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Derby Fellowships

The Derby Fellowships are designed to recruit and nurture a new generation of outstanding and ambitious academic leaders.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a new prestigious 5-year Tenure Track Fellowship scheme.

The Derby Fellowships are focused on key areas within the Humanities and Social Sciences, leading to a permanent position, subject to performance against a high-quality threshold.

Introduced in 2018, Derby Fellowships are recruited to different subject and theme areas. Currently, there are Derby Fellows working across the Faculty on a range of research areas, including in Communications and Media, the Institute of Irish Studies, Sociology, Social Polict and Criminology and the Management School.

You can meet some of our current Derby Fellows here. 

Dr Cat Mahoney explains how her Derby Fellowship is helping her become a research leader.

Becoming a Derby Fellow

Candidates must have been awarded, or be about to be awarded their PhD prior to application. Applicants who have yet to be awarded their PhDs should normally be within three months of thesis submission at the time they take up their Fellowship.

Where applicants have worked part-time or have had career breaks, the window would be extended accordingly. Candidates already holding an externally-funded Fellowship are welcome to transfer to this scheme with the agreement of their funder.

The University of Liverpool hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to the principles of Athena SWAN and values equity and diversity across its workforce. We strive to ensure our workforce is representative of broader society and actively encourage applications from underrepresented minority group members, women, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

We are committed to ensuring support for individuals starting out in their career or returning to academia after a career break for family, caring or health reasons. Career breaks such as maternity leave, EU national service, and Voluntary Service Overseas will be accommodated in the eligibility criteria, but teaching experience and/or time spent in industry since the award of a PhD will be considered. The University of Liverpool will act as a sponsor for any candidate who does not have the right to work in the UK.

There is currently a vacancy available for a Derbyy Fellow (closing date 17 June). Full details and application process here.

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