Brotherton Short-Term Post-Doctoral Fellowships

For the fifth consecutive year the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute, in collaboration with the University of Leeds Special Collections, are running 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, and LAHRI websites. Other social media activity is encouraged during the fellowship.

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

Award value

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


The deadline for applications to the 2019-20 scheme is 5pm on Tuesday, 11 February 2020. Fellowships awarded should be completed by the end of September 2020 (and prior to the intended application for an externally-funded fellowship). 


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.