Early Career Fellowships and Awards in the Arts and Humanities

The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture 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, and who have checked their eligibility for the below schemes.

  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-22
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2022
  • More schemes tbc shortly

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021/22

The British Academy opened the 2021-22 competition on 14 July 2021, with a deadline for receipt of applications on 14 October 2021. Full details of the scheme are given on the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships webpages. Each year the School supports a number of applications for projects in all our subject areas. These include: Celtic & Anglo-Saxon Studies; English Language & Literature; Linguistics; Modern Languages; Ethnology & Folklore; Film & Visual Culture; and Music. Applicants who would like to be hosted by the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture at the University of Aberdeen must submit an outline proposal (Intention proforma, Abstract, and CV) to the School’s Business Development Officer, Emma Morrison by 5 pm on Friday 27th August 2021, using the forms available to download below.

For more information on the scholarship, including eligibality criteria and application process, please see here.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2022

The Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowship scheme aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. These three-year Fellowships provide an exceptional opportunity to develop as an independent researcher, and will have a significant impact on future career trajectory. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable work during the tenure of the award, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

  • Approximately 145 Fellowships will be available through the Leverhulme Trust in 2022
  • A Fellowship must commence between 1 September 2022 and 1 May 2023; awards are tenable for 36 months
  • The Leverhulme Trust will contribute 100% of the Fellow’s total salary costs in Year 1 and 50% in Years 2 and 3, with the remaining balance to be contributed by the host institution
  • Each Fellow may request up to £6,000 per annum in research expenses to further his or her research activities.

If you are interested in applying, you must first check that you meet the Leverhulme Trust's eligibility criteria. These can be found here https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships.

If you are eligible, and would like to apply to hold a Fellowship in the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, please submit an outline proposal (Intention proforma, Abstract, and CV) to the School’s Business Development Officer, Emma Morrison by 5 pm on Monday 1st November 2021, 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 Professor Catherine  Jones, School Director of Research, and Ms Emma Morrison, Business Development Officer, 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.


01 November 2021

Closing date for submission of outline proposals to the School.

01 – 11 November 2021

A School review panel will undertake their review of applications and inform all candidates of the outcome of the decision.

12 November 2021 –16 February 2022

The selected candidate(s) will be invited to work on their final proposals for submission to the Leverhulme Trust with support from the School and colleagues from Research & Innovation.

17 February 2022

UoA deadline for completion of final applications (and deadline to submit applications for institutional approval via Worktribe)

4 pm 24 February 2022

Leverhulme Trust deadline for applications to the Early Career Fellowship scheme.


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