Postdoctoral fellowships

Find out how to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship with UCL History as your sponsoring department.

UCL History has a thriving community of researchers on fixed-term postdoctoral contracts. Some of these staff are teaching fellows, some are attached to ongoing research projects, and others will bring their own funding from institutions like the Leverhulme Trust or British Academy. You can find a list of our current teaching fellows here and a list of postdoctoral research associates here.

On this page, we'll advertise any open opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships that might be useful to those hoping to come and work at UCL History. Some of these will be attached to larger research projects and others will come from outside institutions.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2019-20

Offering 50% match-funding for the salary costs of three-year academic research position, the Leverhulme ECF scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK. 

Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure and that the Fellowships should lead to a more permanent academic position. Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available in 2019. Fellowships can be held at universities or at other institutions of higher education in the UK.

In order to be eligible, applicants should have submitted their doctoral thesis between the dates of 28 February 2015 and 28 February 2019. They cannot currently hold a permanent academic post but must either hold a degree from a UK institution or be in temporary or fixed-term employment at a UK academic institution. In the latter case, this employment must not have started later than October 2018.

Applicants must also be supported by the UK host institution at which they hope to work for the three-year period of the fellowship. This means that if you want to complete a Leverhulme ECF at UCL, you will need to contact us and let us know as soon as possible. We advise that you take a look at the list of our academic staff and identify the person who would be the most suitable mentor for your project. You should then contact them directly by email to outline your background and proposed research. You may also contact our Director of Research, Professor Margot Finn, to advise her of your intended application or to ask any questions about the scheme.

The scheme is highly competitive and as such UCL operates an internal process to select the strongest applicants to put forward for funding. The first stage in this process is at the departmental level. That means that we have to set an internal deadline, by which date applicants will need to submit a two-page research proposal and an academic CV. Selected applicants will be put forward to the faculty for a further shortlisting process.

*Please note that if you are shortlisted by the department we will ask you to complete the first section of the Leverhulme application form before we forward your application to the faculty. This gives only a short turn-around time. You should ensure that we have the right contact details for you and that you check your email regularly in the days after submitting your application to us.

Applications for the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship 2019 - 2020 are now closed.