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School of Geography

Externally-Funded Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

These fellowships are for outstanding early career researchers from all disciplines and provide funding for a three-year academic position to undertake a substantial piece of publishable work. It is annual competition with a deadline in late February or early March each year.

Full details on the scheme are found on the Leverhulme Trust’s website here.

The school currently hosts two Leverhulme Fellows:

Dr Casper Laing-Ebbensgaard - Luminous Verticality: The changing geographies of East London at night

Dr Sam Halvorsen - Rethinking territory from below: learning from theory and practice in Argentina

Expressions of interest are currently being sought from researchers interested in applying to the 2019 competition with the school. Full details on how to apply are here. To discuss an application, please contact our Research Manager, Andrew Loveland,

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme provides funding for excellent post-doctoral researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Funding covers a 36-month independent research post aimed at the completion of a significant piece or pieces of publishable work. Full details are on the BA website here. This is an annual two-stage competition, with a deadline normally in mid-October.

The school currently hosts one BA Postdoctoral Fellow:

Dr Claudia Soares - An Emotional History of Institutional Childcare in Britain, Australia and Canada

ESRC London Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership Postdoctoral Fellowships

These are 12-month fellowships aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks, and their research and professional skills. Funding covers the fellow’s salary for one year, plus research expenses up to £10,000. This annual completion normally has a deadline in late March. More details are on the ESRC LISS DTP website here.

The school currently hosts two ESRC LISS DTP Fellows:

Dr Amy Clarke – Urban Roots and National Belonging: hierarchies and scales of belonging in London

Dr Azeezat Johnson – The Clothing Practices of Black Muslim Women in Britain

NERC Independent Research Fellowship

The NERC Independent Research Fellowship (IRF) scheme is designed to develop scientific leadership among the most promising early-career environmental scientists, by giving all fellows five years' support, which will allow them sufficient time to develop their research programmes and to gain international recognition. This is an annula competition with a deadline usually in early October and full details can be found here.

The school currently hosts one NERC IR Fellow:

Dr Heather Ford - Reconstructing Intermediate and Deep Ocean Circulation during the Pliocene Warm Period


The school is also interested in anybody considering applying for the following fellowship schemes: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships; UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships; Newton International Fellowships; British Academy/Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships. Please contact Andrew Loveland if you are interested in applying for any of these schemes.

European Commission H2020 Funding Opportunity


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships - Call for Expressions of Interest


European Fellowships

The School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) welcomes Expressions of Interest for researchers to apply jointly with a QMUL host supervisor, to the European Commission’s 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual European Fellowship Scheme.

The Fellowships are a prestigious EU funding scheme which support mobility, career development and training in Europe and beyond. The fellowships offer 12-24 months highly competitive researcher salary and research/training funds. The fellowship should include an individual research project, integrated with advanced training, professional development and knowledge transfer, hosted at QMUL.

What does the Fellowship entail?

A researcher with either a PhD or 4 years relevant research experience, moves to an institution in another country (the “host country”), where she/he works with a designated supervisor to deliver a specific research and training project. Both Supervisor and Fellow should collaborate on the application.

Researcher Profile

Candidates are expected to have a strong CV relative to their career stage and should be able to demonstrate their high potential.


You can be of any nationality, but you must not have spent more than 12 months in the UK in the last 36 months prior to the EC call deadline (09/09/2020)

You must have a PhD (or equivalent), or four years full time research experience


Gross salary (€89,067 pa*, including Living Allowance and Mobility Allowance)

Family allowance (if eligible, €500 per month also paid as salary to the fellow)

Research, training and networking costs (€800 per month)

Management and indirect costs (€650 per month to the host)

*Note that gross salary includes employer on-costs and tax

All allowances are flat rates and calculated according to the duration of the fellowship.

Research Areas

The School of Geography welcomes Expressions of Interest (EOI) within the following research areas:

Culture, Space and Power

Earth Surface Science

Economy, Development and Social Justice 

Knowledge, Interventions and Networks in Health

Further details on the School’s research themes and centres can be found at .

How to Apply

To apply, please submit an EOI to the School’s Research Manager, Monira Begum ( by 5th June 2020.

Your EOI documents must include:

1) A copy of your CV, including a full list of publications (max. 3 pages)

2) 2 page outline of your research proposal (to review the quality of your idea)

3) A statement confirming that you meet the fellow eligibility criteria (described above)

4) Name of a potential mentor for the project from within in the School.
Staff details can be found at

EOI Results will be announced around 30 June 2020. Selected candidates will then be invited to prepare their full proposal with their supervisor.

If you are invited to submit a proposal with QMUL, please read the Individual Fellowship Guide for Applicants and call text. Expert assistance with regards to proposal development and submission will also be provided by the QMUL Joint Research Management Office, EU Unit.

QMUL has a history of success with 62 Horizon 2020 individual fellowships awarded to date and ranked 8th in the UK and 14th in Europe for H2020 fellowships.

EC Funding Deadline

The call is expected to open on 8 April 2020, the final deadline date for submissions to the European Commission is 9 September 2020 17:00 Brussels time.


Applying for a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Funding opportunities

The School of Geography has a diverse community of postdoctoral fellows who contribute to our dynamic research environment.  We welcome enquiries from potential postdoctoral fellows interested in applying for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Applicants wishing to consider applying for the BA Postdoctoral Fellowships are encouraged to contact the School’s Research Manager, Monira Begum ( and a member of staff in the appropriate area of expertise to act as your mentor at least four weeks in advance of the scheme deadline: 14 October 2020. Applications must fit both the funding scheme criteria and the School’s research profile

The School of Geography operates an internal peer review process in order to support, mentor and manage demand for highly competitive postdoctoral research grants. Many schemes are oversubscribed with low success rates. We are only able to support the strongest applications.


Support for postdoctoral researchers in the School of Geography

The School of Geography at QMUL is a notable centre for the nurture of postdoctoral and early career colleagues, and we have been highly successful in supporting postdoctoral applications.

Postdoctoral researchers in the School are supported by their research mentors and are part of a vibrant research community. The School runs an annual Staff Research Conference and a research seminar series, which runs throughout the year providing opportunities for PDRs to present their research to the rest of the School.

The Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Researchers Network offers support to researchers at the beginning of their academic careers. As well as regular talks and workshops, there are opportunities to meet other ECRs from across the Faculty to share the experience and knowledge in getting careers started.