Nottingham Research 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.

The Nottingham Research Fellowships Scheme targets outstanding early career researchers in most academic disciplines at the University.

Fellowships will normally commence in October 2018, but there is individual flexibility around this date.


Candidates must have been awarded their PhD prior to the Expression of interest submission date, and should have no more than 8 years of post-doctoral experience following the award of their PhD. Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service, and Voluntary Service Overseas can be discounted, but teaching experience and/or time spent in industry since the award of a PhD should amount to no more than 96 months.

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 must demonstrate experience sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of work.

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

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.

Individuals who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already.

What’s included?

Each fellowship offers:

  • Three years independent funding, normally starting October 2018, to conduct research while based at The University of Nottingham
  • Competitive salary between £28,982 and £46,414 (Level 4 or 5 R&T) dependent on experience
  • The linking of the Fellowship to an indefinite academic post, subject to performance against a high-quality threshold and the continued right to work in the UK1
  • Additional funding for research expenses up to £25,000 per annum
  • Additional childcare costs of up to £5000 per annum where appropriate
  • Relocation expenses of up to £1500
  • The opportunity to spend periods of time at The University of Nottingham campuses in Malaysia and China
  • Participation in a mentoring scheme and career development programme

1 Subject to performance and meeting objectives defined in the Performance Development Review Process (PDPR) which reports to Research Board. Please check individual requirements with the school which you are applying to.

How to Apply

The application process for this scheme is a four-stage process.

  • The first step requires candidates to make contact with the academic unit (school, department of faculty) where they are interested in applying. This is to help ensure that your Fellowship project can be supported. Contact details for each Faculty/School are provided in the contacts section. Please ensure you follow the appropriate instructions for each Faculty.
  • The second stage is the submission of an Expression of Interest form (EOI), which provides a brief outline of the proposed project and details about the applicant. Forms must be submitted to the named contact in the host school/faculty. The deadline for expressions of interest is the 3rd November 2017.
  • Alongside your expression of interest, you will also need to complete the following short application form for our records
  • Following review of the expression of interest submissions, short-listed applicants will be invited submit a full application.
  • Candidates will be notified in early March 2018 regarding invitations to attend an interview, likely to be mid March 2018.

Timeline for recruitment

  • Announcement of call details: July 2017
  • Candidates discuss and develop application with Host School: July - November 2017
  • Submission of EOI to School/Faculty contact: By 1700 hours on 3rd November 2017
  • Candidates invited to submit a full application: By 15th December 2017
  • Submission of full applications: By 1700 hours on 19th January 2018
  • Submission of Head of School supporting statement: By 1700 hours on 26th January 2018
  • External reviews: Completed by 15th February 2018
  • Shortlisting: February 2018
  • Notification of invitation to interview: March 2018
  • Interviews: Mid-March 2018
Application date
3 Nov 2017
3 years
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Anthropology, Ethnology and Folklore 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
£ 28.982 - £ 46.414 annual salaary + research funding + relocation expenses