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.


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 four years prior to the closing date for applications. (The Fellowship Committee will take into account special circumstances i.e. career breaks in respect of the four 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.

For questions relating to the Fellowships please see our list of frequently asked questions.

Condition of the award

A condition of the award for all Simon and Hallsworth Research Fellowships is to produce a poster about your project as requested.

How to apply

Applications should be made via The University of Manchester’s online application system.

You should also attach a short CV (ideally no more than 2 pages) listing your publications.

Your research 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 the further particulars. 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 impact agenda can be found here:


Please 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.

Further information


Meet our current and recent Simon and Hallsworth Fellows.

Current and recent Simon and Hallsworth Fellows

Hallsworth Fellows

2019 appointments

  • Tom Gillespie (School of Environment, Education and Development) - ‘The urban political economy of Africa’s real estate frontier’
  • Aarti Krishnan (School of Environment, Education and Development) - ‘Agfood tech’ for sustainable development? The cases of India and Kenya’
  • Nick Jepson (Hallsworth Fellow in Chinese Political Economy, School of Environment, Education and Development) – ‘Bridging the gap or laying a trap? Development finance and sovereign debt resolution along China’s Belt and Road’

2018 appointments

  • Misha Ewen (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) – ‘Families and the English Atlantic Empire, 1550-1650’
  • David Tobin (Hallsworth Fellow in Chinese Political Economy, School of Social Sciences) – ‘An Identity-Security Approach to China’s Rise in Global Political Economy’

Simon Fellows

2019 appointments

  • Luke de Noronha (School of Social Sciences) - ‘Borders, racism and resistance in the ‘hostile environment’: an ethnographic study’
  • Frances Houghton (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) - ‘The Modern Mind at Sea: Medical Care and Masculine Culture in the Royal Navy, 1939-1945’

2018 appointments

  • Mark Usher (School of Environment, Education and Development) – ‘Governing green infrastructure: landscape urbanism, systems-based governance and the affective politics of place-making’

Previous fellows

Simon and Hallsworth fellows who have now completed:

Fellows appointed in 2017

Fellows appointed in 2016

Fellows appointed in 2015

Fellows appointed in 2014

  • Karen Buckley (School of Environment, Education and Development) - 'The making of the global working class'
  • Thomas Scriven (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) (Hallsworth fellow)

Fellows appointed in 2013

Fellows appointed in 2012

Fellows appointed in 2011

Fellows appointed in 2010

Fellows appointed in 2009

Fellows appointed in 2008

  • Dr Christian Greiffenhagen, School of Social Sciences (Sociology), A sociology of mathematical practice: an observational study of the production of mathematical knowledge (Simon Fellow).  
  • Dr Pedro Ramos Pinto, School of Arts Languages and Cultures (History), The politics of urban citizenship in Lisbon (1928-74) (Simon Fellow).  Appointed Lecturer in International History in 2011.
  • Dr Sarah Dyer, School of Environment, Education, and Development - 'Gender at Work: Scientific Careers' (Hallsworth Fellow)
  • Dr Huw Macartney, School of Social Sciences (Politics), EU financial market integration and the Lamfalussy Process: moments of contingency and resistance (Hallsworth Fellow).  Appointed Lecturer in Politics in 2010.
  • Dr Tim Worrall, School of Social Sciences (Economics) - 'Investment, Sovereign Debt and Political Economy' (Hallsworth Fellow)

Fellows appointed in 2006 and 2007

  • Dr Sasha Handley, School of Arts Languages and Cultures (History), Sleeping Bodies in Early Modern Britain(Simon Fellow).  Appointed Lecturer at Teeside in 2009. 
  • Dr Martin O'Neill, School of Social Sciences (Politics), Corporations and Social Justice (Hallsworth Fellow)
  • Dr Guido Starosta, School of Social Sciences (Politics), Latin America and the Recent Transformations of the International Division of Labour: A Comparative Investigation of the Forms of Capitalist Development in Mexico and Brazil (Hallsworth Fellow)
  • Dr Jack Taylor, School of Social Sciences (Social Anthropology), Masculinities in Northern Vanuatu: gender, generation and social transformation (Simon Fellow). Appointed Lecturer at La Trebe, Melbourne. 
  • Dr Marcel Stoetzler, School of Arts Languages and Cultures (R and T), Discourses of anti-Semitism and their relationship to the theory of modern society (Simon Fellow)
  • Dr Jane Green, School of Social Sciences (Politics), An economic theory of party competition (Hallsworth Fellow).  Appointed Lecturer in Politics in 2009.
  • Dr Vanessa Gash, School of Social Sciences (Sociology), What have households got to do with markets? How shifts in values, employment contracts and institutional structure have brought households central stage (Hallsworth Fellow).  Appointed Lecturer in Social Statistics in 2009. 
  • Dr Roy Maconachie, School of Environment, Education, and Development (IDPM), International conventions, national policy agendas and local needs: exploring the conflicts in wetland policymaking in reconfigured African states (Hallsworth Fellow).  Appointed Lecturer at Bath University in 2009.