Impact Fellowships

The University’s prestigious Impact Fellowship Programme is currently accepting applications for 2015. Through this programme we continue to invest in enabling the next generation of researchers to realise their potential, fulfil their ambition and to deliver world-class research that directly addresses the needs of society.

Impact Fellowships are available across our five areas of research excellence: health and wellbeing, culture and society, environment and communities, enterprise and economy, and sport.

About the Impact Fellowships

The University of Stirling is offering a number of Impact Fellowships across its Academic Schools. Fellows will be assigned a senior mentor from their host Academic School who has an excellent personal record on research publication and external funding.

These 2-year research positions offer the opportunity for outstanding early career researchers embarking upon an independent research career.

The Fellowships will provide a fixed-term, research only contract on a salary on the Grade 7 scale (£31,342 - £37,394) and a grant for research expenses of £5,000 per annum.

Candidates will normally hold a doctorate (in exceptional cases, candidates may have submitted their PhD thesis but not yet have undertaken their viva) and will normally have a maximum of six years postdoctoral research experience, whether in a University or industrial setting. The Fellowships are designed to assist Fellows embarking upon an independent research career, with the prospect of transitioning to a lecturing position at the end of the Fellowship (subject to availability of suitable positions and relevant HR processes). During their appointment, Fellows will be expected and supported to secure significant external research funding with which to continue their research programme after the end of their Fellowship. Fellows are expected to:

  • undertake research in line with the School's/Institute's and University's research strategy.
  • develop the skills and attributes required of a full member of the academic staff of the University.
  • carry out a programme of innovative research.

Each fellow will be required to plan their research project and execute it, applying for and winning research funding appropriate to the discipline. S/he will train in the skills required to lead research, and to supervise research students, as required by the Head of School. Essential applicant criteria:

  • PhD completed or submitted; evidence of very high quality research outputs at the forefront of the discipline
  • Good understanding of the wider research field
  • Understanding of the funding opportunities and constraints appropriate to the field

Desirable applicant criteria:

  • Clear evidence of leadership of one or more research projects
  • Evidence of ability to win funding for research


Proposals are invited from high calibre early career researchers. Prior to submitting an application and proposal you should identify and approach a potential mentor within a School to discuss your research proposal and application. You MUST state your proposed mentor and host School within the cover letter of your application.

Initial contact points for each of the Schools are provided below and details of the research areas of each of the Schools are available via

School Contact Email Telephone
Applied Social Science Professor Isobel Anderson +44 (0)1786 46 7718
Arts & Humanities Professor Karen Boyle (Communications, Media & Culture)  +44 (0) 1786 46 6221
  Professor Peter Sullivan (Philosophy) +44 (0) 1786 46 7558 
  Dr Kay Goodall (Law) +44 (0) 1786 46 7293
  Dr Alasdair Ross (History & Politics) +44 (0) 1786 46 6254
  Dr Andrew Hass (Literature & Language)  +44 (0) 1786 46 6240
Education Professor Richard Edwards +44 (0) 1786 46 6264
Health Sciences Professor Sally Haw +44 (0) 1786 46 6381
Natural Sciences Professor Herve Migaud (Aquaculture)

+44(0)1786 46 7886
  Dr Kirsty Park (Biological & Environmental Sciences)   +44 (0)1786 46 7799 
  Professor Leslie Smith (Computing Science & Maths)  +44(0)1786 46 7435
  Professor Ronan O’Carroll (Psychology) +44(0)1786 46 7683
Sport Dr. Angus Hunter +44(0)1786 46 6497
Stirling Management School Professor Liam Delaney +44 (0)1786 46 7473

Applications should be made online ( and must contain the following:

  • Cover letter including the name of your proposed mentor and host School
  • Applicant CV
  • Research Proposal (1500 to 2000 words)

Closing date for applications: May 1st 2015
Expected interview dates: June 26th 2015

Applicants must take up post by October 2015

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We welcome applications from ambitious researchers who want to excel in their chosen field and make a positive impact on society. If you require any further information please complete the contact form and we will get back to you shortly.

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