Early Career Fellowships and Awards in the Arts and Humanities

Early Career Fellowships and Awards in the Arts and Humanities

The School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History is keen to support outstanding candidates in a number of externally funded research fellowship schemes.

We welcome expressions of interest from high quality early-career candidates whose research interests align with those of academics in the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History at the University of Aberdeen, and who have checked their eligibility for the below schemes, which are advertised annually.

For any informal enquiries please contact School Director of Research Prof. Jesper Kallestrup or School’s Research Development Executive Dr Sabine Freitag.

Funder Scheme Opening/ Closing Date Triage Process

The British Academy

Post-Doctoral Fellowship July 2024 (tbc) School level – details below
International Fellowship

closed for 2024


Wellcome Trust

Early-Career Awards

February 2024/ 21 May 2024

School level - tbc

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Catalyst Award

Open/ Deadline 30 April 2024 (round 4 opening 1 May 2024)

School level - tbc (further details below)

UKRI (cap of 4)

Future Leaders Fellowship Round 9

Closed for Expression of Interest

UoA – further details here

European Research Council

Starter Grant



Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

Opening on 9th April 2024



British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024/25

The School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History (DHPA) at the University of Aberdeen invites applications from prospective applicants to the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme.

The British Academy 2024-25 competition is expected to open for applications in July, with a deadline for receipt of applications expected in October 2024 (dates tbc). Full details of the scheme are given on the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships webpages.

Candidates must be within three years of the award of their doctorate, and must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed their doctorate at a UK university. Applications are expected to have completed their viva voce between 1 April 2022 and 1 April 2025 (tbc).  If you are interested in applying, you must first check that you meet the British Academy’s eligibility criteria which can be found on their webpages.

Each year the School supports a number of applications for projects in all our subject areas and successful applicants will join a vibrant community of postdoctoral research fellows. The University of Aberdeen is fully committed to supporting the scholarship and career development of our fellows, and each will be assigned an academic mentor and will be fully integrated into the life of the School.

For more information about research in the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History at the University of Aberdeen, see: The School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History | The University of Aberdeen (abdn.ac.uk). The School welcomes interdisciplinary research proposals, particularly within the University of Aberdeen’s 2040 Interdisciplinary Challenge Areas, more details on these can be found here.

Applicants who would like to be hosted by the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History at the University of Aberdeen must submit an outline proposal (Intention proforma, Abstract, and CV) to the School’s Research Development Executive, Dr Sabine Freitag by 5 pm on Monday 21 June 2024, using the forms available to download below:

If you would like to be considered, you are strongly advised to contact your proposed departmental mentor before submitting your proposal. If you cannot yet identify a potential mentor, advice can be sought from Prof Jesper Kallestrup, School Director of Research, and Dr Sabine Freitag, Research Development Executive, who can advise you as to how to proceed and best make use of the support available. You can also review academic staff profiles and research interests on the School’s webpage.

The competition for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The outline stage is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria. The second stage is invitation only.  You can only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply, so it is important to consider if this is the optimal time for any particular individual to apply.


21 june 2024 Closing date for submission of outline proposals to the School
24 June – 5 July 2024 A School review panel will undertake their review of applications and inform all candidates of the outcome of the decision.
8 July – 21 September 2023 The selected candidate(s) will be invited to work on their final proposal(s) for submission to the British Academy with support from the School and colleagues from Research & Innovation.
End September 2024 UoA deadline to submit full application(s) for institutional approval via the University’s Research Award Management system, Worktribe.
End September 2024 UoA deadline for candidate(s) to submit full application(s) for institutional approval via the British Academy’s grant management system, FlexiGrant.
Early October 2024 (tbc) British Academy deadline for outline applications to the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.

Due to the volumes of expressions of interest, the School panel cannot guarantee that feedback will be provided to unsuccessful candidates.

Please note, that the AHRC will be making changes to their responsive mode funding opportunities through 2023 with the aim of providing greater flexibility and better alignment to the needs of researchers and their research ambitions.

The changes will also embed the principles of the Researcher Development Concordat and UKRI Technician Commitment. Further information on the changes can be found at Changes to AHRC responsive mode funding opportunities in 2023 – UKRI

AHRC Responsive Mode: Catalyst Award: round 3

Deadline: 4:00 pm 30 January 2024 (Round 4 to be opened 1 May and close on 29 July 2024)

Awards to support researchers without prior experience of leading a significant research project to accelerate their trajectory as independent researchers, to unlock their potential and build leadership and convenor experience.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for AHRC funding. The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £300,000. AHRC will fund 80% of the FEC. Funding is for projects up to five years in duration.

The timeline for opening and closing of rounds can be accessed here. Further details on the scheme can be found here

Funding: Up to £100,000 - £300,000