Human Resources

Chancellor’s Fellowship

Highly prestigious 5-year tenure track fellowships focused on innovative research.

The University of Edinburgh is committed to providing exceptional career opportunities for our talented early career researchers. At this time of uncertainty, we are investing in a cohort of 30 tenure track Chancellor’s Fellows, drawn from researchers already working at the University. The Chancellor's Fellowships are a prestigious 5-year tenure track programme. They are designed to support early career researchers and innovators to develop their careers in a supportive, world-leading environment. 

The Fellows will already have a track record of high quality research, innovation and impact. They will build upon existing research communities and create new ones. Over time, they will be trained in and take up the full range of core academic activities, including teaching, academic leadership and knowledge exchange. 

The Fellows will be recruited as a cohort and be supported to achieve their research and other academic career ambitions through mentoring, peer support and training opportunities. This will be in addition to support provided by senior staff in the respective schools and institutes.

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) has partially funded the posts as part of its support for research during the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, the SFC intends the funds to assist the work and careers of post-doctoral researchers on fixed terms contracts, and to ensure equality, diversity and inclusion principles are foregrounded. Indeed, we are committed to a culture of openness and diversity and seek to demonstrate this in our appointments. The University is a member of the UK Race Equality Charter and a proud holder of the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Institution Award for our work in advancing gender equality. Our aim is that at least 50% of the Chancellor’s Fellows appointments will be women and 20% will be from black and minority ethnic groups. 

Applications from all fields are welcome. An interest in any aspect of COVID-19 and its impacts are particularly welcomed.  We particularly welcome applicants whose research is interdisciplinary and who can foster innovation in the University’s research themes, which are underpinned by our strengths in data-driven innovation:

  • Future health and care
  • Societal and planetary sustainability
  • Culture and creative economies
  • Living and working digitally
  • One health and food security

Appointments will normally be made on the grade 8 academic scale (£41,526 - £49,553), dependent on experience, but in exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be made at grade 9 (£52,559 - £59,135). It is anticipated that following a successful review at the end of year three or four, Fellows will transition to an open-ended post at an appropriate grade.  

You will be asked to select which of our three Colleges and host School/Institutes you would prefer to be primarily based at. If your research interests span across more than one College – and interdisciplinary work is encouraged – you may indicate a second relevant College within your research proposal.   

Applications for this round of recruitment are now closed. 

Thank you to everyone that applied this year. If you would like further details about possible future campaigns please register for job alerts and you will be contacted when opportunities become available.