Postdoctoral Bursaries, University of Nottingham, School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Deadline 25 November 2019. 

Applications are invited for the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies (University of Nottingham) Postdoctoral Bursaries for postgraduates whose PhDs have been examined with a result of pass, or pass with minor amendments, since September 2018, and whose work complements any area of research in the School. Preference maybe given to proposals from candidates with an existing connection to Nottingham. 

Duration – The bursaries are tenable for six months. The bursaries will be available from 1 January 2020, with the latest end date of 31st July 2020. 

Research – This scheme is designed to give support to scholars in their early postdoctoral phase who are revising their theses for publication, but who have not yet obtained a full-time academic post; we shall also consider how the bursary will be deployed to enhance applicants’ chances in an application for a postdoctoral fellowship award from external funders such as the British Academy or Leverhulme. Recipients will be expected to produce a book manuscript of publishable quality or at least two substantial articles within 12 months of taking up the award. 

Amount of funding available. In academic year 2019-20, up to three awards of £9000 each will be made. Applicants are free to combine the award with other sources of income as long as this is compatible with the demands of the research and writing specified in the application. No teaching is required, but successful applicants may be able to supplement the bursary by contributing, by arrangement with the appropriate Head of subject area, to undergraduate teaching programmes. 

Successful applicants will have access to shared office space and facilities. Award holders will be welcomed into the School, provided with a research mentor, have access to library facilities and be supported by the Centre for Advanced Studies research development team with dedicated support for ECR grant development and for events and partnership working more widely. 

Successful applicants are expected to take part in the seminar programmes of the School, offering at least one paper. 

Award holders would have opportunities to participate in and to design seminars, workshops, colloquia, and to collaborate with colleagues working in similar research areas. 

How to apply – applicants should send their applications by email to with a subject line of CLAS Bursaries by 4pm 25 November 2019. Decisions will be made by 11 December 2019 if at all possible. 

Applications should include: 

Letter of application. Please give details of your current circumstances including an indication of any other sources of support you will have in the period of the bursary and any relevant commitments, and details of other sources of support you have applied for and the expected date of outcome. 

You should also include a Publication plan (max. 2 sides of A4, 11pt), including comment on the following 

– chapter outline or outline of articles 

– any proposed changes by comparison with the thesis 

– proposed publisher(s) or journal(s) 

– potential readership 

– details of similar studies already available 

– timetable 

Curriculum Vitae. Please give evidence of your education and qualifications, career to date, publications and other outputs. 

A reference from your supervisor together with the full Examiners’ Report. 

Should you or your internal nominator wish to discuss your application informally please contact the relevant Director of Research (Graham Thompson for American and Canadian Studies; Helen Kennedy for Cultural, Media and Visual Studies; Adam Sharman for Modern Languages and Cultures). 

In assessing applications the awarding committee will consider in particular the following criteria: 

• The scholarly value of the projected monograph or articles, measured in terms of scope, intellectual rigour, and the extent and quality of the foundations it is likely to lay for future scholarship 

• Strength of the reference and examiners’ report in supporting the above claims 

Award of a Postdoctoral Bursary 

Feedback is not a feature of the scheme, and we are, regretfully, unable to enter into correspondence regarding the decisions of the awarding committee. Please note that by applying to this scheme, applicants undertake to accept the terms under which applications are assessed. 

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