School of Divinity

Postdoctoral Fellowships

When and how to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The School of Divinity welcomes Postdoctoral Fellows to its research community.

Alfred Landecker Foundation Full-time Lecturer Program for Postdocs (5 years)

The School of Divinity will support applications from qualified candidates. If you are interested in this opportunity at the University of Edinburgh, please contact Dr Hannah Holtschneider for an informal discussion.

The Alfred Landecker Foundation is pleased to invite applications from highly qualified postdocs in the humanities and social sciences, for a full-time lecturer program set to begin on 1 October 2022. Up to five university lectureships will each run for five years. The selection process is led by the Alfred Landecker Foundation’s Academic Council.

The program

The program’s mission is to support outstanding, cutting-edge research by individuals on the following topics:

  • the history and aftermath of the Holocaust
  • the social and political transmission of memory of the Holocaust
  • the influence of conspiracy ideologies
  • group-based enmity (for example antisemitism and racism) as a structural threat to democracy

Because there is no lack of research on such matters, we are in this call explicitly looking for applications with innovative approaches that relate to present-day challenges regarding the politics of memory and democracy. We are also interested in projects that deal with the methods and practices for educating and imparting knowledge about history and threats to democracy in the digital age.

About the Foundation

Within various program areas, the Alfred Landecker Foundation funds projects and efforts that raise awareness of the causes of the Holocaust and its consequences, that keep the memory of victims alive, and that help safeguard the democratic values of a peaceful and united Europe. With a view to the present and to the future, the program will serve to strengthen these values as well as the inviolable dignity of the individual by establishing an academic network of Alfred Landecker lecturers and their research projects.

Application details

The call for applications is open to applicants regardless of their current place of residence and their country of origin. To apply, an acceptance letter from a European or Israeli university is required in the second stage of the application process (see below).

The host university will be provided with up to 100,000 euros annually to cover the salary of the grantee and their personal research budget. Alfred Landecker lecturers are employed directly at their respective host university.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Within 5 years after PhD: Applicants must have successfully completed their doctorates within the last five years at the time when the application is submitted. The five years start with the date where the applicant was informed about passing the PhD and corresponding grade (not the day of the award ceremony). Parental leave and childcare will be accounted for with maximum 2 years per child.
  • Time frame of 5 years, starting in the 2022/23 academic winter semester:The research project at the heart of the application should have an overall time frame of five years, starting in autumn 2022.
  • Host university in Europe or Israel: The host university must be in Europe or Israel; in addition, it must directly employ the grantee and provide the Alfred Landecker Foundation with an annual account of funds for each fiscal year.
  • Teaching & Knowledge dissemination: Disseminating the knowledge to students and the wider public is highly important. Hence, the lecturers must have the possibility to conceptualize classes and to teach at their host university, linked to their research project. However, it is important that the lecturers are not obligated to teach at the host university.

Process and documents to be submitted:

The application process consists of three stages.

  • First stage: Interested applicants submit a short 2-page project description, an application form, CV and list of publications.
  • Second stage: Selected applicants are asked to submit a detailed project description and additional necessary documents for the program.
  • Third stage: Selected applicants are invited for an interview with the Academic Council of the Alfred Landecker Foundation

For the first stage, interested applicants need to submit the following documents. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. All submitted documents must be in English and compiled in one PDF-document (max. 8 MB) in the following order:

  • Filled-out application form
  • Project description (2 pages, max. 5000 characters incl. spaces) that includes information on the problem or research question, the methodological approach, how the project differs from existing research on the Holocaust, how the project relates to current challenges within the programmatic scope of the Alfred Landecker Foundation, and how the potential for (science) communication is going to be used.
  • CV in tabular form (max 2 pages)
  • List of publications (max 2 pages)

Please submit your application until 28 February 2022, to lecturer@alfredlandecker.org. Both the subject line of the E-Mail and the name of the PDF document need to be “Last Name_First Name_Name of host university”. The interviews will be held in May or June 2022.

The Alfred Landecker Foundation seeks to have a diverse group of lecturers. Members of groups underrepresented in academia are therefore particularly encouraged to apply. If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to lecturer@alfredlandecker.org.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2022

The School of Divinity invites outline proposals for the forthcoming round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme.

We are currently inviting applicants for the 2022 Scheme from candidates already in receipt of a PhD. If you have been awarded your PhD before 24 February 2018 you are not eligible to apply, unless you have had a career break or your work has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read the information on the link below carefully and ensure you meet the eligibility and scheme criteria before applying.

Outline proposals should be submitted, along with a short summary CV by 9am, Monday 6 December 2021 GMT.

Late submissions and those which do not meet the criteria outlined below will not be considered.

Your proposal should include an outline of your proposed research, including methodology and timetable; planned outputs; dissemination plans; why you consider the School of Divinity within the University of Edinburgh to be the best place for you to undertake your project; a note of your mentor within the School. The proposal should be no more than two pages of A4, using a font of no less than point 11 with 2cm margins. Your CV should include your publications to date along with your academic history, including the date your PhD was awarded.

You should make contact with your proposed mentor before you submit your outline – it would be beneficial if they were to comment on a draft of the proposal prior to submission. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our staff profiles on our School website and on the Edinburgh Research Explorer. You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and to make contact with them.

