University of Liverpool Research Fellowship application process

We are delighted that you are considering applying for our Fellowship scheme. We hope that the information here will guide you through the application process and what happens once your application is submitted.

The application deadline for the University of Liverpool Research fellowships 2023/24 cohort has now passed. We thank you for your interest and encourage you to revisit our website next year when we are seeking new applicants for 2024/25.

Application documents

Please read this information carefully. There are four separate documents which will form your application to our Research Fellowship Scheme:

  • An application form
  • A Narrative CV
  • An anonymous Motivation Statement
  • A Research Programme Summary

We have provided templates for these documents along with the job description on the e-recruitment site.  More information and guidance on what to include in each document is available on our jobs page. Wherever possible you should try and avoid duplicating information in the documents.  These have been structured to allow you to focus on different aspects: your motivation, potential and experience.

The Motivation Statement will be reviewed anonymously and separately to the rest of your application documents.  This statement carries a weighting of 25%.

Together the Narrative CV and Research Programme Summary carry a weighting of 75%.

N.B. We do have other fellowship schemes available at the University, but the application processes are separate and currently run to different application timelines. As a consequence, our other fellowship schemes might not be open for applications at this point in time, but you are welcome to apply to any of the schemes if they have an open call.

E-recruitment System

You will be required to set up an account on our e-recruitment system, which you can do here. Please complete and attach each document to your application form.

The selection process

We are looking for early career researchers who can demonstrate the potential to be academic stars of the future. We are deliberately not limiting our search to specific disciplines - if you can help us achieve our vision to deliver ground-breaking research, we would be delighted to receive your application. If you already hold a personal fellowship you are also welcome to apply for a fellowship, but it is not a requirement for appointment.


The short-listing process consists of:

  • a review of your application documents by a short-listing panel (noting that the Motivation Statement will be reviewed anonymously),
  • an internal peer review process which will specifically focus on your Research Programme Summary

Candidate presentation

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to give an online presentation (via MSTeams/Zoom) of their research programme proposal to a group which will include the relevant Dean, Head of Department and subject experts.

Formal interview at the University of Liverpool

The final shortlist of candidates will be invited to attend an interview at the University.  During this visit, candidates will be given the opportunity to meet members of staff and tour the department and its facilities.


The timings of the presentations and interviews are still to be confirmed but it is envisaged that the selection process will be concluded by the end of December 2023. 


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