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 2018-19 Call

Call for expressions of interest

Full details of the scheme, including the Application Form, Call Specification, FAQs and details on how to apply are available on the NINEDTP website

For candidates applying through School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University (via Geography and Sociology), expressions of interest should be submitted by 18 January 2019 via the online form and in close liaison with the subject area and proposed mentor. Applicants must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis by the submission deadline (22nd March 2019) and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date (1st October 2019).

Selected applicants will be invited to submit their full applications to NINEDTP (, copied to by 4 pm on 22 March 2019

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


Applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2019 Call

Call for expressions of interest

In January 2019, Leverhulme Trust will re-open the scheme for applications to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships.  This scheme offers 50% match-funding for salary costs of three-year academic research position for an early career researcher to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.  This opportunity aims to provide career development for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research.  Approximately 100 fellowships will be available but further details will be confirmed by the funder in January 2019, including the funder deadline date.

The Leverhulme Early Career Researcher call is strongly competitive, and as a result there is a quota and selection process. In School of Geography, Poltitics and Sociology, we normally have more potential applicants than quota spaces, therefore in order to ensure that applicants are fairly assessed and ranked by the School in advance of the Faculty selection, there will be an internal School selection process, where working drafts of applications (2 page proposal plus 2 page CV) are reviewed and candidates selected. The timescale will be:

  • Thursday 13th December 2018.  Closing date for draft applications for review by School
  • Monday 1st January 2018 (TBC)  Scheme Opens
  • Thursday 10th January 2018  GPS selection committee
  • Friday 25th January 2018   Schools notify HaSS Faculty of applications (Applications to be on official Leverhulme forms)
  • Friday 15th February   Grants and Contracts submission deadline.
  • Friday 1st March (TBC)   Leverhulme submission deadline.

Please send expressions of interest and draft applications (2 page proposal plus 2 page CV) to Heatherh McGrath, School Research Administrator ( and Robert Hollands, School Research Director ( by 5pm, Thursday 13th December, for collation and review in advance of the selection panel.

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.