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Durham University

Department of History

Post Doctoral Fellowships


Our Department has a successful record of sponsoring and hosting outstanding candidates for prestigious post-doctoral fellowship competitions. These Fellowships provide opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but with a proven record of excellent research, to join our departmental research community for a fixed period of time.

Some post-doctoral fellowship schemes are funded or operated by Durham University; others are supported by external funding bodies and require us to provide a strong research community for tenure of the fellowship. We welcome eligible applicants of the highest calibre from all backgrounds, genders, or ethnicities. The Department is sometimes restricted in the number of candidates it may submit to a particular scheme, and in all cases we must assess whether we can offer candidates an appropriate fit for their research interests and career needs.

For all schemes, it is essential to establish your eligibility and contact relevant researchers here as early as possible. Initially, you will want to contact an academic member of staff with cognate research interests to discuss the possibility of applying through our department. We expect to work with applicants in revising a draft application to maximise your chance of success. For this reason, we ask you to be honest about whether you are also exploring an application to the same scheme with another department or university; we hope that you will ensure that our time invested in improving your application is balanced with the likelihood you will apply through us. In many cases, we expect to work with you on draft applications in advance of funders announcing a current round of their schemes; in these cases, we suggest you base a draft on the most recent guidance published by the funder and adjust the draft in light of the eventual call for funding.

Please find details on post-doctoral Fellowships listed below:


Newton International Fellowships

Closing date: Please submit a draft application to us at least 6 weeks before the funder deadline.

Fellowships are tenable for two years, supported by the British Academy, the Royal Society, and the Academy of Medical Sciences. Applicants come from outside the UK.

More information is available here.


Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

Closing date: Please submit a draft application to us at least 6 weeks before the funder deadline.

Fellowships are tenable for up to three years.

More information is available here.


ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Closing date: Please submit a 2-page Expression of Interest and CV to history.research@durham.ac.uk, as required in the scheme call.

Tenable for three years. These fellowships are open to scholars of any nationality holding a PhD from a UK university recognised as part of an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (not necessarily the Northern Ireland and North East DTP, of which Durham is part). Candidates should have graduated no more than 12 months ago (though exemptions can apply for career breaks for health or personal reasons).

More information, including the deadline for an Expression of Interest, is available here.


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Closing date: Each year, we follow an internal selection process to identify the applicants we will forward to the University for nomination in this scheme. The deadline typically falls around 7 weeks from the funder deadline, so please contact us for further information.

Fellowships are tenable for three years.

More information is available here.


British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowships

Closing date: Each year, we follow an internal selection process to identify the applicants we will forward to the University for nomination in this scheme. The deadline typically falls around 7 weeks from the funder deadline, so please contact us for further information.

Fellowships are tenable for three years.

More information is avilable here.


Durham University Post-doctoral Fellowships

Closing date: Currently closed to new applications.

Addison-Wheeler Fellowships: These are tenable for three years, but the scheme is advertised on a periodic basis and not open every year.

More information is available here.


Durham University International Junior Research Fellowships

Currently closed to new applications

Our own University has previously offered fellowships (for overseas applicants only) tenable for two years. However, the scheme is currently closed pending any application for future funding under the COFUND programme.

More information is avilable here.


If you would like to express interest in applying for one or more of the Fellowships please contact Dr Richard Huzzey, who is the department’s Deputy Director of Research (Grants).

Prospective candidates should be prepared to provide:

  1. curriculum vitae
  2. a detailed account of the proposed research (2 pages of A4, Times New Roman 12 pt). This should state the aims, objectives, method and publication plans, with particular attention to explanation of the significance of the subject, and the research problem and questions. This statement should be clear and precise, with bibliographical references given in full.
  3. an abstract of the proposal in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert.
  4. details of the research being undertaken in the department/centre at Durham which is relevant to your proposal.

Deputy Director of Research (Grants)

Dr Richard Huzzey

E: history.research@durham.ac.uk