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Information for prospective Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department is keen to receive applications from outstanding early career scholars who have recently completed their doctorate or are in its final stages, both from the UK and internationally. Your research area should be within the scope of the Department and you are strongly encouraged to make contact with at least one member of the permanent teaching and research staff to explore how you might link in.

All applications, internal or external, are considered by the Department’s Research Committee. This meets twice a term and is tasked with identifying research proposals that sit well within the Department and show real academic potential.

If you already have external funding for your postdoc, or are thinking about it, you still need make an application to come to POLIS. You should send a copy of your CV, research proposal, two references and a statement of support from an internal sponsor to the administrator to the Research Committee ( Please be aware that a bench fee will be chargeable for the duration of your stay in the Department. 

We are generally unable to directly fund postdoctoral fellows, unless a particular funded position has been announced (please, check here for paid positions at POLIS). However, the Department accepts applications for externally funded fellowships made under the following schemes:

Post-doctoral fellowship in international security studies This is jointly funded by the A.v.Humboldt Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust. Follow the link for further information.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships  have an early October deadline. Applicants must be UK or EEA nationals, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Those wishing to come to POLIS must submit a full application consisting of their CV, a research proposal and two references to POLIS by the deadline. Please note that the internal deadline has now passed the Department will be unable to consider any further applications to the 2017 call. The early date is due to the University operating an internal call procedure and therefore applications received after that date cannot be accepted.  

International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) - Marie Curie Actions   For applicants from outside the European Union. Applications are submitted in reply to a call for proposals – please let the Department know in good time if you are considering this scheme.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships  have a deadline of early March. These fellowships are jointly funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Cambridge Isaac Newton Trust. Applicants must either have been awarded a degree from a UK higher education institution or hold an academic position in the UK. Those interested in support from the Department for this scheme must submit their CV, research proposal and two references to POLIS by 4th January for consideration at the first Research Committee of the calendar year.

Newton International Fellowships. For non-UK residents. Applications have to be submitted to the funder by mid-March. Those interested in support from the Department for this scheme must submit their CV, research proposal and two references to POLIS by 14th February.

Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences  The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) supports, promotes and conducts interdisciplinary research of the highest order. The Centre runs a wide variety of programmes and is based in the same building as the Department.

Other schemes may run from time-to-time and it is vital that if you require Departmental support that you give the Research Grants Administrator (Dan Jones, ) good notice of your intention to apply.

You may ask the Research Grants Administrator for advice on costing your proposal, as well as consult with academic staff.