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Early Career Fellowships


This scheme is currently open for applications, the next deadline is Midday 12th January 2021 with fellowships commencing April 2021.

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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 is a career development programme which aims to help fellows establish themselves in an academic career. It does this by providing an opportunity to:

    • Establish an independent research profile that will contribute to their ongoing academic career development.
    • Maximising the academic outputs and impact from their PhD research
    • Organise a research-related event to showcase themselves and their research to the wider academic community
    • Develop fellowship and funding applications with IAS training and writing support
    • Develop their wider skills and knowledge in academic leadership through participation in the Accolade Training Programme,


    Candidates must apply only to the round(s) for which they are eligible. In 2020-21 the two call deadlines are:

    • Midday 12 January 2021: for candidates who will submit their thesis for examination between 1 October 2020 and 30 April 2021, with Fellowships commencing April 2021.
    • Midday 27 April 2021: for candidates who will submit their thesis for examination between 1 May and 30 September 2021, with Fellowships commencing October 2021.


    The 0.5 FTE Fellowship is not a salaried post, but provides a stipend to support the Fellow’s participation in the Accolade Programme. The stipend is based on 50% of the current Research Council stipend (e.g. £15,009 per annum full-time in 2019-20) which would currently amount to £625 per month.

    In addition the Fellow is awarded £150 for research expenses and £350 to run a research-related activity. The Fellow will also have access to the IAS and University facilities for the duration of the Fellowship.


    1. The applicant will submit their thesis for examination by the specified deadline. Any candidate who fails to submit their thesis for examination by the deadline will forfeit their award and may, if eligible, be able to apply in a subsequent round.
    2. The Fellow will attend and actively participate in the Accolade Programme.
      • In order to attend Accolade, Fellows will live a reasonable distance from University Campus for the duration of their award.
    3. The Fellowship is awarded for an initial two terms, with the option to extend to three terms upon the demonstration of satisfactory progress and participation.
      • Fellowships will only be considered for the extension period if the doctoral examination is successfully passed (i.e. has resulted in a recommendation to award with or without corrections).
    4. The Fellow will detail their progress to the IAS throughout the tenure of their award.
    5. The Fellow will not undertake other employment for more than 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE) during the tenure of their award.
    6. The Fellow will maintain systematic contact with their nominated mentor(s) during the tenure of their award.
    7. It is the responsibility of the Fellow to ensure that they have an appropriate visa where necessary and that acceptance of this award does not conflict with the terms and conditions of any existing visa.
    8. All financial spending associated with this Fellowship will be conducted in accordance with the University’s Financial Regulations and with prior approval from IAS staff.
    9. The Fellow will acknowledge support received from the Institute of Advanced Study in publications and any other outputs.

    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 programme of 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).

      Scope for Interdisciplinary engagement – taking into account:

        • Applicant’s ability and willingness to situate his/her research project within the broader interdisciplinary research framework of the IAS.

        Application Procedure

        From the Applicant - TWO documents, uploaded together

        • A project 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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