Details of some of the major schemes for postdoctoral research funding are given below. All potential applicants should check the funders’ guidelines and eligibility criteria before contacting a potential mentor in the Faculty or the Research Facilitator. The schemes below award a full-time salary or stipend for a two or three year period. Alternative post-doctoral positions may arise, normally funded by research project grants held by members of the Faculty. These will be advertised on the Faculty vacancies page, on the University's vacancies pages and on www.jobs.ac.uk
Many of these funding schemes are open to researchers who are currently outside Oxford or the UK, but who would like to come to Oxford for the period of the fellowship. In all cases the application to the research funder must be approved by the Law Faculty and the University of Oxford, and so if interested in one of these schemes, please read the information below or contact the Law Faculty Research Facilitator, Karen Eveleigh.
Please note that faculty members may receive lots of requests for supervision and may not be able to respond immediately so potential applicants should always allow plenty of time to discuss research proposals.
British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship
This scheme provides full funding for a three year full-time fellowship. Applicants must be within three years of the award of their doctorate and they must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university, or have a strong prior association with the UK academic community. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research.
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship
This scheme provides funding for a full time three-year fellowship for early career researchers (not more than 5 years from their PhD date) with a proven track record of research. The Trust pays for 50% of the fellow’s costs and the balance is paid by the host institution. It is therefore likely that the Law Faculty will support a limited number of these applications each year. Applicants must either hold a degree from a UK higher education institution or hold a fixed term academic position in the UK.
The next deadline is likely to be March 2017. The Faculty is likely to select a small number of applications that it will support to apply to this round. This is an annual scheme. If interested, please contact Karen Eveleigh in November 2016 for the next deadline of March 2017. Successful applicants would start their fellowship between September 2017 and May 2018.
ESRC Future Research Leaders
This scheme is currently under reivew and it is not clear that it will continue.
This was for researchers who have a maximum of 4 years post-doctoral experience and who were based inside or outside the UK, but who wished to come to Oxford for the period of the grant.
The last call for applications had a deadline of September 2015. Awards were for a maximum of 3 years and the ESRC expected to fund up to 40 awards.
In the last call there were 2 funding limits. For those who submitted their PhD within 2 years of the deadline, there was a funding limit of £230,000 (at 100% FEC) and the ESRC would fund 80% of the researcher’s salary. For those who submitted their PhD 2 to 4 years from the deadline, there was a funding limit of £186,000 (at 100% FEC) and the ESRC would fund 40% of the researcher’s salary. Since the ESRC will only fund part of the total costs, the Law Faculty was only be able to support a limited number of applications to this scheme each year.
For more information read the ESRC Future Research Leader guidelines.
Newton International Fellowship
This fellowship scheme accepts applications from post-doctoral researchers across all disciplines of physical, natural and social sciences, and the humanities from around the world. Applicants should be working outside the UK and should not hold UK citizenship at the time of application.
The next deadline for this fellowship is likely to be April 2016. If interested, please contact Karen Eveleigh before early February 2016. Successful applicants would start their fellowship in January 2017.
For more information read the Newton International Fellowship guidelines.
Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions European Fellowships
These are for researchers from other countries within or outside Europe to come to Oxford for two years. The scheme provides full salary plus a research allowance. Applicants should have a PhD or have completed at least 4 years of research experience after a degree which would have entitled them to study for a PhD. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to the deadline. There are no restrictions on nationality.
The next deadline is 14 September 2016. If interested in applying for this opportunity, please contact Karen Eveleigh before mid July.
For more on the Faculty pages about the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions including the Faculty processes and internal deadlines, read more on the University pages, or go directly to the funder's guidelines.