Post-doctoral opportunities

Post-doctoral opportunities within the School of East Asian studies.


The School of East Asian Studies is keen to attract outstanding early career researchers through post-doctoral fellowships and grants. With its reputation for research excellence in arts, humanities and social sciences, and its renowned early career development opportunities, The University of Sheffield can offer an excellent environment for you to establish a research career.

Details of any schemes that may be able to fund your research project can be accessed by contacting the Faculty Research Hub Manager, Alex Goode ( or SEAS Manager, Mark Steele ( to enquire about current opportunities.

Please include the following information:

  • Details of your proposed mentor
  • One page project outline
  • Two-page research CV

The University runs internal competitions for most major postdoctoral schemes in order to select the strongest possible applicants. Details of the specific process for each scheme will be made available following your contact with the School. For further information on support that is available, please go to the Faculty Early Career Fellowships page.

Examples of potential schemes:

Visiting Postdoctoral Application Bursary Scheme

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme

Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship scheme

European Research Council Starting Investigator Grant

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Future Leaders Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships Internal Application Process 2020

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) aim 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 expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and the project put forward should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project.

  • Approximately 100 Fellowships will be available through the Leverhulme Trust in 2020
  • The Leverhulme Trust requires host institutions to fund at least 50% of the overall Fellowship cost
  • The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is able to support seven candidates to submit their applications to the Leverhulme Trust in 2020

If you are interested in applying, you must first check that you meet the Leverhulme Trust's eligibility criteria. These can be found here.

If you are eligible, and would like to apply to hold a Fellowship in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, please get in touch with the School Director of Research before 1 December 2020 to find out about the internal application process for the School. You will need to provide a short CV (2 pages maximum) and an expression of interest form, or any other documentation the School requires.

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