Birmingham Research Fellowships

The University of Birmingham is committed to attracting the brightest and the best from around the world to develop their academic careers at Birmingham as Birmingham Fellows.

Professor Malcolm Press, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer "This is an outstanding opportunity for early career researchers to join a vibrant intellectual environment where they will be able to fulfil their potential to become research leaders of the future"

We are seeking to recruit a fourth cohort of the same world-leading calibre Birmingham Fellows.

Birmingham Fellows will be appointed to a permanent academic post, normally at Lecturer grade (entry level academic career grade); although in exceptional cases appointments may be made at a higher grade.

What are the priority areas?

What you can expect

The Birmingham Fellows will have 5 years with protected time for high-quality research. This will allow outstanding, high potential, early-career researchers of any age to establish themselves as rounded academics who will go on to make a full and excellent contribution to research, teaching and academic citizenship. Birmingham Fellows will also develop their teaching experience, including PhD supervision, although the balance of these responsibilities within the role will vary within each college and discipline. Fellows will not be expected to contribute substantively to academic administration during the term of their Fellowship, although they will be expected to engage as part of the academic community.  Humanities led disciplines will incorporate a phased programme of study leave with protected research time built-in alongside administrative and teaching duties.


Fellows will receive a start-up package to support the development of their research, an academic mentor, and development support in both research and teaching. Fellows will be part of the Birmingham Fellows cohort, which will provide them a University-wide network and an additional source of support and mentoring.

It is intended that Birmingham Fellows will enhance the University’s existing academic strengths and contribute to the growing culture of collaboration and interdisciplinarity that exists at the University.  We have identified 25 priority areas representing clusters of existing excellence at Birmingham and we welcome applications from candidates who feel their research fits within these areas.


Applications are welcome from candidates from the UK and abroad. Candidates must have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent terminal degree) by 20 March 2015. Candidates should be on a trajectory to become principal investigators and research leaders. Their publication record must be such that there is already clear evidence of outputs that are at least internationally excellent, if not world-leading, in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Applications from candidates who have won funded external fellowships which they would bring to Birmingham are particularly welcome. Such candidates will be fast-tracked for interview. If offered a Birmingham Fellowship, they would be eligible for the full package of support during the term of their fellowship. Candidates who believe they might be eligible for fast-track consideration should contact us directly on so we can assess their suitability for this process.

Candidates will be asked to complete our online application form, to submit a 3 page research proposal outlining key achievements so far, what research they will undertake and what the outcomes will be, as well as upload a CV, highlighting their top 5 publications.

Applications must be received by midnight on 20 March 2015. Short-listed candidates will be invited to interview during the week commencing 18 May 2015. Start dates will be subject to negotiation but in principle could be at any date subsequent from interview.