School of History

Applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme workshop

This workshop is for interested applicants for the Leverhulme Trust's Early Career Fellowship scheme 2020 and is an opportunity to hear from our current Leverhulme Fellows working in the School of History on how to craft a successful application. We will also answer questions about the application process.

Funding opportunities

The School of History has a diverse community of postdoctoral fellows who contribute to our dynamic research environment.  We welcome enquiries and applications from potential postdoctoral fellows. More information on our current postdoctoral fellows can be found on our postdoctoral page. All enquiries should be directed to Dr Joanna Cohen (Director of Research Funding) or Dr Claire Trenery (Research Manager).

The School of History operates an internal peer review process in order to support, mentor and manage demand for highly competitive postdoctoral research grants:

Applicants wishing to consider applying for these awards are encouraged to contact the Director of Research Funding, Dr Joanna Cohen, and a member of staff in the appropriate area of expertise to act as your mentor at least six weeks in advance of the relevant scheme’s deadline. Applications must fit both the funding scheme criteria and the School’s research profile. Many schemes are oversubscribed with low success rates. We are only able to support the strongest applications. 

Open calls for applications

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships: Because these Fellowships require institutional commitment of resource to match the salary costs of the successful applicant, a limited number of the very strongest applications will be supported to go forward. Applications (statement confirming eligibility for the scheme; proposed start and end date for award; 2-page academic CV; title of research propsal; 250-word abstract; 250-word statement of past and current research; 2-page project outline; name of QMUL research mentor, whose support you should secure in advance of your application) to be received by Claire Trenery by 20 December 2019.

Support for postdoctoral researchers in the School of History

The School of History 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.

Alongside their research mentors, postdoctoral researchers in the School are supported by a dedicated academic PDR co-ordinator, Dr Andrew Mendelsohn. Dr Mendelsohn coordinates a colloquium series, which runs throughout the year and is an opportunity 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.

The Humanities Peer Review College provides individual support for early career researchers in grant and fellowship applications.