Independent fellowship opportunities

The School of Divinity is happy to hear from researchers interested in holding externally funded fellowships at the University of St Andrews. 

The School is an inspiring setting for independent research. It offers support and collaboration clustered around several research seminars and ongoing projects. Together with the University, the School also supports the professional development of its researchers through tailored programmes and networks.

To express an interest in a funding scheme, the first step is to contact a potential mentor at St Andrews (see our staff list), and seek their support for your application. Once you have received their support in principle, please contact the Director of Research, by emailing, enclosing a CV and a separate outline of your proposed research interests and area (two pages).

For certain schemes, there is an internal selection process either within the School of Divinity or within the University. Information about the internal application processes for those schemes is below. When assessing your expression of interest for support, the School considers:

  • your track record
  • the research that you propose to carry out and where that fits within the School strategy
  • your career stage, experience and why you would benefit from this fellowship at this stage in your career.

As part of its policy, the School actively promotes the fair treatment of all staff and students irrespective of sex, sexual orientation, age, race, belief, disability, pregnancy and maternity or relationship status.

Fellowship schemes 

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships: our internal deadline for preliminary applications is 5pm on 18 November 2022. Applicants should submit a draft of their Leverhulme application form, including the sections listed in: Divinity Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships application process 2022 (PDF)

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships: for candidates who wish to be supported by the School of Divinity in the 2022-23 competition, our internal deadline is 4pm on 9 September 2022. Applicants should submit an expression of interest form (see link below), and ask their proposed mentors to send a brief email (not a full reference) by the same date. Divinity British Academy Expression of Interest 2022-2023 application form (Word)

Marie Curie independent fellowships: internal deadline is 4pm on 9 September 2022. Submit a draft proposal (without the ‘institutional’ sections).