Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about regarding fellowships at the University of Nottingham.
Why do I have to make contact with the School/Faculty before I submit an expression of interest?

We ask all potential applicants to make contact with the relevant School/Department before submitting an expression of interest for several reasons. It is important that you confirm that your research can be appropriately supported by the discipline at Nottingham and that the research you wish to undertake fits strategically with the priorities and plans of the School/Faculty.

Is there a maximum amount of post-doctoral experience expected?
This scheme is aimed at early career researchers, and candidates do not normally have more than 8 year’s postdoctoral experience.  However, there are no eligibility rules based on years of post-doctoral experience as this doesn’t allow for variations of career paths across disciplines.  Candidates will be assessed on their quality, potential and track record, relative to their career stage
Do I have to have been awarded my PhD to be able to apply?

Yes, you must have been awarded your PhD prior to the closing date for registering interest in the scheme (Friday 12th October)

Are master students eligible to apply?
No – you must have been awarded your PhD to apply
How do I apply?

You will need to complete the expression of interest form and discuss your research proposal with your proposed host school/faculty. 

Full details on how to applu are provided on the Nottingham Research Fellowships page
Do I need to submit a CV with my application?

Yes – submit your CV as part of the online application, alongside a short research proposal.  Please ensure that your CV includes your employment history, any gaps in employment history, and a list of publications.

What do I need to include in my research proposal, and is there a word limit?

Ensure you include the title of your proposed research, the nature of its aims, fit with the University’s Research Strategy and any planned outputs from the project. Please also include a section on your long term career aspirations and why you believe your career will benefit from the award of a Nottingham Research or Anne McLaren Fellowship.  Your proposal should be no more than 3 pages and should be uploaded as part of your application form.

Why do you ask for top 5 publications separately to the list of publications.

This provides you with a chance to highlight particularly significant publications and also allows for diverse career paths. Please list your top 5 publications (including citation details and DOI) in your career to date.

What is included in the Fellowship appointment?

The package includes three years’ salary on salary scale R&T 5 depending on experience, up to £25K additional research costs, up to £5k taxable childcare costs, and up to £1500 removal expenses. The Fellowship is linked to a permanent academic post subject to performance against a high-quality threshold, and the continued right to work in the UK. All fellows will participate in a mentoring scheme and have the opportunity to participate in a career development programme.

Can I hold a Nottingham Research Fellowship/Anne McLaren Fellowship in conjunction with another personal fellowship?

Yes, we strongly encourage applicants to source external funding to support their application.  This would need to be looked at on a case-by-case basis, to ensure it is within the terms and conditions of the second funder.  If you would like to discuss your circumstances further, please email

Are all Schools participating in the fellowship programmes?

Yes.  Some applications are at the Faculty level (Arts and Engineering), and some schools have identified strategic areas that they particularly welcome applications to.  Please discuss your research proposal with the school/faculty contact to ensure your strategic fit.

I am an academic in a clinical discipline where the academic pathway is different. Can I still apply?

Clinical Academics are encouraged to apply to the Anne McLaren Fellowships or the Nottingham Research Fellowships and there is recognition that for this staff group there are very specific challenges, namely that career progression is linked to professional accreditation as a Consultant and the co-funding of any post with the NHS Trust.  The School of Medicine plans to support successful Clinical Fellows strongly at the conclusion of their Fellowship, but it is not necessarily able to guarantee a permanent position following the Fellowship. 

Will I be expected to teach?

The focus of the Nottingham Research Fellowships and Anne McLaren Fellowships is research. Teaching is not obligatory as part of the Fellowship programmes, but most fellows opt to undertake some teaching as part of their experience to support their integration into the School. Opting to teach also helps fellows to gain further experience of teaching prior to gaining a permanent academic position at Nottingham. However, when teaching is undertaken no fellow should have a total teaching commitment of more than six hours per week during term-time.  This threshold is in line with the expectations of most RCUK fellowship programmes.

Do I need to have a PGCHE?

