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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 :


**Open Now** British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Durham University

Due to the volume of applications received, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities holds an internal competition to select applications for support through to the full competition.

In advance of the British Academy’s call for applications opening on 5 July 2023 please find below the details of the internal process for the Department of Theology and Religion

Candidates are required to check their eligibility for the scheme before applying.  


The Department of Theology and Religion invites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral 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 the internal competition candidates are asked to secure a mentor in the Department to support their application. They should submit an expression of interest (i.e., an up-to-date CV and 1 A4 page summary of the research proposal) to the mentor by 12 noon, Friday 28 July 2023.

Working with their mentor candidates will be required to complete and return Durham University’s internal application form, available via the Arts and Humanities Research Team ( by 12 noon, Friday 11 August 2023.

Further information on the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship can be found at: Postdoctoral Fellowships | The British Academy

Candidates are also strongly advised to review the British Academy’s policy on grant making:  BA Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023 guidance notes | The British Academy

For more information or informal enquiries, please contact the Director of Research, Professor Francis Watson or the Faculty Research team