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Independent postdoctoral fellowship opportunities

The School of History offers a supportive and collaborative environment for early career scholars to develop their research careers. A prestigious independent fellowship offers scholars the chance to develop their research profile and become a research leader. The School is keen to support fellowship applications from outstanding individuals for independent fellowships.

If you are interested in any of these schemes, the first step is to contact a potential mentor at St Andrews (see our staff list), and seek their support of your application. Your mentor will then be able to guide you through the process of securing the necessary ‘letter of support’ or ‘invitation letter’ from the School in conjunction with the Director of Research.

Queries and applications can be directed to the Director of Research by emailing

For certain schemes, there is an internal selection process either within the School of History, or within the School and the University. Information about deadlines 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. The School of History holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and encourages expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates of any self-identifying group.

Fellowship schemes

There is currently no internal deadline for Wellcome Trust: contact your potential mentor.