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Funding Opportunities

Postdoctoral funding

The Department is very pleased to support applications to post-doctoral funding competitions from candidates working on topics relating to its wide range of research interests. Applicants wishing to apply for an Early Career Fellowship through the Department will receive assistance in the form of feedback on individual draft applications, especially the project proposal. The key schemes are:

  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships (funder deadline typically March). Open to those with a degree from a UK university or holding an academic position at the time of application. Applicants must be within five years of the award of a PhD and have submitted their PhD at the time of application
  • Newton International (funder deadline typically April). Open to applicants working outside the UK and not holding UK citizenship at the time of application. Applicants should have completed their PhD by the time of the start date of the Fellowship

Please note that all post-doctoral applications are subject to an initial round of selection procedures within the University. Applications to all schemes are subject to internal review in the Department and Faculty level. If you are interested in applying for a post-doctoral fellowship with the Department on Theology and Religion, please contact :


Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in the Department of Theology & Religion Durham University

The Department of Theology & Religion 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 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 Dr Mags Leighton at