School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Fellowships are normally of three to five year duration. The main awarding bodies are the UK Research Councils (NERC, ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC) and the Royal Societies of London and of Edinburgh. Researchers wishing to undertake a Fellowship at Edinburgh are strongly encouraged to contact a relevant academic staff member to discuss the possibilities - see our list of academic staff. If you have any uncertainty or difficulty, contact Head of Graduate Organisation

All Fellows are members of one of the School's Research Groups and have a status comparable to members of academic staff. In addition to the excellent range of scientific and technical services and facilities, GeoSciences offers good office accommodation: at least a shared office, and possibly an individual office depending on availability. The School hosts a very active programme of seminars across all our research areas. There is every opportunity for personal and career development with the exceptional range of MSc taught courses, the PhD Generic Skills courses, and the University Staff Development services. There is also the opportunity to participate in undergraduate or postgraduate teaching.

For NERC Personal Fellows, GeoSciences offers the opportunity to co-supervise a PhD student, on a project of your own choice, to start during year 1 or 2 of your Fellowship. This gives you the opportunity to develop an independent research career path.

For Personal Fellows funded from other sources there is no automatic enhancement of the School quota of PhD awards. However the School of GeoSciences offers all Fellows the opportunity to gain one of the School's part Scholarships for funding PhD students. This covers half the funding for a studentship, the remaining 50% to come from your own Fellowship resources, research grants or other collaborators within Edinburgh or outside.

Continued employment at Edinburgh after the Fellowship is possible although there is no guarantee that this can be offered. The policy in GeoSciences is that all Fellows will be offered a career review well before the end of their Fellowship to review future opportunities within the School. Fellows who apply for a permanent Lectureship position on an open ended contract will be considered as very strong contenders. For the years 2004 - 2007 GeoSciences has a planned rolling recruitment programme of about 5 new staff per year, so there are genuine opportunities.

Postdoctoral researchers

Postdoctorals and Research Assistants will be members of the research group to which the grant holder belongs. They can expect good quality shared office space. There is the opportunity to undertake personal and career development through Generic Skills courses or by participation in the School's MSc courses. Some teaching at undergraduate and Masters level is encouraged. Co-supervision of PhD students is possible although, formally, this must be within your timescale of employment at Edinburgh or within a UK University or affiliated institution.