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Durham University


Research Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities and Visiting Academics

If you would like to come and join our research community, we would be very pleased to hear from you. The information on this page is intended to point prospective researchers to some of the possibilities available: it cannot be comprehensive, so please do research other possible funding sources.

Postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellowships

If you are looking for post-doctoral opportunities, several schemes are available, depending on your career stage and location. We welcome enquiries from eligible candidates working on topics related to our specific research fields within musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, cognition, composition and performance, or on related interdisciplinary projects: potential candidates are encouraged to explore the information on our current research on our web site.

In most cases, internal review processes enable us to decide which candidates may be supported, so it is best to contact us as early as possible. Please review our ‘People’ page to identify a suitable mentor for your project, and then get in touch with us at:

A small selection of the opportunities available are listed below:

Durham University Schemes

  • IAS Fellowship schemes

N.B The Call for Applications for IAS Fellowships is on hold for the moment

Up to 20, three-month fellowships are available (October-December and January-March) each year. Applicants may be from any academic discipline or professional background involving research, and they may come from anywhere in the world (though preference is given to International applicants). IAS Fellowships include an honorarium, funds for travel, accommodation, and costs associated with replacement teaching or loss of salary (where appropriate).

  • Durham Residential Research Library

The Durham Residential Research Library hosts researchers for Visiting Fellowships, from one to three months in duration. In addition, a series of named fellowships are available to work on particular collections or subject areas.

The Durham Residential Research Library aims to enable and foster research across the three historic collections of Durham – those held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College, and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. They include not only libraries, but also archives, collections of visual and material culture, and architectural assets. The purpose of the Visiting Fellowships is to support research into these globally significant collections.

European/International Fellowship schemes

  • Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Fellowships are available to fund researchers who wish to move to Durham from elsewhere in the EU or internationally for research purposes.

  • Newton International Fellowships (deadline typically April). Open to applicants working outside the UK and not holding UK citizenship at the time of application. Applicants should have completed their PhD by the time of the start date of the Fellowship.

UK Fellowship Schemes

  • British Academy Post-doctoral Fellowships (application deadline typically October). Open to UK and EU citizens and those with a PhD from a UK university. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a PhD. Interested candidates should complete the pro forma (available here) and submit to Zoe Gardiner (Senior Research Administrator) at no later than Tuesday 25 August 2020.

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships (deadline typically March). Open to those with a degree from a UK university or holding an academic position at the time of application. Applicants must be within five years of the award of a PhD and have submitted their PhD at the time of application.

Further information and advice can be found by contacting:

Visiting Academic Policy

If you would like to work in Durham for a period as a Visiting Academic, please see the University policy here: Please contact a member of academic staff working in your area well in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Postgraduate Research

For information on postgraduate study and funding opportunities, please visit