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. 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

The EU-funded Horizon 2020 MSCA Fellowships call opens 8 April 2020.

Individual Fellowships are for talented researchers with a PhD or 4 years’ full-time research experience of any age/nationality to support their research, training and mobility in Europe and beyond, to advance their skills, to transfer knowledge and to contribute to research and innovation. The fellowships offer 12-24 months highly competitive researcher salary and research/training funds.

Fellows must move, or have just moved to the host country (less than 12 months in the 3 years before call deadline) to take up the fellowship as mobility is a key requirement.

European Fellowships are hosted at Queen Mary. Queen Mary is very well placed to host with 62 Horizon 2020 individual fellowships awarded to date and ranked 8th in the UK and 14th in Europe for H2020 fellowships.

To be successful, fellowships require a well-matched supervisor with a talented researcher with a structured programme of research with training and development. Starting EARLY is key to success. 

Interested applicants should send an expression of interest to Claire Trenery by 9.00BST on 1 June 2020. Expressions of interest should include:

  • 2 (A4)-page curriculum vitae, including list of publications
  • 2 (A4-page outline research proposal
  • statement confirming how you meet the scheme's eligbility criteria
  • name of QMUL supervisor, whose agreement should have been secured in advance.

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.