3S Postdoctoral and visiting fellowships


3S Postdoctoral fellowships

We welcome inquiries from researchers who are keen to develop exciting new projects within the unique interdisciplinary environment of 3S and the School of Environmental Sciences.

In joining 3S you will become part of a vibrant research community pursuing diverse approaches to understanding the societal challenges of sustainability. Our approaches are drawn from fields and disciplines such as human geography, sociology, science & technology studies (STS) and ecological economics, and aim to understand diverse aspects of sustainability transitions, from the global science-policy interface to community innovations in energy, food, waste, transport, and more.

We welcome scholars from any discipline who are interested in contributing towards our critical, engaged and reflexive approach to the challenges of environmental change and sustainability.

There is a variety funding sources available to support independent postdoctoral projects of varying length, including:

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme provides funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time, for applicants who are the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career. It aims to provide the opportunity for early career researchers to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, expanding their networks, and growing their research and professional skills.

This scheme is administered through the ESRC Southeast Network for Social Science (SeNSS). 3S members are involved in the Science, Technology and Sustainability and Human Geography pathways.

We expect the next round of applications, for October 2021 starts, to open in Autumn 2020.

UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships

The UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme aims to develop, retain, attract and sustain research and innovation talent in the UK. The scheme provides up to seven years of funding for research which tackles some of the world’s most pressing problems, including environmental change, sustainability, and new economies.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme provides funding for three years of focused research, as well as support for career development, to enable the expansion of an independent research profile and to help early career scholars develop the skills needed for an academic career in the humanities and social sciences.

We welcome discussions with applicants looking to develop a proposal to start in October 2021.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

Like the British Academy fellowships, this scheme is intended for early career researchers with a strong research record but who have not yet held a full-time permanent academic post. The fellowships are tenable for up to 3 years on a full-time basis.

The next round of applications will begin in January 2021.

What we can offer

Within 3S we can offer support in identifying an appropriate funding scheme, drafting an application and preparing for any interviews that may be required. UEA’s Faculty of Science has extensive experience in supporting successful applications for research fellowships, and can offer a broad range of support. For more information, see here.

To discuss opportunities, explore our Research and Faculty pages to identify relevant 3S members who may be able to act as sponsors or mentors. They will always be delighted to hear from you!

Visiting Fellowships

We also welcome enquiries from PhD students and researchers who would like to visit us for a short period from a few weeks to a few months, taking advantage of the world-leading expertise, vibrant research environment and wonderful campus which 3S offers.

We provide deskspace and IT facilities, including library membership (for which our department charges around £100 a month), opportunities for collaboration, presenting your work, engagement in the teaching programme, and we and encourage lively interactions between fellows and our members. Norwich is also a great base from which to visit other institutions around the UK to further broaden your research networks.

If you would like to enquire about a visiting fellowship, please contact the most relevant member of faculty, detailing your research, why you wish to visit 3S, your proposed duration of stay and what activities you would like to engage in, while with us.

Previous fellows have included Charlotte Jensen (Aalborg University, Copenhagen), and  Freja Friis (Aalborg University, Copenhagen), who have both become Associate members of 3S.