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Postdoctoral opportunities

Edinburgh Law School welcomes enquiries from prospective applicants to postdoctoral fellowship schemes.

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Postdoctoral and early career researchers are an integral part of the Law School community and play a full and valuable role in the life of the School. The School provides mentorship, training and networking opportunities, an annual research allowance and a collegiate and welcoming environment.

The School has significant experience of supporting early career researchers in developing successful funding applications so we encourage you to contact us early so that we can provide as much support as possible.

Fellowship Schemes

A number of postdoctoral fellowships are available and an overview is provided below. Each fellowship scheme has different aims, eligibility criteria and application requirements so please read the guidance carefully to ensure you are a suitable fit.

This scheme provides funding for 36 months to enable Fellows to pursue an independent research project and publish a significant piece of research. Applicants must be within three years of their PhD viva and should be UK or EEA nationals or have a PhD from a UK university.

Deadline and application process: the deadline for this scheme has now passed. If you wish to register your interest for next year’s competition please email  

Funder website: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme aims to support researchers at the start of their careers to become independent researchers through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Applicants should be early career researchers who have a proven track record of excellent published research (relative to their career stage).

Deadline and application process: there is no deadline for this scheme but if you are interested in applying please contact the Edinburgh Law School Research Office at to register your interest. You must provide an abbreviated CV and a brief research proposal (max 2 pages each).

Funder website: ESRC New Investigator Grants

This fellowship aims to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers but who have a proven track record of excellent research.

Deadline and application process: the University of Edinburgh sets a limit on the number of applications that Schools can submit to this scheme and an internal competition is therefore necessary to enable us to shortlist candidates. If you wish to be considered for this fellowship, please submit an abbreviated CV and research proposal outline (max 2 pages each) as well as a brief description of why you wish to be hosted by Edinburgh Law School to by 15th November 2021. Shortlisted applications will then receive support and guidance through to the full and final submission for the funder deadline of 24th February 2022.

Funder website: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

This scheme supports early career researchers moving abroad to work on cutting-edge research projects that will make an original and significant contribution to their research field. Applicants should have a doctoral degree and a maximum of eight years’ experience in research from the date of the doctoral award. UK applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the 36 months immediately before the call deadline.

Deadline and application process: the internal deadline for this scheme has now passed. Please contact if you wish to register your interest for the next competition.

Funder website: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

This is an international mobility fellowship and is open to researchers from outside of the UK – applicants should not hold UK citizenship or be currently working in the UK. Applicants should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application.

Deadline and application process: the internal deadline for this scheme has now passed. Please contact if you wish to register your interest for the next competition.

Funder website: Newton International Fellowships