School of Law

Postdoctoral Fellowships

We welcome enquiries and applications from potential postdoctoral fellows.

QMUL School of Law and Leverhulme Trust logosApplicants for the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2019

The School of Law at Queen Mary University of London encourages outstanding postdoctoral scholars to register their interest in applying to the 2018 round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme. The School of Law is comprised of two organisational units (The Department of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies).   

Our diverse community of postdoctoral award holders are an important part of the School of Law’s community, playing a vital part in creating our dynamic research environment. They join faculty with expertise in Criminal Justice, State Crime, Human Rights, Public and International Law and Legal Theory with geographic specialities across the globe in these areas.

We have a number of world-leading research centres located within the Department in the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC), The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI),The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA), The Criminal Justice Centre (CJC), The Human Rights Collegium, Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy (ICC), Centre for Research on Law, Equality and Diversity (LEAD), Centre for Small States (CSS), and the Centre for Law, Democracy and Society (CLDS)

Many of these research centres, alongside the Department, host a wide range of department-based and interdisciplinary lectures, seminars and workshops and offer links with a variety of London-based law firms, NGO’s and cultural institutions. Moreover the Department is committed to research-based public engagement. 

Details of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme and eligibility criteria can be found on the Leverhulme webpage.

We would be delighted to hear from postdoctoral candidates working in relevant subject areas who are considering applying to the scheme, and would be happy to offer support and feedback in preparing applications. Candidates should demonstrate a record of publications appropriate to the stage of their career, but at least one publication will be expected.

Woman at seminar in Law 313 How to register your interest

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

  • A full academic CV (not more than 2 pages of A4) indicating your previous qualifications, publications and any other academic or public engagement activities.
  • A research proposal. This should include: Title, Fields of Study, Abstract (250 words), Details of past and current research (250 words), and a Detailed statement of the 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 you feel QMUL would be a good institutional fit (no more than 1 page of A4) including a proposed mentor for your project. This is key: please ensure you have identified and contacted a mentor who has agreed to work with you at QMUL. Details of staff working in areas closest to your research interests can be found on our ‘People’ webpages.
  • Please state in a series of bullet points how you meet the Leverhulme Trust’s eligibility requirements.

These documents should be sent as a pdf (or series of pdfs) to the Acting Head of Department, Professor Richard Ashcroft ( by noon on Friday 18 January, 2019.

Your proposal will be considered internally and you will be notified by 12 February if your application has been selected to be taken forward. If this is the case, the School of Law will work with you to finalise the application, ready to submit to the Leverhulme Trust by the deadline of 28th February 2019.