Post-doctoral fellowship visitor scheme

An opportunity for recent PhD graduates to work with our members of staff in the Information School to develop a post-doctoral fellowship application.


The Information School, University of Sheffield, has invited recent PhD graduates to visit Sheffield for a week in April or June/July 2020 to work closely with members of staff to develop a post-doctoral fellowship application, targeting one of the funded fellowship schemes offered by Leverhulme, British Academy, Royal Society, ESRC WRDTP, or any other that you identify.

The Information School is making available a bursary of up to £1,000 for travel, accommodation and subsistence to enable an excellent researcher to come to Sheffield for a week to work with our staff to develop a fellowship application.

The week in Sheffield will give the successful researcher the opportunity to present their research to staff and work intensively on a fellowship application with an Information School mentor.

About the Information School

The Information School is ranked Number 1 in Europe and second in the World for Library and Information Management through the QS World Rankings and is recognised for its world-class research, excellence in teaching, and the achievements of its graduates.

It is the leader in its field in the UK, achieving top-ranking positions for research environment and research impact in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and ranked top in all previous national Research Assessment Exercises.

It is a member of the international iSchools organisation, a group of leading cognate schools established to promote the role of the information field in shaping the future of the global information society.

How to apply

To apply, send us a two-page CV and a two-page research proposal, in minimum 12 font, (with title, introduction and justification and proposed method).

In your covering letter identify a suitable mentor from among Information School staff and state which fellowship scheme you intend to apply for, explaining how you meet their criteria.

Criteria of selection

  • Academic excellence, including recently completed PhD and an emergent publication record (with preferably at least one good quality journal article already published)
  • Fit to the School and specific staff interests
  • Quality of the research idea
  • Eligibility (the schemes above have differing eligibility criteria)

Closing date

Applications closed on 1st May 2020.


Contact Dr Andrew Cox, Director of Research, on

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