Post-Doctoral Opportunities

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 the 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 SEAS Manager, Mark Steele (m.steele@sheffield.ac.uk) to enquire about current opportunities. Please include the following information:

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

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 Research & Innovation Services webpage.

ESRC Future Research Leaders Scheme (FRLs)

ESRC Future Research Leaders funds the 4* researchers of the future to undertake to carry out excellent research projects and to develop all aspects of their research and knowledge exchange skills.

ERC Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants are aimed at researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD (or equivalent degree) and scientific track record showing great promise. They aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Competition (ECFs)

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 (within 5 years of PhD, and not yet holding full academic post) but with a proven record of research. Find out more

FP7: Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development (IEFs)

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEFs) support the career development of researchers at different stages of their careers by funding a period of research at an overseas research institution. The awards are 12-24 months in duration and eligible researchers must: (i) hold a PhD or have four years postgraduate research experience; (ii) be citizens of an EU member State (or Associated State) other then the UK; and (iii) must not have worked full-time at a UK Higher Education Institution in the past three years (temporary periods of employment, such as research visits, amounting to no more than 12 months are however acceptable under the IEF rules). 

FP7: Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships (IIFs)

Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IIFs) support the career development of researchers at different stages of their careers by funding a period of research at an overseas research institution. The awards are 12-24 months in duration and eligible researchers must: (i) hold a PhD or have four years postgraduate research experience; (ii) be moving from a ‘third’ country (outside of the EU and Associated Countries); and (iii) must not have worked full-time at a UK Higher Education Institution in the past three years (temporary periods of employment, such as research visits, amounting to no more than 12 months are however acceptable under the IIF rules).

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDFs)

The British Academy’s PDF scheme funds outstanding early career researcher research projects to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment and to improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts at the end of the project. For further information, please see: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm