Human Resources

Chancellor’s Fellowships

Prestigious 5-year fellowships focused on innovative research

Building on our strong REF2021 results, the University of Edinburgh is supporting a major new investment in outstanding early career researchers. We will be recruiting a cohort of new Chancellor’s Fellows: prestigious 5-year fellowships aimed at fostering cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and innovation, in a supportive environment.

As with our previous round of Chancellor’s Fellow appointments made in 2022, our aim is that at least 50% of the Chancellor’s Fellows appointments will be women and 20% will be individuals from black and minority ethnic groups. We also strongly encourage applications from other under-represented groups such as disabled candidates.

The Fellows will be on a clear pathway to building an excellent track record of research, innovation and/or impact. They will complement and extend research and innovation within the University and forge exciting new areas of focus. They will have a vision for future leadership in research and innovation, which may involve leading a major area of research, forging new industry partnerships, driving initiatives to strengthen our inclusive research culture, or research-led teaching innovations. The scheme builds in a focus on research and innovation in the first few years; over time, Fellows will take up the full range of core academic activities, including teaching. 

The Fellows will be hosted by Schools and Institutes in the University, and we anticipate in this round appointing Fellows in each of our 3 Colleges with up to 10 posts available in both the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and 18 posts available in the College of Science and Engineering. The Fellows will be recruited as a cohort and will be supported to achieve their research and leadership ambitions through mentoring, peer support and training opportunities.

The scheme has a strong focus on interdisciplinary research. We welcome applicants whose research straddles disciplines, Schools and Colleges and candidates who can foster innovation within the University’s three broad research themes:

  • Data, Digital and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Future Health and Care.
  • Sustainability and Climate Change.

Please see the College pages linked below for more information on highlight themes for this call, job descriptions, advice on eligibility and how to apply:

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

College of Science and Engineering

Appointments will normally be made on the grade 8 academic scale (£43,314 - £51,805), dependent on experience, but in exceptional circumstances a more senior appointment may be made at grade 9 (£54,949 - £61,823). It is anticipated that following a successful review at the end of year three or four, Fellows will transition to an open-ended post.

As women and people of black and minority ethnicities are underrepresented in senior academic grades, we particularly encourage applications from these groups. We also strongly welcome candidates  from other under-represented groups. The University is a member of the UK Race Equality Charter, and a proud holder of the prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Institution Award which recognises our work in supporting the advancement of gender equality in academia.