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Post-Doc and Research Fellows in Politics and International Relations

The School of Politics and International Relations welcomes independently-funded Post-Doc and research fellows who would like to work with our staff on areas of mutual research interest. For details on our main areas of research, see here. Any potential applicants for the various fellowship schemes should contact the Research Manager, in the first instance, with any enquiries.

Independently-funded Post-Docs and Research Fellows

Various external sources, such as the British Academy or Leverhulme Trust, provide funding for post-doc and other research fellowships. Applicants apply directly to the funder, but will receive support from staff in the School in making the application. Potential applicants should contact the Research Manager, in the first instance. The Research Manger will provide assistance with the application (on costings, etc…) and also consult other members of academic staff with relevant expertise in the applicant’s research area. In order to make full use of the support offered, applicants should make initial contact with the Research Manager at least six weeks before any funding deadline. As with all funding schemes, applications will need to be passed to the Head of School for approval. It is therefore expected that applicants will submit a finalised application to the School at least two weeks in advance of any advertised funding deadline. With certain funding agencies, we ask for expressions of interest (i.e. partially-completed applications) in advance - details on how to apply via this route are linked to below and posted on and EURAXESS.

Further Information

For more information on current and future funding opportunities, see the following links:

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships – The 2018 round is now open. If you are interested in applying for a Fellowship based at SPIR, please see online for further details. We welcome expressions of interest from candidates working in the following areas: European Politics and Public Policy; International Relations; Global Governance, Development and Security; British Politics; Political Theory. Applicants should submit a CV and Research Proposal (1000 words maximum) to SPIR internal closing date for Expressions of Interest is 30 November 2017, for review and feedback from the School. Applicants will then be notified as to whether the School would support a full application for the Fellowship.

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP is inviting applications for four ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to be based at any of our partner institutions one of which is Queen Mary University of London. These fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form and upload the required attachments (combined into one pdf document) by 16.00 on 23rd March 2018 via the King’s HireWire page.

ESRC New Investigator Grants. The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of SPIR. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. You can submit proposals at any time, there are no fixed closing dates, but please keep general timelines outlined above in mind when planning your application.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships call currently closed. Opens Summer 2018 with a likely deadline of early October 2018.

Newton International Fellowships call currently closed. Opens January 2018.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships - call currently closed. Expected to open in summer 2018.

Independent Social Research Foundation - No calls currently open. Expected to open in January 2019.

Contact Information

If you are interested in applying for any of the above, please contact the Research Manager, Lisa Pilgram, at or on +44 (0)20 7882 5829.

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