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If you would like to come and join our research community, we would be very pleased to hear from you. 

Postdoctoral and Senior Research Fellowships 

If you are looking for post-doctoral opportunities, several schemes are available, depending on your career stage and location. We welcome enquiries from eligible candidates working on topics related to our specific research fields within musicology, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, cognition, composition and performance, or on related interdisciplinary projects: potential candidates are encouraged to explore the information on our current research on our web site.  

In most cases, internal review processes enable us to decide which candidates may be supported, so it is best to contact us as early as possible.

A selection of the schemes we support applications to are listed below:

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Newton International Fellowships

Durham Institute of Advanced Study Fellowships 

Marie Curie Individual Fellowships

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

Leverhulme Visiting Professorships

Details of the application process will be posted here. Potential applications are welcome to make informal contact with a potential host/mentor in their field, or to contact the Director of Research, Professor Tuomas Eerola (, or Senior Research Administrator, Zoe Gardiner , with any enquiries.


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in the Department of Music Durham University

The Department of Music invites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship through Durham University.

We welcome enquiries from eligible candidates particularly those related to the research themes in the department ( departments/academic/music/research/music-research-areas/) or to relevant University Research Centres and Institutes ( Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

For expressions of interest, candidates are to have made contact with their prospective academic mentor and supplied them with an up-to-date CV and 2-page (max) draft research proposal to confirm their intention to apply to the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme by 12 noon, Friday 2 December 2022.

Working in conjunction with their mentor, candidates should check their eligibility to apply. If the mentor agrees to support you application, candidates will be requested to complete and return Durham University’s internal application form, available by contacting the Arts and Humanities Research Team ( by 12 noon, Monday 6 January 2023.

Further information on the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, including details of eligibility criteria, can be found at:

Candidates are also strongly advised to review the Leverhulme Trust’s policy on grant making:

For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Zoë Gardiner at



Visiting Academic Policy  

If you would like to work in Durham for a period as a Visiting Academic, please read our Visiting academic policy before you make an application to the Department and contact a member of academic staff working in your area well in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. 

When you are ready to apply, please complete the application form which can be found here and submit your CV and research proposal to 

For further details of the scheme please get in touch with Director of Research, Professor Tuomas Eerola, or Senior Research Administrator Zoe Gardiner at