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The University of Manchester Presidential Fellowships

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At The University of Manchester, we have been helping brilliant minds to tackle global challenges since 1824. All nationalities, all genders and all disciplines are welcomed to our inclusive, diverse campus to tackle the world’s biggest questions.

Join us and we’ll give you the support, facilities and international platform to fulfil your potential.

We’re inviting the brightest academic talent to apply for The University of Manchester Presidential Fellowships.

We’re interested in early-career academics who can deliver world-leading research and teaching, and become the inspiring leaders of the future.

Applicants should have a high academic standing, a growing reputation in research, and the specialist knowledge needed to develop exemplary research programmes and methodologies.

We recognise that as an early-career academic, it can be challenging to get the dedicated time and resource to gain research independence. We seek to bridge this gap by providing awards for outstanding researchers – the brightest future leaders.

We offer:

  • a highly competitive salary
  • generous research and travel expenses
  • access to world-leading facilities
  • mentorship from a senior University of Manchester academic
  • participation in our New Academics Programme
  • outstanding networking, learning and development opportunities

We will also provide a vibrant and inspiring environment for you to pursue your research and teaching career. Successful candidates will benefit from the innovation and collaboration that Manchester’s success has been built on. What’s more, our resources and mentorship will enhance your competitiveness for external awards.

The awards

Presidential Research Fellowship (Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health)

The closing date for applications was Wednesday, 17 October 2018. A further call for applications will be announced in 2019.

The Presidential Research Fellowships for basic science and applied health research offer a three-year contract (£32,236-£50,132 dependent on experience) plus up to £10,000 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Presidential Research Fellowships are pump-priming awards, which aim to support awardees to seek external, prestigious fellowships to drive their career to research independence. Fellows may have the opportunity to engage in minimal teaching, usually in the form of co-supervising a PhD student.

The Presidential Research Fellowships for clinicians offer a two-year contract (salary dependent on experience – usually on a consultant salary) plus up to £10,000 per annum for research support costs. The Presidential Research Fellowships for Clinicians is a fellowship scheme with the goal of preparing excellent candidates for clinical intermediate or senior fellowships from UK national funding bodies such as the Medical Research Council (MRC), Wellcome Trust (WT) or National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Presidential Academic Fellowship (Faculty of Science and Engineering and Faculty of Humanities)

The closing date for applications was Tuesday, 3 April 2018. A further call for applications will be announced in 2019.

The Presidential Academic Fellowship offers a salary of £39,992–£49,149, plus £3,500 to £5,000 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Following a four-year probationary period, and subject to satisfactory performance, you will then transfer to an appropriate academic contract.

Presidential Academic Fellows in The Faculty of Humanities will do no teaching or minimal teaching in the first year and minimal teaching in the second year. Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship.

Presidential Academic Fellows in the Faculty of Science and Engineering will have a significantly reduced teaching load and will undertake a limited amount of teaching (up to 6 hours per week).

Personal development

At Manchester we take your personal development very seriously. As a successful candidate, you’ll receive a full induction and we will assign you a mentor to advise and support you. You’ll be eligible to join our New Academics Programme (NAP), which is designed to build the skills you’ll need to carry out your research and teaching and learning duties at the highest level. The NAP is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and successful completion of the programme will entitle you to become a Fellow of the HEA.

There are many other opportunities for learning and development, with online resources and face-to-face courses available in a wide range of subjects. In addition, we can support you in achieving recognised qualifications in areas such as leadership and management.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

The University of Manchester is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce. Join us and you’ll be part of a welcoming community that is both international in breadth and reflects the rich blend of cultures in our region.


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