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IATL/IAS Early Career Teaching Fellowship Scheme - 2021/22

Applications are currently closed. The next round of applications is expected to open in spring 2022, with the new ECTF commencement date of October 2022.

Please note: the information below relates to the last round and may be subject to change for the next recruitment cycle.

Early Career Teaching Fellowship (two positions available)

The purpose of the role is to work with Warwick’s Institutes for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) and Advanced Study (IAS) to develop interdisciplinary pedagogy (examples include, but are not limited to: open-space learning, the digital, medical or environmental humanities, education for sustainability and eco-pedagogy, wellbeing, innovation and entrepreneurship, community engagement, widening participation, humanitarian engineering and undergraduate research).

The programme supports a Warwick doctoral candidate in the transition phase between doctoral and postdoctoral careers. The Fellow is expected to advance the development of their research and teaching careers by designing non-modular pedagogic activities, and writing research publications, conference papers, job applications, and postdoctoral fellowship/grant proposals. The Fellow will engage with the interdisciplinary activities of both Institutes. The Fellowship is available on a 100% basis, and a 10 month bursary payment will be provided. As the Fellowship is full-time, holding other part-time employment in conjunction with it is strongly discouraged.

Taking guidance from both Institutes, the Fellow will develop a teachable project based on their own research with a view to experimenting with it in a series of interventions: examples of such interventions might include IATL and IAS events, Teaching and Learning showcases, and workshops on the Learning and Development Centre’s Open Programme. The Fellow will spend the period from October 2021 to July 2022 shadowing IATL staff, developing a pedagogy for their project, completing their learning and teaching interventions with IATL and contributing to the department’s student engagement projects (e.g. Student Ensemble/Emerge, Undergraduate Research/ICUR and/or the Student-as-Producer Programme). They will also engage with the IAS programmes, including the (Accolade) programme during which time they will maintain an ePortfolio and contribute to the IAS’s web-based resources for early career researchers.

Programme Specifications


The IATL/IAS Early Career Teaching Fellowship is open to students registered for a research-based doctorate at Warwick (excluding the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). The Scheme is for Warwick doctoral students who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis for examination. Postgraduate doctoral research students, who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis between 1st October 2020 and 30 September 2021 inclusive, are eligible to apply.

Continuation of the Fellowship beyond the doctoral examination is contingent upon successful completion of the viva (i.e. a recommendation to award the PhD or other doctoral degree with or without minor corrections, but NOT a recommendation to resubmit/referral).

Candidates are required to live within a reasonable distance of the University, so as to participate in IAS, IATL and Graduate School activities, as appropriate. Candidates must be eligible for residence and full-time work in the UK for the duration of the award.

Please note that the ECTF scheme is essentially about providing training and development opportunities for research students (nearing the end of their studies), to prepare them for an academic career. ECTFs are paid a specified monthly stipend to help with living costs but the position is not a salaried job and as such, does not meet the requirements for Tier 2 sponsorship.

Duration of Award

The two IATL/IAS Fellowships will be awarded for a period of 10 months running from 1st of October 2021 to 31st July 2022.

Value of Award

For this full-time fellowship, the successful applicants will receive a bursary of £1274 per month (based on the 2021/22 Research Council stipend), with payment being arranged through Student Finance. In addition, Fellows may apply for a small amount of funding towards research expenses (e.g. towards costs of attending a conference) and workshop activity. This expenditure must be agreed in advance with your IATL mentor and the Director of IATL.

The Fellows will have access to hot-desking facilities in IATL, as well as having access to the Warwick Library and Wolfson Research Exchange.


The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on Monday 17th May 2021. Candidates who are shortlisted will be invited to an interview in late May 2021, with the successful candidate being expected to take up the award on 1st October 2021. Postgraduate doctoral research students, who have submitted or expect to submit their thesis between 1st October 2020 and 30 September 2021 inclusive, are eligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Applications must be made electronically, using the IATL online application form. Applicants are required to provide:

  1. A completed application form received by the stipulated deadline.
  2. A project statement of up to 1,000 words outlining proposed teaching activities, proposed use of the time and facilities available to advance their postdoctoral teaching and research and plans to develop their research profile during the fellowship period.
  3. A statement of up to 150 words on how their research would benefit from/contribute to IATL and IAS.
  4. Their CV. Please note that the length of the CV should be no more than 2 single sides of A4.
  5. Two letters of reference emailed directly to or submitted with the application form by the deadline date. One reference should be from their PhD supervisor to discuss their research and the other should be from someone who can speak about their teaching experience (i.e. module convenor on a module the applicant teaches on).
  6. The email address of their Head of Department and the Departmental Administrator.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete (with the academic references) and reaches IATL by the closing date/time of 12:00 noon on 15 May 2021. Any late or incomplete applications received, will not be considered.

Selection Criteria and Process

Academic Excellence - taking into account: 

  • (CV, two academic references, including one from PhD supervisor and one from teaching mentor)
  • Previous teaching experience (including the facilitation of learning)
  • Previous publication record, if any, arising from the doctoral research
  • Length of time as a doctoral candidate
  • Performance at interview

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

  • Ambition and scope of proposed programme of activities
  • Potential of the proposed programme of activity to advance the candidate’s postdoctoral career
  • Feasibility (ability to accomplish stated goals within the Fellowship period).
  • Applicant’s ability and willingness to situate his/her project within the broader interdisciplinary framework of IATL and IAS.

Scope for Interdisciplinary Engagement – taking into account: 

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

Applications will be considered by a panel of senior Warwick academic staff including the Directors of IATL and IAS.

Interview Date

A provisional interview date has been set, which is still subject to confirmation. The date is Monday 7 June 2021.

Conditions of Award

Bursaries will be continued beyond the doctoral examination date only when the viva is successfully passed (i.e. has resulted in a recommendation to award the PhD or other doctoral degree with or without minor corrections, but NOT to resubmit/be referred).

As the Fellowship is being awarded on a 100% basis, it is expected that the Fellow will not take on employment that will conflict with being able to meet the requirements of the award. Any additional employment should be discussed with the Directors of IATL and IAS and their agreement sought.

Fellows should make best use of IATL, IAS and University facilities, for example through using the hot-desking and office space available in IATL, ePortfolios, the Library and careers advice through specialist Careers Consultants. Fellows are expected to attend IATL and IAS on a regular basis, including the Accolade programme seminars and to maintain systematic contact with the nominated supervisor(s) during the tenure of the award.

International students must ensure that they do not contravene the regulations of their visa and that acceptance of the award does not contravene any contractual obligations to an employer or sponsor.

Fellows will be required to submit a progress report at the end of February 2022, and a final report at the end of the award period in July 2022.

It is expected that candidates will acknowledge, in their workshops and publications, support received from the IATL/IAS Early Career Teaching Fellowship.