Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a query about your application, please check this page first as we will list answers to the most common questions.

Closing date for applications

Applications closed on the 16th October for the 2019 Chancellor's Fellowships.

I have a technical question about my application form, who should I contact?

If you have omitted something or made a mistake with your application , it may be that our HR Systems team can 'unsubmit' your application and allow you to make any amendments yourself. You can contact the HR Systems team via the link below. Please remember to quote the vacancy reference number you applied for and your applicant number. 

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Chancellor's Fellowships are very popular roles and we receive a large amount of queries every day so,  wherever possible, check your application thoroughly and don't leave your submission until the last day.

My PhD will be completed in the Summer, am I eligible to apply?

For this round of recruitment candidates must have obtained their PhD already when their application is submitted. 

What format/detail should be included in my research proposal?

Please note that there are no general guidelines or requirements relating to the content and format of the outline of your proposed research programme. You might find it most helpful to get in touch with the University contact (  Clearly highlight the Global Challenge Theme(s) as defined in the job description.

The advert says I only need two referees but the application form is asking me for three referees, how many should I give?

Normally we would ask for three referees for this level of role, however, for Chancellor’s Fellowships most areas are satisfied with two. If your application form requests three referees this is because the area you are applying to still requires three referees. If this is the case please submit details of three people.  One reference must normally be obtained from the candidate’s current employer. For Academic staff only, the second reference may be an academic reference which can be viewed as a form of peer review, and may come from someone else directly involved in your field who is based at a different institution.  

Should I submit references/letters of reference with my application?

No. Applicants are required to provide only the name and contact details of their referees when applying. Letters of reference do not need to be submitted before the vacancy closing date. The University of Edinburgh will contact referees and provide all the information required to submit references at shortlist stage.  

Are the 'personal statement' and 'research proposal' different documents?

Please note that the personal statement and the two-page outline of your proposed research programme are two separate documents.

The personal/supporting statement is the cover letter of your application and when applying online you can either type it in the box available on our application system or upload it to the system as an attachment in the 'Applicant Document' section. The research proposal is your suggested research programme outline.

Regarding the length of the personal statement, this is the same as a cover letter. It is advised to keep it short and succinct. Please note, if  you type your supporting statement directly into the box on the online system, the length is limited to 2000 characters.  

I received my PhD several years ago, can I still apply?

A rule has not been set in respect of the exact number of years after PhD completion you can apply.  If you believe you meet the essential criteria you are welcome to apply.  

Should I attach writing samples, references, examples of my work?

The online system allows you to submit additional documents with your application. Our advice is to keep your additional documents to a minimum.