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Postdoctoral Research

The Department of English and Related Literature has long supported postdoctoral researchers of all kinds in successful applications to myriad funding schemes. These include: UK Research Councils, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Foundation, the Danish and Irish Governments, and the Wellcome Trust. We welcome applicants to join one of our four period-specific research schools and benefit from the facilities and collegial environment of one of the top English departments in the world.

Arts and Humanities research in York is generously supported by the facilities offered by the purpose-built Humanities Research Centre on our main campus and at King’s Manor in York city centre. The University library is home to the Borthwick Institute for Archives (the largest public record office outside London) and the dedicated Raymond Burton Yorkshire Collection, and we also have research links with .

The Department supports a broad range of scholarly, intellectual and cultural activities in a variety of media, including theatre, film and creative industries. Writers at York brings high-profile national and international authors to campus every term. Our interdisciplinary research centres all host their own seminar series and York-based research projects.

We will support candidates who can demonstrate:

  • a track record of excellent research
  • 'fit' with a mentor (where appropriate)
  • compatibility with the work of our research schools and centres.

If you want to pursue your research here please contact our Director of Research, Professor Jon Mee, in the first instance. In relation to mentorship, please also feel free to contact any colleagues on the below pages.

Find out more about our:

In the information that follows, where dates have passed, please bear in mind that we expect similar deadlines in future. For the most up to date information on deadlines, please check each funder’s website.

List of our current scholarships:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Department welcomes expressions of interest for .

We support exceptional applicants for Leverhulme ECRs, and will be looking to support one candidate in the 2024 call. Potential candidates are welcome to submit a concise 800-word draft proposal along with their CV for consideration by an internal review panel before they commit to an institution. We also expect all candidates to identify a mentor within the Department to support their Fellowship/application. Expressions of interest should be submitted well in advance of the announcement of the opening of the Leverhulme scheme, that is, by 12 noon (UK time) on Friday 24 November 2023. An internal panel will be able to give an indication of whether we can support an application by mid-January 2024. 

Please contact Claire Chambers, Director of Research.
 
I knew I wanted the 四虎影院 to be the institutional home for my postdoctoral research because of its lively and rich research culture, both within the department of English and Related Literature and beyond through its many interdisciplinary networks, including the Centre for Medieval Studies. I joined York in 2020 as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and I have benefitted immensely from the incredible community here in the department - Francesca Brooks, Fellow
 
I joined the department in 2020 as a postdoctoral research associate at The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity. I have benefited greatly from the incredibly supportive network of early career scholars and from mentorship with Professor Helen Smith. York's department of English and Related Literature is truly one of the most vibrant and supportive communities of scholars I have encountered. - Sarah Bezan, Fellow






British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The  are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars. The scheme provides a salary for three years and associated research expenses.

Who can apply?

The scheme offers 3-year fellowships for postdoctoral researchers who are within 3 years of the award of their doctorate (for the 2023/24 scheme, this means being awarded via a viva voce examination between 1 April 2021 and 1 April 2024).

The applicant must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Applicants who don’t fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community. This is typically gained through having been employed in a temporary capacity at a UK university for a significant period of time (generally at least 12 months).

The award is paid on an 80% fEC basis (the same way research councils work) and includes salary costs for the fellow and university overheads. Research expenses up to £6000 are paid at 100% fEC. Application is a 2-stage process; only applicants that are successful in the first outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal in 2024.

While it is not a requirement, the British Academy does encourage applicants to consider moving to a different institution. If any York PhDs are interested in applying for a fellowship at York, it's important that they have a good reason for doing so (i.e. it’s integral to their career development) and can articulate this clearly in the application.

As you may already be aware, this is an extremely competitive scheme and the success rate rarely exceeds 10%. Resubmissions are not possible unless the applicant has made it through to a 2nd-stage application in a previous year. As such, it’s important that applicants take the time to submit the best application they can since it may be their only chance. In some cases it may be wiser to postpone submission until next year if that means a significantly stronger application.

The current British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme has a deadline of Wednesday 4 October 2023, but we will need to see an application from you at the latest by Wednesday 13 September 2023.  

