered.

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