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Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures invites outline proposals for the forthcoming round of the Leverhulme Trust Early Fellowship scheme, with a deadline of 25th November 2019 at 9am.

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures welcomes Postdoctoral Fellows to its vibrant research community. We currently host three Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellows, one British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and one Marie Curie Fellow.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2020

We are currently inviting outline proposals for the 2020 Scheme from candidates already in receipt of a PhD on 25th November 2019 (note this is the requirement of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures).  If you submitted your doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 27 February 2016 you are not eligible to apply, unless you have had a career break. Please read the information on the link below and ensure you meet the eligibility and scheme criteria before applying.

https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/early-career-fellowships

An outline proposal, along with a short summary CV, should be sent to llc.research@ed.ac.uk by 9am on 25th November 2019. Late submissions and those which do not meet the criteria outlined below will not be considered.

Your proposal should include an outline of your proposed research, including methodology and timetable; planned outputs; dissemination plans; why you consider the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures within the University of Edinburgh to be the best place for you to undertake your project; a note of your mentor within the School. The proposal should be no more than two pages of A4, using a font of no less than point 11 with 2cm margins. Your CV (1-2 pages maximum) should include your publications to date along with your academic history, including the date your PhD was awarded.

You should make contact with your proposed mentor before you submit your outline and it would be beneficial if they commented on your proposal before submission. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the Edinburgh Research Explorer and our staff webpages (scroll to bottom of page). You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and make contact with them.

Our timetable for submission in 2020 is:

  • 25 November 9am – Deadline for submission of project proposal and short CV
  • 18 December – Applicants advised if selected for full submission
  • 19 December – 2 February – Applicant to develop full application with mentor
  • 3 February – Applicant to submit full application for internal peer review
  • 27 February 2020 – Funder deadline

If you have any queries about the Fellowship scheme or the LLC process of selection, please contact Janet Black, Research Manager, at llc.research@ed.ac.uk

Up to four candidates will be selected to develop a full stage application for submission to the Leverhulme Trust in February.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2020

We will be inviting applications for the 2020 Scheme (subject to confirmation from the British Academy) from candidates already in receipt of a PhD. Outline proposals are requested, along with a short summary CV, to be sent to llc.research@ed.ac.uk by 9am on 3rd August 2020. Late submissions will not be considered.

Your proposal should include an outline of your proposed research, including methodology and timetable; planned outputs; dissemination plans; a note on fit with research activities within the School and your proposed mentor. It is recommended that you contact potential mentors in advance of applying. The proposal should be no more than two pages of A4, using a font of no less than point 11 and 2cm margins. Your CV (1-2 pages maximum) should include your publications to date along with your academic history, including the date your PhD was awarded.

You should make contact with your proposed mentor before you submit your outline and it would be beneficial if they commented on your proposal before submission. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the Edinburgh Research Explorer and our staff webpages (scroll to bottom of page). You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research and make contact with them.

Our expected timetable for submission in 2020 is:

  • 3 August 9am – Deadline for submission of project proposal and short CV
  • 21 August – Applicants advised if selected for full submission
  • 22 August – 23 September – Applicant to develop full application with mentor
  • 24 September – Applicant to submit full application for internal peer review
  • 17 October – Expected funder deadline

Please read the scheme information on the link below and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. As the British Academy do not allow unsuccessful applicants to reapply to this Scheme, you should consider whether this is the best time for you to apply.

http://www.britac.ac.uk/british-academy-postdoctoral-fellowships

If you have any queries about the Fellowship scheme or the LLC process of selection, please contact Janet Black, Research Manager, at llc.research@ed.ac.uk

Up to four candidates are likely to be selected to develop a full stage application for submission to the British Academy in October 2020.

Newton International Fellowship - For overseas researchers

The Newton International Fellowship Scheme selects the very best early career postdoctoral researchers from all over the world to enable them to work at a UK research institution for two years. Fellowships support the development and training of postdoctoral researchers within seven years of PhD across relevant disciplines. Further information is available on the link below.

https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/newton-international-fellowships

Applications are submitted jointly by the researcher and the UK academic co-applicant. It is essential that you make contact with your co-applicant well in advance of the deadline as the contact should lead to a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research project proposal. If you do not have a co-applicant in mind, please have a look at our staff research profiles on the Edinburgh Research Explorer and our staff webpages (scroll to bottom of page). You’ll then be able to find staff working in your area of research.

The next funder deadline is expected to be in March 2020. You must have agreement from an academic member of staff to act as your co-applicant and you are required to submit your completed draft application to the School by 1st March 2020. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship to be hosted by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures within the University of Edinburgh, please contact Janet Black, Research Manager, at llc.research@ed.ac.uk once you have a co-applicant agreed.

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions - For overseas researchers

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) fund mobility, training and career development in academia through individual mobility grants and collaborative research and training. European and global fellowships are available for two years, with the global fellowship requiring a mandatory one year return period to your home institution following the fellowship.

Fellowships aim to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers (defined as PhD holders or those with four years’ research experience), who want to diversify their individual competence and skills acquisition through working abroad. Individual researchers submit proposals for funding in liaison with their planned host organisation. Proposals are judged on their research quality, the researcher's future career prospects and the support offered by the host organisation. Further details are available on the link below.

https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en

The next funder deadline is expected in September 2020 but please be aware that it is currently unclear as to whether UK institutions will be able to submit applicants in 2020. We will update this page with more details when we have them.  

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