Brotherton Short-Term Post-Doctoral Fellowships

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For the Sixth consecutive year the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of Leeds Special Collections, are pleased to offer the Brotherton Short-term Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme (2020-21). 

These fellowships are designed exclusively for early-career researchers to work with any of the Special Collections held within the Brotherton Library.

This call has now closed for 2020-21.

Scheme Overview

Successful applicants will spend four weeks in Leeds to carry out research activities aimed at developing the fellow’s ability to make strong applications to externally-funded post-doctoral positions which must then be held at the University of Leeds (e.g. British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowships; Leverhulme Early-Career Fellowships; Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie actions; Newton Fellowships, Marie Curie Fellowships, Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships, NERC Research Fellowships).

Research must be completed by the end of September 2021. On completion of their research, Fellows are required to write a short report on their experience which will be submitted to the funding body, the Brotherton Committee and to write a blog post to promote the collection and their research, which will be used on the Special Collections, and LAHRI websites. Other social media activity is encouraged during the fellowship.

The aim of the fellowship scheme is to help researchers maximise external funding opportunities for post-doctoral research, and applicants must be eligible for relevant funding schemes (as summarised below). Support for developing suitable external funding bids will be provided by the AHC Faculty pre-award team.

Blog posts from our previous Brotherton Fellows, Ruth Burton and Leonardo Costantini, outline the work that this scheme supported in 2018. And in 2019 we supported Pushpa Kumbhat, and Natalya Din-Kariuki.

COVID restrictions

The Special Collections Research Centre is open to researchers subject to government guidelines and current legislation. Details of opening hours and services are on our website.

We recognise that researchers may find it difficult to plan visits. The Special Collections team are able to offer a virtual consultation session to any Brotherton fellowship applicant, to aid the submission of proposals. We expect Brotherton Fellows to spend at least half of their fellowship at the Library. Special Collections staff may spend up to three hours undertaking access photography for Fellows to aid additional research activity remotely.

We anticipate further disruption to onsite services from June 2021 as refurbishment works are taking place in the Library building.

Award value

Fellows are awarded £2,000 living expenses and up to £500 travel expenses, while they are in Leeds.


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 2nd February 2021


Candidates who have completed their PhD at any university are eligible. Scholars who have completed their doctorate at Leeds are eligible to apply. However, given that the selection of candidates will be based on the candidates’ ability to make use of the fellowship to enhance applications for externally funded post-doctoral fellowships, it will be important to explain how additional time at Leeds will strengthen candidates’ profiles. Please note, furthermore, the criteria below for external schemes

Download the extended guidance document and application form.

Further information         

For any further information on these fellowships not covered in the extended guidance, please contact the LAHRI Administrator.