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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 Martin Clayton (, or Senior Research Administrator, Zoe Gardiner , with any enquiries.

The British Academy (BA) Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities for early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment with the aim improving their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. Suitable subjects for the Fellowship include any field of study within the humanities or social sciences, with the emphasis chiefly on completion of a substantial piece of publishable research. This will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. Fellows will be expected to identify and develop lines of original enquiry in their subject, and to gain some experience of teaching. The 2021-2022 Fellowship is tenable for three years.

 The following eligibility criteria apply:

  • Applicants must secure the support of the UK host institution at which the fellowship will be undertaken.
  • Applications must be made within three years of the award of a doctorate. Allowances will be made for extenuating circumstances.
  • Applicants must be UK or EEA (European Economic Area) nationals, or have completed a doctorate, or equivalent, at a UK university. Applicants who do meet one of these criteria, but who can demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community (e.g. through having been employed for longer than twelve months at a UK university) may also apply.

 For the 2021-22 round only, BA have extended the eligibility period considering the difficulties faced by researchers as a result of the pandemic. If applicants have completed their viva voce between November 2018 and April 2022, they will be eligible to apply to this round.

Please contact Zoe Gardiner at with your expression of interest as soon as possible as completed internal application forms must be submitted by 5pm on 20 August 2021.

Visiting Academic Policy  

If you would like to work in Durham for a period as a Visiting Academic, please see the University policy on Academic Visitors. Please contact a member of academic staff working in your area well in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made