The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postdoctoral Geography

Postdoctoral Geography

Geography has a diverse community of postdoctoral fellows who contribute to our dynamic and lively research environment. We welcome enquiries and applications from potential postdoctoral fellows.

Applications for ESRC NINE DTP Fellowships 2020 Call

Call for expressions of interest

Full details of the scheme are available on the NINEDTP website, including:

  • the application form
  • call specification
  • FAQs
  • details on how to apply

For candidates applying through the School, you should submit expressions of interest by 17 January 2020.

You should submit via the online form and in close liaison with the subject area and proposed mentor.

Applicants must either have:

  • been awarded a PhD
  • submitted their thesis by the submission deadline (23 March 2020) and:
    • passed their viva voce with minor corrections
    • expect that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date (1 October 2020)

Selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications to NINEDTP by 16:00 on 23 March 2019. This by emailing, copied to

If you have any questions, contact Heather McGrath, School Research Administrator. Quote “ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2020 Call

Calls for expressions of interest

In January 2020, Leverhulme Trust re-opens applications to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships.

This scheme offers 50% match-funding for salary costs of three-year academic research position. This is for an early career researcher to create a significant piece of publishable work.

The aim is to provide career development for those at an early stage of their academic careers. Applicants should have a proven record of research.

100 fellowships available

Approximately 100 fellowships will be available. The funder will provide further details in January 2020.

The Leverhulme Early Career Researcher call is strongly competitive. As a result, there is a quota and selection process.

In the School, we normally have more potential applicants than quota spaces.

To ensure applicants are fairly assessed, there's an internal School selection process. We'll review working drafts of applications (two-page proposal and two-page CV) to select candidates.

Timescale for submissions

The timescale will be:

  • Thursday 12 December 2019 - closing date for draft applications for School review
  • Monday 1 January 2019 - scheme opens
  • Tuesday 7 January 2020 - GPS selection committee
  • Friday 24 January 2020 - Schools notify HaSS Faculty of applications (applications to be on official Leverhulme forms)
  • Thursday 13 February 2020 - grants and contracts submission deadline
  • Thursday 27 February 2020 - Leverhulme submission deadline

Send expressions of interest and draft applications (two-page proposal and two-page CV) to:

They need to arrive by 17:00, Thursday 12th December.

Application policy

Geography supports a rigorous process of internal peer review in order to support, mentor and manage applications for highly competitive postdoctoral research grants. Applicants wishing to consider applying should contact the Director of Research, Professor Peter Hopkins and a relevant member of staff who has appropriate expertise at least 2 months in advance of the deadline of the relevant scheme:

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships
  • Marie Sklodwska-Curie Fellowship Scheme
  • Newton international Fellowship

Applications must fit both the funding scheme criteria and the research profile and strengths of Geography at Newcastle. Many schemes are highly competitive with low success rates so we are only able to support the strongest applicants.