Postdoctoral and early career opportunities

You can apply for funding for postdoc research roles with us in Social Sciences and Law.

Postdoctoral/early career funding schemes

We accept applications through various UK and European postdoctoral and early career funding schemes, including:

AHRC Catalyst Award

Awards to support researchers without prior experience of leading a significant research project to accelerate their trajectory as independent researchers, to unlock their potential and build leadership and convenor experience.

AHRC Curiosity Award

Flexible awards to fund fundamental research that leads to new research agendas, networking activity and idea generation, which enables the development of further research opportunities and new research agendas.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

 A three year award made to an annual cohort of outstanding early career researchers in the humanities or social sciences.

ESRC New Investigator Grant

These grants will support new researchers and academics at the start of their careers to enable their transition to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams.

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

These Fellowships are aimed at providing a development opportunity for those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

For early career researchers, with a research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

Wellcome Early-Career Awards

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. 

School Research Directors

If you wish to apply to any of the schemes listed on this page, it is recommended that you get in touch with your School Research Director as they will be able to advise you on any internal School processes and on any School support available:

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