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School of History

Postdoctoral Funding Opportunities

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. 

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2021

The School of History at Queen Mary University of London encourages outstanding postdoctoral scholars to apply to the 2021 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme.

The School is a notable centre for the nurture of early career researchers. It is currently home to some 20 postdoctoral researchers, who form part of an academic community with research specialities from the medieval period through to the present day. While supporting its areas of research excellence - History of Political Thought, Medieval and Renaissance History, Modern European and British History, and History of the Emotions and Well-being - the School has also developed new strengths in Global History, the History of Material and Visual Cultures, and the theory and practice of Digital Humanities.

This year, we are inviting applications from scholars who are working on Black and Asian histories of Britain and/or histories of the Black Atlantic.

This call supports the School of History’s strategic aim to build research excellence in these fields, and we will only consider applications in them.

We will be holding a webinar for interested applicants on 19 November 2020 at 12pm. Please register here.

Because these Fellowships require an institutional contribution to match that made by the Leverhulme Trust, only a small number of exceptional applications will be supported. Applications should be sent to Dr Claire Trenery at by 5pm on 11 January 2021.

It must include in a single PDF document:

  • a statement confirming eligibility for the scheme;
  • a proposed start and end date for the award;
  • a 2-page academic CV;
  • the title of your research proposal;
  • a 250-word abstract of your research project;
  • a 250-word statement of past and current research;
  • a 2-page project outline;
  • the name of your QMUL mentor, whose support you should secure in advance of your application (please note that the School does not match applicants with mentors).

Initial enquires can be directed to Dr Claire Trenery, Research Manager at or to a prospective mentor.

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 (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.