Search begins for research talent

Highly talented researchers are being invited to apply to a scheme that helps them develop their careers.

The University’s prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowships are aimed at early career academics, who have already begun to establish a reputation for top quality research.

The scheme seeks to help them develop their research to the highest international standards while progressively training them in teaching and student development skills.

Five-year Fellowships

Academics wanting to work in interdisciplinary fields and those who have commercial links are particularly welcome this year.

Fellowships are for five years and subject to a successful end of year three review. The majority of Chancellor's Fellows will transition to an open-ended lectureship.

Academic development

Chancellor’s Fellows initially concentrate on research and innovation and are given a start-up package in support.

They will be trained in teaching and student development skills and be expected to progressively take up this core academic activity.

Mentoring and development support will be available throughout and beyond their Fellowship provided by the Institute for Academic Development.

Early career researchers

The scheme was designed as a key element of the University’s strategy to position Edinburgh at the forefront of career development for outstanding early career academic researchers.

Since the scheme was launched, 62 per cent of appointees have been non-UK nationals supporting the University’s drive to internationalise its staff.

Research excellence

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) - in which Edinburgh was ranked 4th for research power - 99 per cent of existing Chancellor’s Fellows made submissions.

Since the scheme began, Chancellor’s Fellows have applied for more than 450 grants as Principal investigator (PI), and more than three times this total as Co-Investigator (Co-I).

Between them, they have gained £31million as PI and £47m as Co-I. They have also secured £29m in fellowships.

Some 68 per cent of Fellows supervise postgraduate students. At undergraduate level, 44 per cent act as course organisers and 30 per cent are personal tutors.