Mid-Career Fellowships

Scholars from within Europe are eligible to apply. Applicants will normally hold a salaried position at an Institution of Higher Education and Research. Candidates should be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award.

However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career (these might include: length of appointment to permanent post, seniority, teaching responsibilities). Career breaks may also be taken into account. The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.

The amount of an award depends on the nature of the work proposed and individual circumstances – the ISRF expects applications for grants up to a maximum of £70,000 (from January 2020) to buy-out the cost of all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution for up to 12 months. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host Institution.

ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship competitions generally launch in January of even-numbered years, with a mid-February deadline for applications.

Fifth Mid-Career Fellowship Competition

In January 2020, the ISRF launched its fifth Mid-Career Fellowship competition. Award decisions are expected by the end of July 2020.

Fourth Mid-Career Fellowship Competition

In January 2018, the ISRF launched its fourth Mid-Career Fellowship competition. Having received a number of strong proposals, the Selection Panel met in July 2018, and voted to make six awards.

Professor Annelien de Dijn
Professor Annelien de Dijn

Freedom: An Unruly History

Dr Beth Epstein
Dr Beth Epstein

An Ethnographic Inquiry Into Shifting Discourses of Diversity and Social Inequality in France

Dr Rita Floyd
Dr Rita Floyd

Emergency Politics: Security, Threats and the Duties of States

Dr Cian O'Driscoll
Dr Cian O’Driscoll

Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Just War

Dr Jonathan Saha
Dr Jonathan Saha

Empire and Accumulation

Professor Mark Whitehead
Professor Mark Whitehead

Re-Thinking Freedom in a Neuroliberal Age

Contacting Fellows

If you would like to contact any of our Fellows to discuss their ISRF-funded work, please contact Dr Lars Cornelissen (Academic Editor) in the first instance, at lars.cornelissen@isrf.org.