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The University of Edinburgh is a world-leading research institution, 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). For more than four centuries, our staff and students have made history. With a research strategy that emphasises both a positive working environment, internationalisation and early career researcher development, we are committed to developing the future generations of researchers.

Learn more about living and working in Edinburgh for new researchers. We have produced a PDF guide for research staff starting a research position at the University of Edinburgh. Developed by the Institute for Academic Development, this guide covers the following:

  • Links to relocation advice from within the University, for those moving to Edinburgh
  • Inductions available from around the University
  • Key areas to think about to successfully transition into your Postdoc  

Guide for new researchers

Working with us

Relocation Support


Level of Appointment and Relocation

A Fellow will be appointed on Grade 7 of the academic scale (£33,199 - £39,609).

In addition, you will receive payments into a pension scheme and other benefits of employment. Each year, you will be able to use funds up to £2500 to support attendance at conferences and meetings and £6000 to support other research costs.

As a special exemption, we have made our relocation support available for TRAIN@Ed fellows, in line with the University procedures for staff recruited at Grade 8. More information can be found on our relocation support webpages.

Relocation Support

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 the university 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.

Family Friendly Initiatives

Immigration Fee Assistance

There are two types of support currently in place, the Interest Free Loan and Visa Fee Reimbursement.

The University offers assistance to those paying for fees in relation to their Tier 2 visa or UK Residency applications and associated UK legal fees.  In respect of Tier 2, this includes payments for NHS surcharges and NARIC fees.  All non-UK members of staff can apply for a loan to assist with UK residency costs. 

Those applying for a Tier 2 visa or extension can apply for a loan and then reimbursement of the fees. 

Immigration Fee Assistance

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. 

Institute for Academic Development

Science and Technology Opportunities

  • Opportunity to exploit relevant facilities, technology and instrumentation in your research career.
  • Opportunity to interact with key scientists and engineers in your field who are based at University of Edinburgh.
  • Colleges and Schools have regular seminar series through which Fellows can expand their experience; and training courses and workshops to further learn about techniques and research areas.
  •  Fellowships provide funding to enable Fellows to attend subject conferences and workshops both in the UK and overseas.

Training Opportunities

  • Opportunities to present your work at departmental seminars and conferences.
  • Where appropriate and available, supervisors will encourage Fellows to be involved with the work of PhD students, in particular for Fellows to develop their own mentoring and supervision skills.
  • Where a project has possible commercial application, there will be the opportunity for a Fellow to receive advice, support and training from Edinburgh Innovations staff. Edinburgh Innovations are available to support researchers in identifying and exploiting possible commercial applications of their research.
  • A wide variety of training in transferable skills will be available for Fellows as part of Institute for Academic Development’s regular training courses. IAD in-house training includes courses in mentoring, negotiation skills, business report writing, equality and diversity awareness, financial skills, creative thinking, project management, presentation skills and others. Fellows will be encouraged to undertake a core training programme involving some of these areas.
  • Training in how to engage audiences outside academia with your work. This will include describing the highlights of your research to a general audience and public engagement activities. This will also include how to pitch your research ideas to potential investors.

IAD Courses

Conditions of a fellowship

Fellowships are intended to provide researchers with the freedom to pursue their chosen project as they see fit. However, to help this process and to facilitate Fellows’ development and training, Fellows will be required:

  • To work 100% of their time on their research and training activities. Fellows are not able to be involved in other H2020 projects. 
  • To produce a plan for their project and objectives for each year of their Fellowship with their supervisor. 
  • To disseminate their research results through standard academic means such as conference talks and posters, and journal publications, and to acknowledge H2020 funding, together with their host department, in such outputs. 
  • To communicate their research to a non-technical (public) audience through activities such as writing general summaries of their research, giving tours or talks to members of the public, pitching business ideas to potential investors etc. 
  • To produce a report near the end of their Fellowship detailing their activities and achievements, and to provide other material that may be needed for reports as part of the COFUND programme. 
  • To abide by the University of Edinburgh’s policies and procedures during their Fellowship.