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Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

***Anyone who believes that they have a research CV suited to post-doctoral funding success and is interested in applying for PDF funding through PAIS must:

  1. make contact with a member of academic staff who they hope will act as their designated mentor;
  2. notify both the Head of Department (Juanita Elias) and the Director of Research (Christopher Moran) in PAIS.

It is imperative that both the Head of Department and the Director of Research are consulted from the outset of the application process because the department has financial limits on the number of applications that can be put forward.


ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP invites applications for four ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowships to be based at one of their partner institutions, which includes the University of Warwick. These fellowships are aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. Applicants must have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience by the closing date of the call. Please contact the post-doctoral co-ordinator for expressions of interest and see the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for further details.

ESRC New Investigator Grants

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 the post-doctoral co-ordinator for expressions of interest. See the ESRC New Investigator page for details.

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

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)

These Fellowships provide 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 the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Competition 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 obtaining departmental support, which will be subject to subsequent University approval, is as follows:

  1. Expressions of interest should be sent by email to the post-doctoral co-ordinator for this scheme by Tuesday 9th January 2019, including:
    1. A draft proposal in Word which addresses the 'Research and Publications' section of the Leverhulme Trust ECF application form in the word length permitted (2 sides of A4, including bibliography). Further details, including the application form.
    2. An academic CV (2 pages maximum)
    3. An email confirming support from the nominated 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 to be made by 23rd January 2019. These applications will then receive feedback and administrative support in the run up to the Leverhulme Trust deadline of 28th February 2019.
  3. The criteria for selection will be:
    1. Research track-record of nominee
    2. Quality of proposed research to be conducted while at PAIS
    3. Fit with the mentor and the strength of their support
    4. Fit with broader aims of the Leverhulme competition



British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy's Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 tothe post-doctoral co-ordinator. A departmental panel will then select which candidates it will support in the BA competition.


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships

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 the post-doctoral co-ordinator. Before making contact potential applicants should check their eligibility for the schemes by going to the website. 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:

  1. hold a PhD or have four years postgraduate research experience;
  2. be citizens of an EU member State (or Associated State) other then the UK;
  3. 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).

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 further information see the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships page.

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. 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 the AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme for Early Career Researchers page for more information.

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

The Warwick University Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) Early Career Fellowship scheme is now open. The next closing date is January 2019.

Newton International Fellowships

These are for applicants who currently hold a PhD, have no more than 7 years postdoctoral experience, 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. http://newtonfellowships.org/