Opportunities at SPERI


Visiting Fellows

SPERI is open to applications from full-time academics working in political economy who wish to spend a period of time at the University of Sheffield as a Visiting Fellow.  Please email your applications to speri@sheffield.ac.uk setting out the case for the Fellowship and the period of time proposed, a statement of the research that would be undertaken during the Fellowship, and the names of two academic referees whom SPERI may consult.  It should be noted as well that the University of Sheffield usually charges a ‘bench fee’ in relation to all such Fellowships to cover the administrative costs involved.

Doctoral Students and Post-doctoral Fellows

SPERI offers a dynamic and stimulating research environment in which doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows work in the open-plan SPERI office on the third floor of the ICoSS building at the heart of the University of Sheffield campus alongside all the other members of SPERI’s staff.

SPERI welcomes applications under a number of funding schemes, further details of which can be found below. Your research proposal should encompass one or more themes covered by our eight research programmes.

If you have a doctoral or post-doctoral research proposal and wish to discuss it with a member of SPERI’s staff, please email speri@sheffield.ac.uk in the first instance and the most appropriate member of our team will get back to you.

Doctoral funding opportunities Post-Doctoral funding opportunities

Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

The Wellcome Trust

The British Academy

The British Federation of Women Graduates

Royal Geographical Society

Leverhulme Trust

WRoCAH AHRC Competition Studentships


Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows Scheme

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

ESRC New Investigator Grants

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (ECF)

AHRC Leadership Fellows Scheme for Early Career Researchers

Newton International Fellowships

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships


We are always looking for volunteers to help out at SPERI events. If you would like more information please get in touch.


For enquiries, both formal and informal, please contact the most relevant member of staff.