Newcastle University Academic Track Fellowships NUAcT

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to apply for NUAcT?

If you are a researcher in the ‘transition to independence’ stage then you can apply. There is no restriction on discipline, although you will be asked to demonstrate how your research fits with Newcastle University’s broad portfolio of research. There is no preference for internal or external candidates. Candidates who hold open-ended contracts, eg Lectureships, and are still at the early career stage, can apply. This scheme is not for ‘established’ academic staff.


Can international researchers apply?

Yes, we welcome applications from international candidates. The University will support international new starters with visa applications and we can help with relocation costs.


Do NUAcT posts guarantee a permanent academic position?

NUAcTs are five year fixed term positions that will offer an open ended contract at the end subject to review. Fellows will be reviewed formally circa 3 years into their contract against individualised criteria relating to progress towards academic independence, contribution to the academic mission of the University and the trajectory of the acquisition of skills as a member of the faculty. 


How/when can I apply for a NUAcT post?

To apply for a NUAcT Fellowship download the Candidate Briefing Pack from the NU recruitment page which contains details on what you need to include in your application (see page 13). Fellowships will be advertised during twice-yearly open calls which will be advertised on the NU jobs recruitment page. Calls will be open for approximately eight weeks. The first call is January - March 2019 and it is anticipated that calls will be open in October and April in subsequent years. The NUAcT website will be kept updated with details.


Do I need a sponsor to apply for a NUAcT post?

No, there will be no requirement for applicants to have a sponsor.


Do I need a PhD and is there a maximum or minimum amount of post-doctoral experience expected?

In the majority of cases applicants would be expected to have a relevant PhD and post-doctoral experience. However, there may be cases where people have e.g. a high level of relevant experience in another sector; or there may be some disciplines where transition to independence falls earlier in the academic career pathway, e.g. immediately after completing a PhD. The key things are that you should be ready to transition to independence (i.e. have the potential to develop your own research programme and lead a research group) and that you should be eligible to apply for relevant external funding.


I already have an external Fellowship. Am I eligible to apply and could I transfer my Fellowship to Newcastle?

If, at the end of your Fellowship, you are still at the early career/transition to independence stage then you would be eligible to apply. This would usually be Fellowships that are shorter in length (1-3 years). Transferring your Fellowship to Newcastle is possible, but you would need to check with your funder.


Will Fellows be expected to teach?

The focus of NUAcT is research however you will be expected to undertake some teaching as part of your development and experience, and opportunities will be available for Fellows who wish to get more involved with pedagogical research or additional teaching duties.



Could NUAcT Fellows work part-time?

Yes, fellowships can be flexible and accommodate part time working. Fellowships can be extended following periods of parental or extended leave and to accommodate part time working.  Additional mentorship and support is given to those returning to their fellowships.


What level will NUAcT Fellows be appointed at if they are successful in gaining an open ended contract at the end of their five year Fellowship?

Subject to a successful review, Fellows will be offered open-ended contracts at Lecturer or in some cases Senior Lecturer level. Any progression to Senior Lecturer level will need to go through the standard Newcastle University promotions process.


Is a NUAcT Fellowship or a Lectureship the right choice for me?

Different people will choose different routes to develop their academic career and all routes are equally valued at Newcastle. NUAcT will suit those who want to benefit from a period of protected time to focus on a research programme, but this is not for everyone. NUAcT is an additional investment by the University to create extra posts and grow our total number of researchers, so NUAcT Fellowships do not replace Lectureships.


I am a Researcher at Newcastle University and I already hold a research Fellowship – what does NUAcT mean for me?

We will invite all NU investigators who hold equivalent externally funded fellowships to become part of the NUAcT cohort and benefit from the same training, mentoring and peer support. External candidates who are coming to the end of an early career Fellowship may be eligible to apply if they are still at the transition to independence stage.


What is NUPAcT? (Newcastle University Partnership Academic Track)

NUPAcTs will enable Fellows to combine their aspirations for research within the University with additional activity involving an external partner (e.g. a commercial company). NUPAcTs will be joint appointments where Fellows will split their time between the University and their host employer, who will contribute a proportion of salary costs. There will be further guidance on NUPAcTs soon.