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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, Prof Kim Wagner . Prof Wagner 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 Maurizio Isabella and Prof Kim Wagner (Directors of Research Funding) or School Operating Manager Emma Yates

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 Maurizio Isabella and Prof Kim Wagner, 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. 

Our internal deadline for the 2022 competition has passed, and we are no longer accepting applications.

If you are interested in applying in the 2023 competition, please contact the School's Research Manager, Dr Claire Carrothers.

We are now inviting outstanding early career researchers to apply for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. If you are interested in applying for this scheme through the School of History, please submit an application in one document (Word or PDF, using a 12 pt font) to Nancy Slater by midday on Friday 9 September 2022. 

We strongly encourage you to contact your proposed mentor in advance and discuss your plans with them.

The application should include:

  • an explanation of the reasons for your choice of the School of History and Queen Mary as your host institution which should include a proposed mentor (150 words maximum)
  • an outline of your proposed programme of research (1,500 words maximum) including consideration of method, sources, and significance
  • your planned research outputs, e.g. monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, events (workshops, conferences), other (please specify) (300 words maximum)
  • a list of existing publications (1 page maximum)
  • a CV (2 pages maximum)
  • a draft sample of writing, either published or accepted for publication (article or book chapter length).

Your application should demonstrate:

  • that you are eligible according to the BA’s criteria
  • the excellence of your research track record and professional track record (where relevant);
  • your fit to the School of History and relevant links to the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Full scheme details can be found on the British Academy website.

All applications will be considered in an internal selection process and candidates notified by 16 September 2022. 

Successful applicants will then have approximately one month to finalise their outline application, due 12 October 2022. They will also be invited to attend an orientation session run by The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences about the final stages of application. This will commence 19 September 2022. 

If you have any questions about the internal selection process, please contact Professor Miri Rubin, Director of Research at the School of History,

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.

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