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Recruitment for this Fellowship takes place approx. every three years. The next recruitment phase is expected to open in late 2022 or early 2023 for Fellowships to commence academic year 2023/24. Please contact the IAS Manager, Linda Crowe ( with questions or queries.


Addison Wheeler Fellowships

The Durham University Addison Wheeler Fellowships are designed to provide early career researchers of outstanding promise with three years to pursue original ideas, free from teaching and administrative responsibilities.

Addison Wheeler Fellowships are funded through the bequest of Addison James Wheeler to encourage:

“efforts for increased knowledge of people and their make-up so as to enable them to make better use of their life here on Earth”.

Addressing this aspiration is one of the conditions of the Fellowships but it is intended to be interpreted broadly and should not be seen as restrictive.

The Fellowships are aimed at researchers of a high calibre, who have completed their PhD at the time of application and are at an early stage in their career. Fellows will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration within academic researchers at Durham University.

Addison Wheeler Fellows will be employed in the University on a non-renewable fixed-term contract. They will be issued with a full employment contract by Durham University, will have full social security coverage, will be eligible to join the University Superannuation Scheme and will have access to the UK health services through National Insurance payments. They will have full access to the University library and IT resources, professional skills training, occupational health services, careers advice and specialist research facilities relevant to their project. Addison Wheeler Fellows will be appointed at a point on the Grade 7 scale appropriate to their experience. Starting salaries will be in the range £33,797– £40,322 p.a. There are no residency or nationality restrictions.

As a member of the Durham academic staff will act as host and Mentor for each Fellow, before applying, applicants MUST seek the agreement of a Durham academic to act as their host. The host will help them to refine their research proposal and ensure that the appropriate facilities for the conduct of the research project are available in the University.