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 2018

The Department 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. Initial enquiries can be directed to the lead for researcher development in the Department, Professor Richard Ashcroft or to members of staff closest to your research interests (email addresses are available on our website). 

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 (100 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 cover letter and statement on why QMUL would be a good institutional fit (no more than 1 page of A4) including a proposed mentor for your project.

These documents should be sent as a Single PDF to the Department Research Manager, Alex Challis ( by Thursday 4 January 2018. 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 1 March 2018.