Postdoctoral opportunities

Details about our postdoctoral fellowships, including 'Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme' and 'British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowships'.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2021

Moray House School of Education and Sport invites notes of interest for the forthcoming round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme by 13 November 2020, with a deadline for outline proposals to the School of 27 November 2020.

Leverhulme Foundation have announced details of their 2021 Early Career Fellowship competition. The aim of the scheme is to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers and who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and that the Fellowships will hopefully lead to a more permanent academic position within the same or another Institution.

We are currently inviting applications for the 2021 Scheme from candidates already in receipt of a PhD, or who have submitted their doctoral thesis by 4pm on the funder’s closing date of 25 February 2021.  If you submitted your PhD before 25th February 2017 you are not eligible to apply, unless you have had a career break. Please read the information on the link below and ensure you meet the eligibility and scheme criteria before applying.

Leverhulme Trust: Early Career Fellowships

You should note interest and proposed mentor to by 13 November 2020;  outline proposals should be submitted along with a short summary CV, as below, to by 5pm on 27 November 2020. Please note that only up to two candidates will be selected to develop a full stage application for submission to the Leverhulme Trust in February.

Your outline proposal should include an outline of your proposed research, including methodology and timetable; planned outputs; dissemination plans; why you consider the School of Education and Sport within the University of Edinburgh to be the best place for you to undertake your project; and a note of your intended mentor, who should be a member of MHSES staff. The outline 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 similarly be no more than 2 pages of A4, and 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 research profiles on the 'Edinburgh Research Explorer' and on 'Our staff pages' (see links below). You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and to make contact with them.

Please note that Edinburgh Research Office will hold an information session on 11 November 2020, 10.00-11.00 – we strongly recommend you attend if possible. Please book a place via the 'Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Info Session' link below if you are internal to University of Edinburgh;  potential applicants currently external to the University of Edinburgh should contact Charis Wilson to attend the event.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Info Session

Edinburgh Research Explorer

Our staff pages

Our timetable for submission in 2021

13 Nov 2020 Candidates should note interest to
27 Nov 2020 Deadline for submission of outline project proposal and short CV to
14 Dec 2020 Applicants advised if selected for full submission
15 Dec 2020 –25 Jan 2021 Applicant to develop full application with mentor. Mentors will also work with candidates to gather two peer reviews of the proposal from within the University of Edinburgh, and mentors will facilitate candidate’s selection of appropriate referee (mentors should be available to support candidates during this period)
25 Jan - 11 Feb 2021 Mentors work with candidates to address feedback from peer reviews
11 Feb 2021 Candidates send completed application to RKE for approvals process
25 Feb 2021 Funder deadline

If you have any queries, please contact our MHSES Research, Knowledge Exchange and Impact (RKEI) Office team.

Contact our RKEI Office



British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowships

British Academy (BA) have just announced opening and deadline dates for this year’s Postdoctoral Fellowships competition (see below for our internal and BA deadlines). The scheme offers opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their CV and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship.

The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. Applicants must be within three years of the award of their doctorate. It is a prerequisite that you have already established a relationship with an academic mentor at Moray House before application. It should be noted that the scheme is highly competitive. Further information is available from the BA website.

British Academy website

Scheme eligibility

  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (this means being awarded via a viva voce examination between 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2021).
  • Applicants in the 2020-21 competition awarded a PhD before 1 April 2018 can apply given extenuating circumstances, such as through illness or parental/care giving duties. If you are unsure about whether this applies to you, please contact a member of the British Academy Research Funding team.
  • Those with a permanent academic post are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university, or be demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through temporary employment at a UK university for longer than 12 months. 

Our timetable for submission

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact our RKEI Office by Monday 17 August 2020, noting their interest and confirming their academic mentor (who should be an academic member of staff in MHSES). 

Contact our RKEI Office

Given the highly competitive nature of the scheme and high number of University of Edinburgh applicants expected, the School will be operating an internal sifting process where we ask prospective candidates to complete a summary of their proposed research along with a two page abbreviated CV by 5pm on Monday 24 August 2020. Your summary of research should note your name, project title and proposed mentor, and should include aims and objectives, proposed methods and expected outputs and impact of the research (no more than two sides A4, font size 11).  Please contact  with any queries.

17 Aug 2020 Candidates note their interest and their academic mentor to
24 Aug 2020 Candidates send summary of research and CV
By 2 Sept 2020

Candidates will be advised if they are successful in the internal sifting process. Mentors to approach two internal peer reviewers as soon as candidates are notified of proposal success.

2 - 25 Sept 2020 Candidates will develop their full proposal, with support of mentor. Mentors will also work with candidates to gather two peer reviews of the proposal from within the University of Edinburgh (mentors should be available to support candidates during this period)
25 Sept - 9 Oct 2020 Mentors work with candidates to address feedback from peer reviews
By 9 Oct 2020 Candidates send completed application to RKE Office for approvals process
14 Oct 2020 Funder deadline