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Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

ESRC New Investigator Grants 2017-18 (call open)

New Investigator Grants are specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace the ESRC's Future Research Leaders scheme. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. There are no fixed closing deadlines, meaning a proposal can be submitted at any time.If you are interested in applying to this award, please bear in mind that there is likely to be an internal review conducted by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Warwick. This is to ensure that only the highest-calibre proposals are given official institutional support. Please contact Ed Page ( for further details.

Warwick University Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) WIRL-COFUND - Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Programme Fellowship (call opens October 2017)

This Programme is designed to bring the best early career researchers from around the world to Warwick for a 2-year fellowship which aims to develop them into the next generation of research leaders. Fellows will develop their independent research profile and take part in a dedicated training programme based on the successful model developed by the IAS over the past decade. The scheme is open to researchers from all disciplines who meet the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions definition of an Experienced Researcher (PhD or 4 years equivalent experience) and conform to the mobility requirements of the COFUND scheme (no more than 12 months spent in the UK in the previous three years). In addition, the research proposed should align with one of the University's Global Research Priorities. Further information is available on the WIRL-COFUND website:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Competition 2017-18 (call opens mid-December 2017)

The Fellowship provides career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships should lead to a permanent academic position.

PAIS has an excellent track record in supporting successful candidates for this scheme and we are now inviting suitably qualified candidates to support in the latest scheme. Due to intense researcher interest, however, the Department will select a limited number of fellowship applications to support in this competition. These applications will be selected through a competitive selection process. The procedure for obtaning departmental support, which will be subject to subsequent University approval, is as follows:

1. Expressions of interest in the scheme should be sent by email to Ed Page ( and should include the following materials:
(a) a draft proposal in Word which addresses the 'Research and Publications' section of the Leverhulme Trust ECF application form in the word length permitted. Details of the application form are here
(b) an academic CV (2 pages maximum)
(c) a forwarded email or a letter confirming support for your application from your chosen mentor in PAIS (who must be a permanent member of staff)

2. All submissions received by the deadline which meet these requirements will then be reviewed by the postdoctoral research co-ordinators group with a final decision on applications to support to be made by the Head of Department. We expect the decision on supported applications, which will then receive application feedback and administrative support in the run up to the Leverhulme Trust deadline.

3. The criteria for selection will be:
(a) Research track-record of nominee
(b) Quality of proposed research to be conducted while at PAIS
(c) Fit with the mentor and the strength of their support
(d) Fit with broader aims of the Leverhulme competition

Queries about the Leverhulme ECF Scheme can be sent to Ed Page (
Tips from a former panel reviewer at the Leverhulme are available here.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (call closed)

The British Academy's PDF scheme funds outstanding early career researchers in undertaking a major (3 year) research project that both strengthens their experience of research and teaching in a university environment with the aim of improving their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts at the end of the project. The BA deadline for this scheme, which is a two stage competitive process, is usually in early October.

Prospective fellows interested in this scheme and wishing to locate their project in PAIS need to submit a concise draft outline of their project application (following closely the British Academy application guidance), a 1-2 page CV, and indicate which permanent member of academic staff will act as mentor for the project if funded. These items should be sent to Dr Ed Page ( A departmental panel will then select which candidates it will support in the BA competition.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships 2017 (call closed)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships are designed enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. Expressions of interest in these schemes from potential applicants are welcome and should be sent to Dr Chris Clarke ( We will not consider enquiries from potential applicants after this date. Before making contact potential applicants should check their eligibility for the schemes by going to the website linked above. They should also familiarise themselves with the scheme requirements. Finally, it is imperative that potential applicants make meaningful contact with an existing member of academic staff with whom they wish to develop their application.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEFs) support the career development of researchers at different stages of their careers by funding a period of research at an overseas research institution. The awards are 12-24 months in duration and eligible researchers must: (i) hold a PhD or have four years postgraduate research experience; (ii) be citizens of an EU member State (or Associated State) other then the UK; and (iii) must not have worked full-time at a UK Higher Education Institution in the past three years (temporary periods of employment, such as research visits, amounting to no more than 12 months are however acceptable under the IEF rules). For an overview and eligibility criteria of the scheme see this page.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIFs) are targetted at researchers moving from Third Countries to EU member states. The eligibility criteria, duration and purpose of the grants is otherwise similar to IEFs. For information see:

AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme for Early Career Researchers

Provides 6-24 months of support and up to £250,000 FEC for potential future research leaders to undertake focused individual research alongside collaborative activities which have the potential to generate a transformative impact on their subject area and beyond. In addition to demonstrating support for high quality, world leading research and associated outputs, proposals must include collaborative activities to support the development of the Fellow’s capacity for research leadership in the arts and humanities. Applicants must have been employed at Warwick for at least 1 year at the point of application and, due to the expectations of the scheme, these fellowships are aimed at those with permanent or long-term contracts. There is no deadline as it is an open call scheme.

See here for more information:

Warwick University Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Early Career Fellowship

The scheme is now closed but further updates on the next round of Early Career Fellowships scheme will be announced here:

Newton International Fellowships

These are for applicants who currently hold a PhD, have no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience, and DO NOT hold UK citizenship and who should be working outside the UK at the time of application. The Fellowships cover the broad range of physical, natural and social sciences and the humanities. They provide grants of £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and up to £8,000 per annum to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of up to £2,000. In addition, Newton Fellows may be eligible for follow-up funding of up to £6,000 per annum for up to 10 years following the completion of the Fellowship.