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Durham University

Department of Geography

News Archive

Research Fellowship Funding Opportunities Now Available

(17 October 2012)

JRF and SRF applicants will be affiliated with one of Durham's Institutes.

If you do not already have a contact in the Department of Geography but would like to approach a member of academic staff with a view to them acting as your host for one of the fellowships please visit our Research Groups & Clusters pages and our academic staff web pages to find out about our staff members and their research interests. If you are still not sure who to approach then for advice please contact Professor Nicky Gregson (Director of Research) if your research interests are aligned to Human Geography or Professor Colm O’Cofaigh (Depauty Director of Research) if your research interests are aligned to Physical Geogaphy.


Durham University International Junior Research Fellowships (JRF)

The JRF scheme is designed to attract the most talented researchers in Europe and beyond. It 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 are also encouraged to apply. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration with academic researchers at Durham University.

In order that the JRFs can complete a significant piece of original research during the Fellowship, the normal period of the Fellowship will be 2 years, though Fellows can make a case for a shorter or longer period with a minimum of one year and a maximum of 2.5 years.

Up to 15 Junior Fellowships will be available, to commence between 1st July, 2013 and 1st January, 2014. Fellowships must be completed by 30th September, 2015. To be eligible, applicants must normally have completed a PhD at the time of application and in line with the terms of funding set by Marie Curie, "researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account". The reference date is 1st July, 2013.

There are no nationality restrictions, but the award of a Fellowship will be conditional on a visa and work permit being secured, if required, from the UK Border Agency.

A member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow. Before applying, applicants must seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The host will help them to refine their research proposal and ensure that the appropriate facilities for the conduct of the research project are available in the University.

For further details about this scheme and how to apply please see http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/diferens/junior/. This web page provides links to the further particulars, host pro-forma, FAQS and eligibility guide.

JRF applications are made through the Durham University online application system under vacancy reference number 2086. The deadline for applications is Friday 14th December, 2012.


Durham University Addison Wheeler Fellowships

Addison Wheeler Fellowships are designed to provide young researchers of outstanding promise with three years to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities. The University seeks to fill up to three fellowships. The Fellowships are available for up to three years from October 2013.

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 JRFs unless requested otherwise in the application.

Addison Wheeler Fellows will be employed in the University on a non-renewable fixed-term contract. There are no residency or nationality restrictions.

As a member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow, before applying, applicants must seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The host will help them to refine their research proposal and ensure that the appropriate facilities for the conduct of the research project are available in the University.

For further details about this scheme and how to apply please see http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/addisonwheelerfellowships/. This web page provides links to the further particulars, host pro-forma, FAQs and eligibility guide.

Addison Wheeler applications are made through the Durham University online application system under vacancy reference number 2087. The deadline for applications is 14th December, 2012.


Durham University International Senior Research Fellowships (SRF)

Durham University is recruiting two types of Senior Fellow for 2013-14:

Senior Research Fellowships and Policy & Enterprise Fellowships

Up to 17 Fellowship will be available in (2013-14): 10 Senior Research Fellowships and 7 Policy and Enterprise Fellowships. Fellowships are available for periods of 6 weeks to 6 months between October 2013 and September 2014.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who wish to work on collaborative research projects with one of Durham University's thematic Institutes or with the Durham Business School. Applications are also welcome from individuals wishing to collaborate on a research project associated with other research groups or research centres at Durham.

To be eligible, in line with the terms of funding set by Marie Curie, "researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account". The reference date is 1st July, 2013.

Before applying, applicants must seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host.

Further details of the SRF schemes can be found at: http://www.dur.ac.uk/ias/diferens/senior/. This web page provides links to the further particulars, the SRF application form, host pro-forma and FAQS.

The closing date for applications, for both categories of Senior Research Fellowship, is 18th January, 2013.


The International Junior Research Fellowships and the International Senior Research Fellowships are funded in part by the European Union through the COFUND programme.