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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 of Liverpool’s Virtual Fellowships. Applications for the 2023 cohort are currently open until 31 January 2023.

The Fellowships are open to researchers working in the field of heritage and are open to early career as well as established researchers. We are looking for scholars who are working at Post-doctoral level that is those that have a PhD or equivalent experience. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from scholars who are still undertaking PhD study. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please feel free to contact us at

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.

We are particularly keen to see projects that:

  • embed partnership working and community collaboration within them and make explicit the community benefits
  • can demonstrate an outcome that has tangible impacts on shaping and improving lives
  • work towards meeting one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

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

What's included

Successful candidates will have the opportunity to collaborate virtually with designated individuals (e.g. academic mentors) and research groups at the University of Liverpool.

The Fellowship will offer:

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.

And you can hear about the projects from last year’s Fellows 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

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 comprising:

  • a brief CV/resume including evidence of your research/ professional interests and career, and a list of key publications to date
  • 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. We strongly encourage applicants to discuss their application with their home institution to ensure they are supported with time to undertake the fellowship.
  • a statement of support from the proposed Liverpool host/mentor

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

If you have any questions about the Fellowships please contact Professor Soumyen Bandyopadhyay ( or Dr Sarah Duffy ( for any academic/ heritage-related queries or the International Development Team if you have any problems with the application platform:

Applications for the 2023 cohort are currently open until 31 January 2023

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 3-6 months) .

Participating partners

Applications are welcome from researchers based at institutions with existing connections to University of Liverpool, including the partners listed below. If your institution has connections to Liverpool but is not included in the list, please email your contact at University of Liverpool to explore whether it is possible to make an application.

  • Academy of Albanological Studies, Albania
  • American University in Cairo
  • Beirut Arab University
  • Ecole Nationale d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme de Tunis (ENAU)
  • Hacettepe University
  • Mysore School of Architecture
  • National Institute of Advanced Studies
  • National University of San Marcos, Peru
  • Nazarbayev University
  • University of Ghana
  • Universidad Catolica de Chile
  • University of Mosul
  • University of Lagos
  • Yarmouk Private University, Syria
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University

Additional details

Heritage Research at University of Liverpool

Heritage is one of the University of 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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