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University of Liverpool Virtual Fellowships

We are delighted to offer researchers at select partner universities an opportunity to apply for one of University in Liverpool’s Virtual Fellowships.

Please note: this scheme is currently closed and the details below are for information only until the scheme re-opens for the next round of applications.

The Fellowships are open to researchers working in the field of heritage and are open to early career as well as established researchers.

The Fellowships provide an opportunity for selected candidates to gain collaborative research experience in an international research environment with the aim of publishing or co-publishing a specific piece of research in an international journal or equivalent venue and fostering long-term collaboration.

The Fellowships are fully online and travel to the UK is not required.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate virtually with a research group or designated individuals at the University of Liverpool.

The Fellowship will offer:

  • one to one research mentoring, including support in analytical and interpretive methods in heritage research: this will be delivered at a distance through zoom or similar platforms
  • relief from teaching and other duties to pursue the completion and write-up of a piece of research for publication
  • access to online research resources and training including GIS training; Photogrammetry; AutoCAD and visualisation (3D Max); 3D scanning; Fieldwork/ documentation methods support and guidance with academic writing in English
  • opportunities for research collaboration through “virtual” participation in relevant research group activities in Liverpool.

Information for applicants

Firstly, think about the project you want to work on and what you want to achieve from the Fellowship.

You will then need to identify and contact a current/ potential collaborator or mentor at University of Liverpool to establish whether they will support your application and provide mentorship for the duration of the project. Details of University of Liverpool’s Heritage research is available here. 

As part of the application, you will need to provide a research proposal setting out what specifically you hope to achieve including;

  • a clear description of the piece of research you aim to complete with clear research outcomes;
  • an indication of the type of publication that you envisage targeting for this research;
  • details of specific training needs and/or specialist resources you would require access to;
  • to meet our funder requirements, you will add an ODA compliance statement (this will be developed in partnership with your proposed host).

We expect the proposal to explain how the Fellowship and the publication aimed to emerge from it will

  • enhance your career prospects
  • add value at an individual and institutional level
  • contribute to sustainability for longer term research plans beyond the period of the fellowship

You will also need to provide additional supporting documentation:

  • A brief CV/resume including evidence of your research/ professional interests and career
  • to date, including key publications
  • A statement of support from your home institution. This should include comments about your standing in your particular field; the quality and recognition of your work and proposed research project; as well as how you would contribute to and benefit from being part of the Liverpool academic community
  • A statement of support from the proposed Liverpool host/mentor.

Read more about the Virtual Fellowship in this document.

Your details and all related documentation should be completed and uploaded on the application platform here.

If you have any questions about the Fellowships or have any difficulty accessing the application form, please email Claire Kidman at the University of Liverpool, International Development Office:

Deadline for applications: 16 October 2020.

Information for Liverpool hosts/mentors

Please help to promote the scheme to your contacts/ potential applicants. As a host/mentor you will need to write a statement of support as part of the application process and commit to a minimum of 1 mentoring support per week for the duration of the Fellowship (typically 3 months).

The Fellowships are funded through GCRF and require an ODA compliance statement to be prepared. This should be drafted in partnership with the prospective Fellow as part of the application.

Participating partners

Applications are welcome from researchers at one of the following institutions:

  • Beirut Arab University
  • Hacettepe University
  • Mysore School of Architecture
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Nazarbayev University
  • University of Ghana
  • University of Mosul
  • Yarmouk Private University, Syria

Additional details

Heritage Research at University of Liverpool

Heritage is one of the Universityof Liverpool's institutional research themes. At the University, we believe a better understanding of the past helps create a more prosperous, fairer and healthier world for everyone. Our unique cross-fertilisation of research from the humanities and sciences across areas such as archaeology, architecture, material sciences, planning and sociology means we can use the lessons from history to solve the problems of today.

Through traditional archival and oral histories as well as cutting-edge architectural and archaeological research, our researchers are extending the boundaries of existing knowledge and redefining what we understand by ‘heritage’. Our use of digital tools and archives is broadening research of, and engagement with, a range of subjects across the humanities and sciences. We work extensively with partners around the world – from heritage site management in the Middle East through to issues related to human trafficking in West Africa.

Full details of the research theme, associated projects and collaborations are available here.

We also have a number of Heritage sub-themes, they are:

  • Heritage & Wellbeing
  • Heritage & Resilience
  • Heritage & New Materials
  • Difficult Histories
  • Digital Heritage

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