The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

Postdoctoral Geography

Post-Doctoral Fellowships

We invite expressions of interest for applications for ongoing post-doctoral fellowship schemes including those funded by international funding bodies.

Please work with a member of academic staff within your proposed area of research to develop your proposal. They will be able to help identify a suitable scheme and support you to develop and submit a high quality application.

Expressions of interest for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2021 Call

Each year the Leverhulme Trust holds a competition to award Early Career Fellowships to researchers within 4 years of PhD examination, to enable them to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.

Three nominations 

Each School within Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty will be able to nominate 3 applications for the 2021 call. The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology typically receive many more applications than we can nominate. We therefore invite expressions of interest from prospective candidates for assessment ranking prior to selection for nomination. Expressions of interest must be submitted on the following web form.

Express an interest

Expressions of interest must be received on this form by 12.00 Friday 27 November.

Ranking criteria

To assist in selection of successful applications, The School of Geography, Politics and Sociology will be using a ranking criteria, as follows:

  • 60%: Quality of proposal, including timeliness of research question and use of innovative methods
  • 30%: Strength of CV including publication record
  • 10%: Alignment and fit of proposal with proposed school and subject area


Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or comparable UK institutions, nor may Fellows hold such a post concurrently with the Early Career Fellowship.

The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.

Applicants who have existing funding in place for a duration equivalent to or greater than the duration of the Early Career Fellowship should not apply.

Applicants must be within 4 years of their PhD examination – hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 25 February 2017 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break (maternity leave, family commitments, illness, or other exceptional circumstances).

Selection timeline

  • 11 November 2020Internal workshop for potential applicants: (for external applicants wishing to attend this session please contact
  • 12.00 Friday 27 November 2020: deadlinefor submission of Expression of Interest for applications via Geography, Politics and Sociology (including PEALS and CURDS Research Centres)
  • 11 December 2020: Schools to inform Lorraine Smith of the 3 nominated applicants and any reserve candidates
  • w/c 14 December 2020: Faculty to confirm selection of applicants and any reserve candidates
  • 1 January 2021: Leverhulme Trust Opens call
  • w/c 18 January 2021: Final date for nominated applications to be sent by applicant to Faculty for lay peer review
  • 17 February 2021: Final date for internal submission of applications for approval process
  • 25 February 2021: Leverhulme Trust Closing Date
  • May 2021: Decisions
  • Between 1 September 2021 and 1 May 2022: Fellowships commence