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Durham University


Funding Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities

The School is very pleased to support applications to postdoctoral and senior visiting fellowship competitions from candidates working on topics relating to any of its wide range of research interests. Relevant schemes include the following:

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Newton International Fellowships

Durham Institute of Advanced Study Fellowships (junior & senior)

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Leverhulme Visiting Professorships

Open calls, with details of the application process, will be posted here. Potential applications are welcome to make informal contact with a potential host/mentor in their field, or to contact the Deputy Director of Research (Grants), Prof Andy Beresford, with any enquiries:

Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowships in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has a strong record of success in the Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowshipscheme, andinvites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates working on topics within the remit of any of our constituent language areas (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, and Russian), particularly those related to the activities of our research groups ( or to relevant University research centres and institutes (

Further information on the Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowships, including eligibility criteria, can be found at:

Those who wish to express interest should contact Andy Beresford ( to discuss the possibility of applying via the School, so that a suitable postdoctoral mentor can be assigned. Together with their mentor, candidates will need to prepare the following by 15 January 2020:

(a) An up-to-date curriculum vitae.

(b) A detailed account of the proposed research (1,000 words). 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.

(c) A 100-word abstract of the proposal in non-technical terms so as to be easily comprehensible to a non-expert.

(d) Details of the research groups/centres/institutes at Durham which are relevant to the proposal.

Applicants will be sent comments on their proposal, and, if judged suitable for support, further advice will be provided on the draft application. These applications will then undergo a process of scrutiny and selection by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Those whose proposals receive Faculty support will be informed in good time to enable any further refinement of the application before submission to the Leverhulme Trust.