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School of History

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

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 (PDRs) in the School are supported by a dedicated academic PDR coordinator, 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. In addition, the Humanities and Social Sciences Peer Review College provides individual support for early career researchers in grant and fellowship applications.

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 research page. All enquiries should be directed to Dr Jo Cohen and Dr Andrew Mendelsohn (Directors 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 fellowships. Applicants wishing to consider applying for these awards are encouraged to contact the Directors of Research Funding, Dr Jo Cohen and Dr Andrew Mendelsohn, 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 unless otherwise indicated above. 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. 

The School of History at Queen Mary University of London encourages outstanding postdoctoral scholars to apply to the 2022 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme.

Our diverse community of postdoctoral award holders are an important part of the School of History, playing a vital part in creating our dynamic research environment. They join faculty with expertise in medieval, early modern and contemporary history, with geographic specialities ranging across the globe. We are renowned for our strengths in cultural, intellectual, and political history and collaborate through a variety of innovative research clusters. We have world-leading research centres in the History of Political Thought and the History of the Emotions. We are also home to particularly prominent research groups in Medieval and Renaissance History, Modern British and European History, Visual and Material Culture, Global History and the theory and practice of Digital Humanities. For more information on our research activities, including specialist areas, major grants and research seminars, please visit our research web pages.

We would be delighted to hear from postdoctoral candidates working in relevant subject areas who are considering applying to the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme.

We offer a high level of support to potential applicants. We will host an online workshop to support applicants on 2 November 2021 at 11am, where we will discuss the process of application and hear from our current Leverhulme Fellows on how to submit a successful application. Please register to attend the workshop here. We will also offer individual support and feedback in preparing applications.

Initial enquiries can be directed to our Research Manager, Dr Claire Carrothers. You can also contact our Director of Research Funding in the School, Dr Joanna Cohen.

You are strongly encouraged to contact the members of staff closest to your research interests (email addresses are available on our website). Please note that we do not match prospective applicants with mentors.

In order to consider your application, we require potential candidates to submit:

  • A bullet point list that confirms you meet the Leverhulme Trust’s eligibility requirements. These can be found on the Trust’s website.
  • An academic CV (not more than 2 pages of A4) indicating your previous qualifications, publications and any other academic or public engagement activities. Candidates should demonstrate a record of publications appropriate to the stage of their career, but at least one publication will be expected.
  • An outline research proposal. This should include: title, abstract (250 words), details of current and past research (250 words), detailed statement of proposed research (no more than 2 pages of A4). Please refer to the Leverhulme Guidelines for additional help on what to include in this statement.
  • A statement on why QMUL would be a good institutional fit, which includes a proposed mentor for your project and how your research activities might contribute to the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at QMUL. (250 words)

These documents should be sent as a single pdf to Dr Claire Carrothers at by the deadline of 21 December 2021 at noon (GMT).

Your application will be considered internally, and you will be notified whether you have been selected to submit your application to the Leverhulme Trust by the beginning of February. Submission to the Leverhulme Trust must take place by the 24 February 2022.

This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36-month fellowship at QMUL. The purpose of this award is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research. Funding provides the fellow's salary and up to £6000 of research expenses across the fellowship.

The competition for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The Outline Stage (funder deadline: 5pm on 14 October 2021) is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria. The Second Stage is by invitation only. You may only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply.

The internal deadline for the 2021 round has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

This new scheme, launching in August 2021, provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. 

You must have completed a PhD or have at least four years' equivalent research experience. You may also have some postdoctoral experience in your proposed field of study, but generally no more than three years. You are not eligible if you have an existing tenured (salaried) post for the duration of the award.

A Wellcome Early Career Award provides a salary for the grantholder and up to £400,000 for research expenses. The award usually lasts for 5 years but may be for less. The award may be held on a part-time basis in which case the duration will be adjusted to reflect this.

More information on the scheme is available here.

The internal deadline for the 2021 round has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

EU-funded Horizon Europe MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships (formerly known as Individual Fellowships in Horizon 2020) are for talented researchers of any age/nationality who hold a PhD at the call deadline and have no more than 8 years of research experience after the PhD. Fellowships are designed to support research, training and mobility in Europe and beyond, and to advance skills, transfer knowledge and contribute to research and innovation. 

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.

Queen Mary is very well placed to host with 69 Horizon 2020 individual fellowships awarded to date and ranked 8th in the UK and 17th in Europe for Horizon 2020 fellowships.

To be successful, fellowships require a well-matched supervisor with a talented researcher and a structured programme of research, including training and development.

QMUL will provide support to applicants in the form of:

  • annotated guidance notes for the writing of the proposal, with up to date information and tips on evaluation trends, policies etc.;
  • coaching in proposal writing;
  • proposal reviews.

The internal deadline for the 2021 round has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

This scheme is not currently open to applications.

This scheme is not currently open to applications.