British Academy International Fellowships

International Fellowships, delivered jointly by the British Academy and the Royal Society, enable postdoctoral researchers from overseas to work for three years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.

Who can apply?

The scheme offers 3-year fellowships for postdoctoral researchers with no more than 7 years of full-time postdoctoral experience. Applicants must be currently working outside the UK and must not hold UK citizenship.

This scheme funds the Fellows' salary, and up to £12,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum for research expenses, as well as a one-off payment of up to £8,000 for relocation expenses.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to Claire Chambers:

  • A short CV (one page)
  • An outline of the proposed research (max 500 words) and the name of your proposed mentor and why you have chosen them (max 100 words). The outline should include a summary of the project, the research questions, how the research advances the field and the proposed methodology.

It is recommended that you contact a proposed mentor in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Claire Chambers.

British Academy/Wolfson Fellowships

 are designed to support early-career researchers who currently hold a permanent or fixed-term post, who show talent in both research and public engagement. This award offers a maximum of £130,000 across three years, some of which can be used to buy out your time, and some of which can be used for research, travel expenses and dissemination of findings.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be within seven years of the completion of their doctorate, and must have a full-time or part-time permanent or fixed-term post that covers the length of the award (three years). Applicants should have research, teaching and other related duties from which they would need to be released.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to Claire Chambers:

  • A short CV (one page)
  • An outline of the proposed research (max 500 words) and the name of your proposed mentor and why you have chosen them (max 100 words). The outline should include a summary of the project, the research questions, how the research advances the field and the proposed methodology.

It is recommended that you contact a proposed mentor in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Claire Chambers.

Wellcome Trust Awards

For all funding schemes see . The main funding schemes for Wellcome are:

  • For early researchers: 
  • For mid-career researchers: 
  • For established researchers and schemes: 

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to :

  • A short CV (one page)
  • An outline of the proposed research (max 500 words) and the name of your proposed mentor and why you have chosen them (max 100 words). The outline should include a summary of the project, the research questions, how the research advances the field and the proposed methodology.

It is recommended that you contact your proposed mentor in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Claire Chambers.

HRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Read more about HRC Postdoctoral Fellowships (York only)

UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world class. This cross-UK Research and Innovation scheme will support early career researchers and innovators with outstanding potential in universities, UK registered businesses, and other research environments. The support offered will be long-term and flexible, providing a comprehensive package, including the Fellow's salary and justified research, staff and training costs. Seven years of support is available, employing a four year + three year model, with an external review in year four. Upon cessation of the FLF (after either four or seven years) and subject to performance, the University will offer Fellows an open-ended independent research position.

The University has an internal process for helping with applications to this scheme.  Round nine of this scheme is likely to begin in early 2024, and we encourage you to get in touch if interested in applying to this or future rounds.

Please contact Claire Chambers for details.

EU - Marie Skodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

This  of two to three years is open to experienced researchers with a PhD (or at least four years’ full-time research experience). In all cases, the fellowship must involve an element of mobility (specified below).

  • European Fellowships are held in EU Member States or Associated Countries and are open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. European fellowships are 12-24 months in length. To apply for a fellowship with York, you must not have been based in the UK for more than 12 months of the three years preceding the call deadline (13 September 2023)
  • Global Fellowships are based on a secondment to a third country and a mandatory 12 month return period to a European host. Global Fellowships are 12 to 24 months for the outgoing phase, plus 12 months for the return phase in Europe. To apply for a fellowship with York, you must be an EU / Associated country national or have been resident in the UK for five years or more. You must not have spent more than 12 months of the three years preceding the call deadline (13 September 2023) in the third country.

In order to be considered, please submit the following documents to Claire Chambers:

  • A copy of your CV (following the Marie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship guidelines) 
  • A two page outline of the proposed research project 
  • Up to one page on your proposed mentor, your reasons for this choice and the wider fit between your project and the Department

It is recommended that you contact your proposed mentor in advance of applying. If you have any questions regarding the process please contact Claire Chambers.