School of History

Applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship

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. 

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. We operate a two-stage internal selection process before the Leverhulme Trust deadline:

  1. The internal deadline for applications was 12 noon on 20 December 2019. Applications are now closed.
  2. The School will then put forward a limited number of applications to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences internal competition. Successful applicants going forward to the Faculty competition will be informed by the School by 27 January 2020. Please note that you can only apply to one School at QMUL though you can draw on the support of mentors from across several Schools.
  3. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will select a limited number of applications to go forward to the Leverhulme Trust competition. Successful applicants will be informed by 7 February 2020.
  4. Applicants selected by the Faculty for submission to the Leverhlme Trust will then need to apply directly here by the funder deadline of 4pm on 27 February 2020. This application process will be supported by the School, and applicants should not apply independently. 

Any questions about the application process should be directed to Dr Claire Trenery at

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

Because QMUl is restricted in the total number of applications we can put forward to UKRI, we are running an internal competition with a deadline of 12noon on 24 February 2020. Expressions of interest with the following information should be sent to the School's Research Manager, Dr Claire Trenery ( by this deadline:

  • Project details (host organisation, department, project title)
  • Fellow
  • Co-Investigators
  • Objectives (up to 4000 characters)
  • RC/IUK Relevance (up to 4000 characters)
  • Summary (4000 characters including spaces) - a plain English summary of the research / innovation proposed i.e. in language that can be understood by a non-academic audience. It should explain the context of the research / innovation, its aims and objectives, and its potential applications and benefits.
  • Completed CV and Outputs list Template
  • 1 A4 side covering:
    • Applicant and Development: describe how the Fellow’s career trajectory aligns with the objectives of the FLF scheme, provide evidence that the Fellow can communicate clearly and has the potential to inspire and lead others, develop new relationships and influence across multiple disciplines and sectors.
    • Research and Innovation Excellence: provide evidence for the quality of the research/ innovation, novelty and feasibility of the proposed project.
    • Impact and Strategic Relevance: this section should explain how the proposed research / innovation and its potential impact contributes to, or helps maintain the health of other research disciplines, or contributes to addressing key UK societal challenges, or current or future UK economic success and / or enables future development of key emerging business, relative to other, similar research in the field.

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.