In addition to exploring the School’s own fellowship schemes, we encourage researchers to investigate fellowships offered by external funding bodies, charities and institutions. Some of the best known of these include:
- AHRC Early Career Research Fellowships
- AHRC Standard Fellowships
- British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
- CHCI-SSHRC hosted fellowship
- ESRC Future Research Leaders
- European Research Council Starting Grants
- Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellowship
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships
- Newton International Research Fellowships
- Royal Society University Research Fellowships
- Royal Society Newton International Fellowships
This list is not exhaustive and the School welcomes applications under any scheme that is relevant and appropriate.
The following protocols must be observed by researchers wishing to hold an externally funded fellowship at the School.
1. When contacting a possible host institute, applicants are asked to ensure that their expression of interest includes the following:
- Complete details of the scheme, with information about its deadlines and links to the relevant pages on the funder's website
- Confirmation of the applicant's eligibility for the scheme in question
- Details of the proposed fellowship project, including title, a project description with aims/objectives, deliverables, and timeframe (500 words maximum)
- Contact details of two referees
2. Approval of the proposal by an institute director is required. (Only the director of an institute can approve a proposal on behalf of the institute.) This approval will need to be sought at least two months before the submission deadline. If your proposal is approved, we will help you prepare your application materials and for any interview(s) required by the scheme.
3. Once approved by an institute director, the application will need to be passed on to the School’s Research Services office for peer review at least three weeks before the submission date. The application will also need to be consistent with the School's Research Ethics Policy and undergo a risk assessment.
4. Some funders require that applications be completed and submitted online at the funder's website. Applicants will need to ensure that:
- They are registered on the relevant funder’s system
- They have been approved to apply as a School of Advanced Study candidate
- Sufficient time is given to the School's Research Services office to finalise approval and submit materials on behalf of the applicant (if required)
Successful applicants receive a fixed-term contract with the University of London with details linking work to the conditions of the award and the research proposal.