Fellowships in Psychology

The Department of Psychology is renowned for cutting edge research related to cognitive and developmental psychology, neuroscience, clinical psychology, and social and health psychology. We are committed to the training of the next generation of researchers and are seeking outstanding candidates wishing to launch their independent research careers by successful applications for independent research fellowships (IRFs) to funding agencies including ESRC, The Leverhulme Trust, MRC, The Wellcome Trust, British Academy, and The Royal Society.

We invite outstanding researchers who either hold, or intend to apply for, an Independent Fellowship to visit and discuss their future career paths. After the visit we will mentor and assist selected applicants in submitting their Fellowship applications. Proposals will be considered in any aspect of psychological research related to work already ongoing in the department with the potential to generate novel insights into fundamental problems.

We encourage a highly collaborative spirit between research groups in a supportive and helpful environment (rated 87.5% world leading, 12.5% internationally excellent in REF2014) in which we work hard to mentor young scientists through their early career. Many of our current staff began their careers in our department through the Independent Research Fellows career route. Applicants will join a dynamic research environment with excellent research infrastructure and will share the same status as existing academic staff.

For enquiries, please contact Professor Richard Rowe or an appropriate member of our academic team.

Fellowship Case Studies

Dr Clare Howarth

Sir Henry Dale Fellow

Dr Clare Howarth

Clare Howarth is a Sir Henry Dale Research Fellow. Her research focuses on understanding how the brain’s blood flow is controlled in order to maintain brain function. Clare has previously discovered a novel mechanism of brain blood flow control acting at the capillary level, and also demonstrated a novel role for astrocytes in regulating hypercapnic vasodilation.

In Sheffield, Clare’s lab combines multiphoton microscopy, optical imaging spectroscopy and electrophysiology to interrogate the relationship between neuronal activity and evoked blood flow changes, and how that relationship alters in conditions such as aging.

Dr Megan Freeth

ESRC, Leverhulme trust


Megan Freeth conducted an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Psychology department at Sheffield. She came to Sheffield to establish new research collaborations, develop her eye-tracking research and learn to conduct EEG research under the guidance of Dr Elizabeth Milne.

During her fellowships Megan furthered understanding of the real world social attention processes in autism, investigated the role that autistic and social anxiety traits play in social attention mechanisms and also investigated the neural basis of attention. Following her fellowships Megan moved on to a permanent lectureship in the department.