Tailored opportunities: ILLUMINATE: The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows – Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University, UK


Our Illuminate: The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme, is an opportunity for exceptional and ambitious early-career researchers to join Queen’s to focus on achieving research excellence that aligns to our strategic vision. As a Russell Group University, Queen’s has a reputation for delivering world-class research.

Successful Fellows will join a strong and talented team of researchers on a five-year scheme with a guaranteed career pathway to a Senior Lecturer or Reader post. Fellows will benefit from membership of a dedicated Fellowship Academy, designed to provide appropriate development support in order to nurture researchers with outstanding potential, which includes a Fellows Network and a bespoke mentoring programme. 

This scheme recognises the importance that we place in our people at Queen’s. It is our People First promise to attract the best talent into our team and to provide a positive working environment.

In order to build upon our existing areas of world-leading research, we aim to align our Fellows with the research areas in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are seeking applications from candidates whose research profile is aligned to our current areas of research strength, in particular Creative Industries, Policy Engaged Research and Internationalisation.

You will be required to demonstrate how your current research is aligned to one or more of our research areas. You will also have a relevant degree with a PhD (or equivalent), 2-8 years’ post-PhD experience and a high-quality publication record.


  • A completed PhD in a relevant subject
  • 2 – 8 years’ post-PhD experience
  • A high quality publication record
  • A research profile and plan which is aligned to an existing research strength at Queen’s


Closing date: 31 January 2020


To apply you will be required to submit a CV and covering letter which clearly states your research interests and the proposed work during the Fellowship. We also welcome a description of how you fit within the School, and what contribution you would make to the research environment.

Applications for the scheme can be submitted at anytime and will be reviewed three times a year, please note that for consideration applications must be received 24-hours before the scheduled dates below:

Review and shortlist are 28 June 2019, 30 September 2019 and 31 January 2020, interviews will take place shortly after this date. For any queries, please contact Roisin Moss.

The Faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Medicine, Health and Life Sciences are seeking applications from candidates whose research profile is aligned to current areas of research strength at Queen’s. The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is particularly interested in hearing from candidates who have a research focus in the following areas: Creative Industries, Policy Engaged Research and Internationalisation of research. Find out more about the Faculties and their research priorities from the links below.

The Scheme is an inclusive one and applications are welcomed and encouraged from candidates with diverse career paths and backgrounds, including those returning from a career break, family leave or working outside a research environment.

Detailed information on this opportunity can be found here.

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