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Durham University

Department of Engineering


We encourage applications for Durham University Fellowships as soon as they become available - please check back for the latest information.

The EU-sponsored Durham International Fellowships for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) allows Durham University to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham's Research Institutes and researchers.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who wish to work on collaborative research projects with one of Durham University's thematic Institutes:

Find out more information about this fellowship here.

The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond, and build international networks of scholars with a common passion for the deepest theoretical questions and most pressing practical problems facing humanity.

The JRF scheme is aimed at researchers with significant post-doctoral experience, but recent doctorands of exceptional ability and researchers who have followed non-traditional academic career paths (such as in public corporations, NGOs or industry) are also encouraged to apply. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University.

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse spectrum of opportunities offered by the Institutes at Durham, which span the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, and link their proposals to research programmes of the Institutes and their constituent research centres. Applicants may, however, submit a research proposal that is independent of the Institutes or the Durham Business School, provided that they have a coherent and cogent reason why this research should be conducted in Durham: such 'free-standing' Junior Fellows will be affiliated to the Institute of Advanced Study.

Find out more information about this fellowship here.

Durham University is delighted to announce that applications are being accepted for its Addison Wheeler Fellowships, which are designed to provide young researchers of outstanding promise with three years to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities.

Addison Wheeler Fellowships are funded through the bequest of Addison James Wheeler to encourage 'efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth'. Addressing this aspiration is one of the conditions of the Fellowships but it is intended to be interpreted broadly and should not be seen as restrictive.

The Fellowships are aimed at researchers of a high calibre, who have completed their PhD at the time of application and are at an early stage in their career. Fellows will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration within academic researchers at Durham University. Eligible applications for Addison Wheeler Fellowships will also be considered for Junior Research Fellowships unless requested otherwise in the application.

Addison Wheeler Fellows will be employed in the University on a non-renewable fixed-term contract. They will be issued with a full employment contract by Durham University, will have full social security coverage, will be eligible to join the University Superannuation Scheme and will have access to the UK health services through National Insurance payments. They will have full access to the University library and IT resources, professional skills training, occupational health services, careers advice and specialist research facilities relevant to their project. Addison Wheeler Fellows will be appointed at a point on the Grade 7 scale appropriate to their experience. Starting salaries will be in the range £30,122 – £33,884 p.a..There are no residency or nationality restrictions.

Find out more information about this fellowship here.

The ARAP is a collaboration between Durham University Department of Engineering and A*STAR to provide research opportunities for PhD students to work at A*STAR Research Institutes and Consortia.

Under this programme, PhD students will spend between 6 months to two years at A*STAR research institutes under the joint supervision of Durham University academics and co-supervised by qualified researchers from A*STAR Research Institutes.

Award terms:
Awardees typically spend up to 2 years at A*STAR RIs and are provided with the following during their attachment in Singapore:

  • Monthly stipend of S$2,500
  • One-time return airfare grant of up to S$1,500
  • One-time settling-in allowance of S$1,000 provided that the student spends at least 1 year at an A*STAR RI
  • Medical insurance


  • Registered PhD students of Durham University
  • For International Students only (excludes students from South East Asian region)
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least a Second Class (Upper) Honours or equivalent
  • For non-native English speakers IELTS 6.5 or equivalent with 5.5 or greater in all IELTS sub-scores

Application procedure:

  • Detailed CV
  • Copy of passport
  • High school, college, degree and masters certificate with details of transcripts showing grades attained for individual subjects
  • Letter of PhD admission to your university
  • Recommendation or referral letter
  • State PhD project thesis title

Current collaboration with the A*STAR:

  • Image informatics
  • Computer vision
  • Modelling

Links to further information:

PhD students who are interested are invited to contact Dr Boguslaw Obara for more details.

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