Information for Candidates

We are continuing to invest in the future of our academic staff by investing in a further cohort of 10 next generation research innovation leaders of the highest quality. These 5 year Fellowships 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 Opportunity

To support the next generation of academic research and innovation leaders we propose to appoint up to 10 new Chancellor’s Fellows focused on cutting edge research which addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. This follows the success of similar schemes over the last 5 years in which the University has appointed over 250 Chancellor’s Fellows. 

These prestigious awards are aimed at early career individuals of the highest potential and attainment who have begun to establish a reputation for the highest quality research at the forefront of their discipline and who have a commitment to learning and teaching at university level. 

We will recruit a cohort of next generation international research leaders, focused on issues critical to development, whose work is innovative, interdisciplinary and above all impactful. We will consider research leaders from across all disciplines whose work engages with the Sustainable Development Goals.  However, we are particularly encouraging candidates who will focus on, or work across:


  • Migration and Refugees
  • Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk
  • Conflict Resolution (including PeaceTech)
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Data and Digital Development
  • Global Health
  • Food Systems
  • Education and Employability
  • Affordable and Clean Energy

Funding for these posts is contributed to by the Global Challenges Research Fund, a £1.5billion Government initiative which forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment.  Research and educational activities carried out by the Chancellor’s Fellows will be ODA compliant, promoting the economic development and welfare of developing countries as the main objective of the research, and with these countries as the main beneficiary.

Candidates already holding an externally-funded Fellowship are welcome to transfer this to Edinburgh if the sponsor permits. 

International candidates are welcome. Relocation support and immigration fee assistance is available for colleagues who need to move to take up the Fellowship. This includes practical support for a spouse or partner.

Relocation Support

Immigration Fee Assistance


Key Facts about the University of Edinburgh

  • The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading research institution, consistently ranked in the global top 30 in QS, THES and US News Rankings and 4th in the UK for research power (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • REF2014:
    • 83% of the University’s research activity is in the highest categories - 4* and 3*- which have been classified as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.
    • Based on the quality and breadth of its research, Edinburgh is rated fourth in the UK 
    • 83% of the institution’s academic workforce - had their research assessed across 31 disciplines, with more than two thirds of those in top five-rated subject areas.
  • Globally-leading expertise in the field of international development research and a mission to make a significant, sustainable, and socially responsible contribution to the world. 
  • Leading reputation in development research in partnership with countries across the globe.

Equality and Diversity

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The culture of the University is open and diverse and we strive to replicate that in our appointments.  We are the proud holder of a prestigious Athena SWAN Silver Institution Award recognising our work in supporting the advancement of gender equality in academia.

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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Level of Appointment and Relocation

Chancellor’s Fellows will show evidence of independent research at the forefront of their field of research and will be appointed on the grade appropriate to their experience. 

Normally a Fellow will be appointed on Grade 8 of the academic scale (£41,526-£49,553).  Exceptionally, an appointment at Grade 9 (£52,559 - £59,135) may be made. 

The grade of appointment will be reviewed at the end of 3 years.

The timing of reviews vary by College, some coincide with the academic promotions cycle for that year.


What is Tenure-Track?

You will initially concentrate on research and innovation, with a start-up package in support, but will be trained in teaching and student development skills and be expected progressively to take up this core academic activity and to  build industry engagement. It is anticipated that following a successful end of year 3 review the majority of Chancellors Fellows will transition to an open-ended lectureship.


Induction, Orientation and Professional Development Programme

You will be given substantial mentoring and development support through and beyond the Fellowship provided by the Institute for Academic Development to help gain grants, fellowships and industry engagement funding. This will be in addition to support provided by senior staff in the respective schools and institutes. 

View the website of the Institute for Academic Development