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Nottingham Research Fellowships, University of Nottingham, UK

Publish Date: Aug 31, 2015

Deadline: Oct 26, 2015

Nottingham Research Fellowships


The Nottingham Research Fellowships Scheme targets outstanding early career researchers in most academic disciplines at the University. The Fellowships are open to early career researchers and provide a recognised first step into an independent research career. 

Fellowships will normally commence in October 2016, but there is individual flexibility around this date. 

Fellowships include: 

  • 3 years’ salary costs
  • Up to £25,000 per annum research expenses
  • The linking of the fellowship to an academic appointment subject to a high level of performance and the right to work in the UK.
  • Up to £5000 per annum taxable child care costs

Fellows may be recruited to most Schools in the University's five Faculties.


Candidates should have no more than 8 years of post-doctoral experience following the award of their PhD. Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service, and Voluntary Service Overseas can be discounted, but teaching experience and/or time spent in industry since the award of a PhD should amount to no more than 96 months.

Candidates must demonstrate experience sufficient to confirm their ability to complete the proposed programme of work. 

The University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for any candidate who does not have the right to work in the UK.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

  • An outstanding track record of research including high-quality publications, research funding and/or prizes and awards
  • Evidence of a growing reputation, both nationally and internationally
  • An aptitude to lead and inspire others within the research team and institution more broadly
  • Potential to act as an ambassador in their research field and more widely

Part-time appointments will be considered on a pro-rata basis.  

Individuals who have been promised or already have a permanent position are considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already and will not be eligible.

What's included?

Each fellowship offers:

  • Three years' independent funding, normally starting October 2016, to conduct research while based at the University of Nottingham.
  • Competitive salary between £28,695 and £45,954 (Level 4 or 5 R&T) dependent on experience.
  • The linking of the Fellowship to an indefinite academic post, subject to performance against a high-quality threshold and the continued right to work in the UK. 
  • The opportunity to apply for additional funding for research expenses up to £25,000 per annum.
  • Additional childcare costs of up to £5,000 per annum where appropriate.
  • Relocation expenses of up to £1500.
  • The opportunity to spend periods of time at University of Nottingham campuses in Malaysia and China.
  • Participation in a mentoring scheme and career development programme.


How to apply

The application process for this scheme is a four-stage process.

  1. The first step requires candidates to make contact with the School or Department where they are interested in applying. This is to help ensure that Schools and Departments are able to support your Fellowship project
  2. The second stage is the submission of an Expression of Interest form (EOI), which provides a brief outline of the proposed project and details about the applicant. Forms must be submitted to the named contact in the host School or Department. The deadline for expressions of interest to be submitted is 26 October 2015.
  3. Following review of the expression of interest submissions, short-listed applicants will be invited submit a full application. The deadline for full applications to be submitted to Catherine Jew is 8 January 2016.
  4. Candidates will be notified regarding invitations to attend an interview in late February 2016.

Contact information

For further general information about the scheme or the application process, please contact Catherine Jew by email or on +44 (0)115 84 67107.

It is recommended that candidates discuss their proposed EOI with the Head of the School/Department that would host their Fellowship, should their application be successful.

When submitting an EOI to the Head of School/Department, please mark your email ‘Name - NRF Expression of Interest submission’.

Each participating School has nominated a lead academic to act as the contact point for applicants.

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