Nottingham Research Fellowships

Our prestigious internal fellowship schemes are a fundamental part of our Research Vision and we’ll be recruiting a diverse cohort of 100 Nottingham and Anne McLaren Research Fellows by the end of 2022.

Our fellowships provide three years' independent research funding, and are linked to a permanent academic position.

The 2018/19 round is now open. Please ensure you follow the instructions in the How to apply section. You must have registered an interest by 12 October 2018 via each school/faculty 'expression of interest' form and you MUST discuss your research proposal with your host school/faculty.

Fellowships need to have commenced by October 2019.

For further general information about the scheme or the application process, please contact

What are the fellowships?

There are two fellowships on offer:

Anne McLaren Fellowships – Our Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female scholars in science, technology, engineering and medicine at the early stage of their academic careers.

Nottingham Research Fellowships – The Nottingham Research Fellowships target outstanding early career researchers in all academic disciplines across the University.

Fellowships are also available linked to the research programmes of our Beacons of Excellence.

Find out more about our current fellows, their research, and what it's like to be part of our fellowship cohort on our website.

The Offer

Each fellowship offers:

  • Three years independent funding, starting October 2019, to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham
  • Extensive career development support, including participation in a mentoring scheme
  • Competitive salary set on the Research and Teaching Staff Scales Level 5 (£38,833 and £47,722) depending on experience
  • The linking of the Fellowship to an established academic post, subject to performance against a high quality threshold and the continued right to work in the UK.
  • Research expenses totalling £75,000
  • Additional childcare costs of up to £5,000 per annum
  • Relocation expenses of up to £1,500
  • The opportunity to spend periods of time at University of Nottingham Campuses in China and Malaysia

Our fellowships actively supports applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds, including those returning from a career break or following time in other roles. We also support applications from those wishing to work part-time in order to combine the fellowship with personal responsibilities.


Candidates must have been awarded their PhD prior to the closing date for registering interest in the scheme (12 October 2018).

This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not normally have more than eight years' post-doctoral experience. However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines. Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential and track record, relative to their career stage.

Candidates for the Anne McLaren Fellowships must be pursuing a career in a STEM subject. Female scholars are typically under-represented in STEM subjects and female applicants are strongly encouraged.

Candidates for the Nottingham Research Fellowships can be from any academic discipline across the University.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • An outstanding track record of research including high-quality publications, research funding and/or prizes and awards
  • Evidence of a growing reputation, both nationally and internationally
  • An aptitude to lead and inspire others within the research team and institution more broadly
  • Potential to act as an ambassador in their research field and more widely

Part-time appointments will be considered on a pro-rata basis.

Candidates are not normally expected to have a permanent position, as they may be considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already. See FAQs for further information

The University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for any candidate who does not have the right to work in the UK.

For more details on what makes a good application, details of current fellows and the characteristics of successful fellows, please go to the our fellows and what makes a good candidate sections.

How to apply

The application process for this scheme is as follows:

  • Register your interest in applying using the faculty/school links detailed below. You will need to complete a short application and submit your CV and a brief research proposal using the links provided
  • Its important that you contact your host school to discuss your research proposal further. Contact details are available in the school/faculty areas below. PLEASE NOTE: If you have not registered interest via your chosen school/faculty 'expression of interest' form you will not be considered for the scheme.
  • Some schools/faculties have identified strategic areas in which they would particularly welcome applications. Please read the school information carefully before discussing your research proposal further.
  • The cut-off date for registering interest is 5pm, Friday 12 October 2018.
  • Following shortlisting at school and faculty level, short listed candidates will be invited to submit a full application. The deadline for full applications to be submitted to will be 18 December 2018.
  • Candidates will be notified in early March 2019 regarding invitations to attend an interview, likely to be mid-March 2019.

Candidates must discuss their research proposal with the named contact in the school/department that would host their fellowship, should their application be successful. You must register an interest via the online form (links provided in contacts below) and when submitting your CV/research proposal please use the following structure:

  • For CV: Name – NRF/AMF CV submission.
  • For Research Proposal: Name – NRF/AMF Research Proposal

If you are applying for both schemes, please ensure that you indicate this on the online form, and save your files as NRF_AMF CV/Research proposal.

Recruitment Timeline

Important dates for the diary.

  • July 2018: Announcement of call details
  • July-October 2018: Candidates discuss and develop application with Host School, complete online form and submit CV/research proposal
  • 17:00 12 October 2018: Cut-off date for registering interest
  • 13 November 2018: Candidates invited to submit a full application
  • 17:00 on 18 December 2018: Submission of full applications
  • 17:00 on 8 January 2019: Submission of Head of School supporting statement
  • 8 February 2019: External reviews
  • February 2019: Shortlisting
  • March 2019: Notification of invitation to interview
Application date
12 Oct 2018
3 years
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology Other Agronomy Biology Chemistry Computer science Engineering Mathematics Medicine Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 8 years
Award granted
£ 38.833-47.722 annual salaary + research funding + relocation expenses