Chancellor’s Fellowship in Data-Driven Innovation

Highly prestigious 5-year tenure track fellowships focussed on data-enabled research and innovation applied to any discipline with the distinct possibility of an open-ended contract. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups. We are committed to support individuals looking to return to research after a career break for family, caring or health reasons.

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Benefits and working with us

Building on the outstanding successes of our previous tenure-track Chancellor’s Fellowship programmes and our world class research performance, we are investing in a further cohort of 30 next generation research innovation leaders of the highest quality who use data science within their work, with a particular focus on:

  • Digital Technologies
  • Space and Satellite Analysis
  • The ‘AgriTech’ initiative

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Health and Social Care
  • Financial Services and Fintech
  • Public Sector (‘Govtech’)
  • Creative Industries, Tourism and Festivals


Based in the heart of one of the world’s finest cities, these prestigious 5-year awards support early career researchers and academic innovators of the highest promise from all countries to develop their careers in a supportive, high quality environment.


The University and Data-Driven Innovation

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Our attainments in informatics are 1st in Research Power (Power Rankings Research Fortnightly REF 2014 Analysis). Recently data-driven innovation has formed the core of investment in innovation in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Region City Deal, recently announced by the UK and Scottish Governments.

Information for Candidates

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We are continuing to invest in the future of our academic staff by appointing another cohort of 30 Chancellor's Fellowships focused on data-enabled research and innovation applied across a range of disciplines. These 5-year Fellowships support early career researchers at the start of their independent academic careers.

New University Institutes in Data-Driven Innovation

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The University of Edinburgh has initiated several new interdisciplinary ‘University Institutes’.

Chancellor's Fellows Profiles

We asked some of our current Chancellor's Fellows to tell us what they thought about the programme. Read about their experiences below.