No. We want research to be the primary focus of fellowships, but during the first year of your permanent academic post you will have the opportunity to complete a PGCHE.

I would need a visa for my fellowship. What do I do?

For successful candidates who require a visa to work in the UK, the University of Nottingham will act as sponsor for a Tier two visa application. In order to move onto a permanent academic contract, successful candidates will also require the right to work in the UK. 

Will I be expected to spend time at each of Nottingham’s campuses?

The University of Nottingham is very supportive of inter-campus mobility where it adds value to the research of the Fellow. However, there are disciplines in which the opportunities are more limited. Applicants are encouraged to find out about such opportunities in dialogue with their host school when preparing an Expression of Interest submission. For more information about The University of Nottingham’s campuses in Malaysia and China please see:

How competitive are the fellowships?

Very. Like all fellowship schemes, Nottingham receives a large number of high-quality applications for our schemes each year. This is why we strongly recommend that applicants communicate with the host school in advance of submitting your application.

I have submitted an Expression of Interest. What happens now?
The review of applications follows a competitive process. They are individually reviewed at both School and Faculty level with the best candidates identified against the criteria laid out on the Expression of Interest form. Each Faculty identifies the best applications and those candidates are then invited to submit a full application.
What is the success rate for applications to the scheme?
Because the scheme is a four stage process part of which is managed by Schools/Faculties, it is difficult to provide a straightforward success rate on our schemes.
Will I get feedback on my application?

Those who are unsuccessful at the:

  • Registration of interest stage will receive brief feedback from the School to which they have applied;
  • Full application stage will receive feedback from the shortlisting panel.
  • Interview stage will receive feedback from the interview panel. 
When will the results be known?
Please see the  timeline for recruitment. Those who are unsuccessful at any of the four stages of application will be notified as soon as possible after decisions have been taken.
Can I submit two different proposals?
In theory you can submit two different proposals, but it is not recommended because it may show a lack of focus in your research. A better approach is to focus on one key proposal.
Are candidates with a permanent position able to apply?

Candidates are not normally expected to have a permanent position, as they may be considered to have achieved the aims of the scheme already.  However, we do take into account diverse career paths and will assess eligibility on a case by case basis.  Please contact to discuss your situation if you are unsure.

Can I apply to both fellowship schemes?

Provided you meet the eligibility criteria for both schemes you can apply to both.  Please indicate this in the relevant box on the application form.  

Can I apply for the fellowships if I am based at another university?
Yes, the schemes are open to internal and external candidates
Can I apply to join more than one department?

Yes, it is possible to submit a cross disciplinary proposal, but you would need to have a base in one department, and because the fellowship is linked to a permanent academic post (subject to performance and the right to work in the UK) then you need to have commitment from one department to support you in a permanent position post fellowship.  The best approach is to have discussions with the key contacts in the schools where you think your research best fits, and through these discussions work out which would be the most appropriate host school.  

Do I need a letter of support from the school?

At this stage, you do not need a Head of School supporting statement – this is something we ask for at the full application stage.  However, you must discuss your research proposal with the named school contact.

Do you pay travel expenses?
Yes, if you are invited to interview, and within the bounds of the University interview expenses policy. If you are an overseas candidate selected for interview, we would require you to come to the UK for interview. However, we are able to provide travel, subsistence and accommodation expenses, within reason. These are normally restricted to approx. £600 for a flight, and one night of accommodation, but for long haul flights we can offer more on a case by case basis.
What is required for the full application?

The full application asks for additional details on your proposed research, including a work plan, justification of resources, and the proposed outputs from your research.  You will also need to provide information on the potential impact on your research and a personal statement.  Alongside this we require a supporting statement from the Head of School, and will ask you to suggest up to 3 external reviewers to peer review your proposal.  These are separate to personal referees.

May I apply to the Anne McLaren Fellowships and Nottingham Research Fellowships within the same application cycle?
May I re-apply to the Anne McLaren Fellowships or Nottingham Research Fellowships if I have applied previously and have been unsuccessful?

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