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.
ESRC New Investigator Scheme
The New Investigator scheme aims to provide early career researchers with the opportunity to lead their first major research grant and gain experience of managing a research project and team.These grants replace the Future Research Leaders scheme.
The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded. Proposals are welcomed across the full disciplinary range of the social sciences and at the interface with the wider sciences, however the social sciences must represent at least 50 per cent of the research focus and effort.
You will be able to submit applications for this scheme at any time- there are no fixed closing dates.
Read more on the ESRC website about the new scheme.
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 March 2018. If interested, please contact Karen Eveleigh before early February 2018. Successful applicants would start their fellowship between October 2018 and March 2019.
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 14th September 2017. If interested in applying for this opportunity, please contact Karen Eveleigh before mid July.