Brotherton Short-Term Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The application deadline for 2018-19 Brotherton Fellowship scheme has now passed. 

For the fourth consecutive year the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of Leeds Special Collections, will run the Brotherton short-term post-doctoral fellowship scheme. 

These fellowships are designed exclusively for early-career researchers to make use of the Special Collections held within the Brotherton Library, and to help researchers maximise external funding opportunities for post-doctoral research.

Applicants may work with any of the Special Collections held within the Brotherton Library, and scholars working in any discipline are eligible to apply.

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).

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, Cultural Institute and LAHRI websites.

Blog posts from our previous Brotherton Fellows, Ruth Burton and Leonardo Costantini, outline the work that this scheme supported in 2018.

Award value

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


The application deadline for the 2018-19 Scheme has now closed. If the scheme is renewed for 2019-20 then the call will likely be issued in November or December with a January 2020 deadline. Please keep an eye on our news around this time for further information.


Candidates who have completed their PhD at any university are eligible. Scholars who have completed their doctorate at Leeds are eligible to apply. All candidates must have passed their PhD viva by the application deadline, but not earlier than April 2014. Exceptions to this rule may be allowed in certain circumstances, subject to prior agreement. 

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 Professor Alison Fell, LAHRI Director.