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Simon and Hallsworth Fellowships

For early-career researchers with a doctoral degree.


Applications will be judged principally on the creativity and excellence of the research described, but also on their fit with expertise in the nominated school and the University environment generally.

Your proposed research project must:

  • demonstrate a clear link between the length of fellowship requested and the research proposal;
  • be relevant to the nominated Fellowship scheme.

Where you will be based

Fellows will be required to be based at the University during their period of tenure.

Exceptionally a Fellow may be permitted to conduct research elsewhere. Requests for leave of absence for research purposes for more than four weeks per annum during the appointment should be submitted with detailed information as a part of the formal application, or exceptionally subsequently to the Chair of the Simon and Hallsworth Fellowships Appointment Committees.


The Fellowship is a full-time commitment, and the scheme provides for the Fellow to be invited to undertake a limited amount of teaching. Limited is defined as a maximum of up to five hours per week averaged out over the academic year.

Showcase presentations 2015

On Monday 19 October 2015 a showcase for the Simon and Hallsworth Fellowships was held at the Manchester Museum. Professor Nicola Glover-Thomas, Chair of the Simon and Hallsworth Committees, presented on how to apply for the Fellowships. Dr Melanie Lombard, Lecturer in Global Urbanism and recently completed Hallsworth Fellow, shared her experience of the Fellowship. You can download their slides here:

Meet our fellows


Essential knowledge, skills and experience

Hallsworth Fellowship The ability to make an original contribution to research in the broad field of political economy.
Simon Fellowship The ability to make an original contribution to research in the broad field of social science.

The following list applies to both the Simon and Hallsworth funds.

  • A PhD to have been awarded by the closing date for applications and not more than five years prior to the closing date for applications. (The Fellowship Committee will take into account special circumstances ie career breaks in respect of the five year postdoctoral experience regulation.)
  • Demonstrable potential for high quality research in relevant subject areas through, for example, a record of research and publications appropriate to the level of post-doctoral experience.
  • The ability to construct a creative, excellent and achievable research proposal that is relevant to their nominated academic centre’s (ie School) overall research plans.
  • The ability to function as an independent researcher, including managing large research projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Candidates must not have held, or currently hold, a permanent academic position (rolling temporary contracts do not, in this case, equate to a permanent position).
  • The potential to reach the requisite research profile to secure an academic post on completion of the Fellowship.
  • The following would be a distinct advantage:
  • A degree (undergraduate or postgraduate) from a Higher Education Institution within the British Commonwealth.

How to apply

Applications for Fellowships beginning in 2016/17 are now open.  The closing date is Thursday 7 January 2016.  Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 14 March 2016.

Applications should be made via The University of Manchester’s on-line application system. If you are unable to apply on-line please request an application form by emailing human resources quoting the reference number.

Please complete the electronic application form via the University’s electronic recruitment system.

You must also attach a clear and detailed research proposal as a separate Word document.

Your proposal should be no more than 2,000 words and relevant to your nominated academic centre’s (ie School) overall research plans. Your proposal must clearly identify your nominated host school (you may wish to do this at the top of your proposal) from those listed in ANNEX A. Failure to do this will result in immediate elimination from the competition.

Your proposal should also provide a short statement outlining what steps you will take to engage with areas outside of the academic community.  

Further advice and guidance on the emerging impact agenda and 'pathways to impact' can be found here:


You must ensure that you provide your three nominated referees (at least one should be outside of your current institution) with a copy of your research proposal to enable them to offer comment, should they be asked by the University to provide a reference.

Next steps

Interviews are expected to take place during week commencing 14 March 2016. If you have not been contacted by the end of March, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.