Our timetable for submission in 2022 is:

  • 6 December 2021, 9am – Deadline for submission of project proposal and short CV
  • 20 December 2021 – Applicants advised if selected for full submission
    • The school will select up to two candidates to develop a full stage application for submission to the Leverhulme Trust in February.
  • 20 December 2021 – 28 January 2022 – Applicant to develop full application with mentor
  • 31 January 2022 – Applicant to submit full application for internal peer review
  • 24 February 2022 – Funder deadline

Please submit your project proposal and short CV by 9am December 6, 2021, to Karen Duncan, Research Support Officer, at karen.duncan@ed.ac.uk

Up to two candidates will be selected to develop a full stage application for submission to the Leverhulme Trust in February.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 

Further Information:

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships: Information Session

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2021

We are now inviting applications for the 2021 Scheme (subject to confirmation from the British Academy) from candidates already in receipt of a PhD. Outline proposals should be sent, along with a short summary CV to karen.duncan@ed.ac.uk by 9am on 16 August 2021.

Late submissions will not be considered.

Your proposal should include an outline of your proposed research, including methodology and timetable; planned outputs; dissemination plans; a note on fit with research activities within the School and possible mentor(s). It is recommended that you contact potential mentors in advance of applying. The proposal should be no more than two pages of A4, using a font of no less than point 11 and 2cm margins. Your CV should include your publications to date along with your academic history, including the date your PhD was awarded. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the Edinburgh Research Explorer and our staff webpages. You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research.

Our expected timetable for submission in 2021 is:

  • 16 August 2021, 9am – Deadline for submission of project proposal and short CV
  • 23 August 2021 – Applicants advised if selected for full submission
  • 24 August 2021 – 18 September – Applicant to develop full application with mentor
  • 20 September 2021 – Applicant to submit full application for internal peer review
  • 14 October 2021 – Funder deadline

Please read the scheme information on the link below and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. As the British Academy do not allow unsuccessful applicants to reapply to this Scheme, you should consider whether this is the best time for you to apply.

Up to three candidates may be selected to develop a full stage application for submission to the British Academy. If you have any queries about the Fellowship scheme or the School of Divinity process of selection, please contact Karen Duncan, Research Support Officer, at karen.duncan@ed.ac.uk

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Postdoctoral Fellowships

We are now inviting applications for the 2022 scheme from candidates already in receipt of a PhD.

Late submissions will not be considered.

MSCA-Postdoctoral Fellowships support early career researchers moving abroad to work on cutting-edge research projects that will make an original and significant contribution to their research field, under the supervision of an experienced Host Supervisor. The fellowship is a great opportunity for early career researchers to enhance their career by carrying out a research project at a Host Organisation, which can be a university, research institution, business, SME or other organisation based in an EU Member State or Horizon Europe Associated Country. The fellowship supports a two-way knowledge exchange between the Researcher and the Supervisor/Host Organisation, both in research and training skills.

Please read the scheme information on the link below and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. As the British Academy do not allow unsuccessful applicants to reapply to this Scheme, you should consider whether this is the best time for you to apply.

Our timetable for submission in 2021 is:

  • 16 August 2021, 9am – Deadline for submission of project proposal and short CV
  • 23 August 2021 – Applicants advised if selected for full submission
  • 24 August 2021 – 18 September – Applicant to develop full application with mentor
  • 20 September 2021 – Applicant to submit full application for internal peer review
  • 12 October 2021– Funder deadline

Research office guidance: 

https://www.ed.ac.uk/research-office/winning-research-funding/develop-idea/applying-to-the-msca-postdoc-fellowships

For Further information:

Applying to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Postdoctoral Fellowships | The University of Edinburgh

Call deadline: 12 October 2021, 4pm UK time

Outline proposals should be sent, along with a short summary CV to karen.duncan@ed.ac.uk by 9am on 16 August 2021.

IASH-CTPI Duncan Forrester Fellowship and the Combe Trust Fellowship

Deadline now passed. This information is retained here for general information and will be updated in due cours

We are delighted to announce the availability of two new fellowships:

  • the  IASH-CTPI Duncan Forrester Fellowship, for scholars within seven years of completing their doctorate, with a closing date of 30 April 2020
  • the Combe Trust Fellowship, for senior scholars, with a closing date of 28 February 2020

Both are offered in association with the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI) in the School of Divinity and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) and offer excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research projects.

IASH-CTPI Duncan Forrester Fellowship

Applications are invited for postdoctoral bursaries from researchers working in any of the research areas of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI). The applicant’s project must relate broadly to public theology, in relation to areas such as: peacebuilding and the arts; theology, politics, and migration; theology and environmental ethics; and theology, law and justice.

The Institute for the Advanced Study of the Humanities (IASH), provides an enviable location in one of the world’s most intellectually inspiring cities, together with a dynamic network of international connections.

The Institute welcomes visiting researchers from across the world. Since 1970, over 1,250 Fellows have stepped through our doors. Up to 30 researchers are in residence at any one time in our amazing – and eclectic – 19th-century building just on the edge of the University’s central campus, boasting views of the Meadows.

Further information/apply: IASH-CTPI Duncan Forrester Fellowship

Combe Trust Fellowship

The Combe Trust Fellowship is intended to encourage outstanding interdisciplinary research, international scholarly collaboration, and networking activities of visiting Fellows together with academics in the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI). Applications for visits of two to three months are welcomed from senior researchers in the following areas: public theology, religion and religious education, physiology and health, Scots law, peacebuilding, prison reform, psychiatry, psychology and neuroscience, moral philosophy, natural sciences or the arts (eg. theatre, film, dance, visual arts). Fellows will be expected to work in collaboration with one or more members of academic staff in the CTPI, and to take an active part in both IASH interdisciplinary and CTPI events.

Further information/apply: Combe Trust Fellowship

CTPI

IASH