The 2017 ‘Durham International Fellowship for Research and Enterprise’ (DIFeREns) Competition IS NOW OPEN

Are you an exceptional researcher with an interest in voice-hearing and other unusual experiences? Are you an active researcher with an established or international reputation for scholarship and research leadership? Or are you actively engaged in translating academic research on voices and other unusual experiences into policy, practice or technological innovation?

If so, Hearing the Voice would like to invite you to apply for the 2017 round of the Durham International Fellowship for Research and Enterprise (DIFeREns) scheme. Successful applicants will be hosted by Hearing the Voice for the duration of their fellowship.


Launched in 2011, this scheme is co-funded by Durham University and the European Union, and is designed to gather together scholars, researchers, policy makers or practitioners from around the world and across the full spectrum of science, social science, arts and humanities to address themes of global significance in collaboration with Durham’s Research Institutes and researchers.


The JRF scheme is aimed at postdoctoral researchers, typically with 2-5 years of post-doctoral experience. JRFs will pursue new research ideas of their own design, undertaken in collaboration within academic researchers at Durham University. For this round, fellowships will typically run for 18 months (although shorter periods can be arranged). The aim of the JRF scheme is to produce scholars who will be of a standing and maturity to win permanent positions, and able to successfully transition from post-doctoral research to an independent academic career.

Dr Adam Powell (left) and Dr Åsa Jansson (right), current Junior Research Fellows with Hearing the Voice.

Each JRF has a mentor and a personal development plan to develop their research management and leadership skills, and will be able to take advantage of the award-winning University Research Training Programme. Starting salaries are in the range of £32,004–£36,001 p.a. and JRFs will have full access to the University Library, IT resources and specialist research facilities relevant to their project. They will also receive up to €7K p.a. for research consumables, travel and conference attendance.

Please note that applicants for JRFs must hold a PhD at the time of application and have resided outside of the UK for two of the preceding three years. Full details of the eligibility criteria for JRFs can be found here.

If you are interested in applying for a JRF, please contact Ben Alderson-Day in the first instance to discuss your application. It is a requirement that candidates have departmental support for their application to be considered eligible and for it to be carried forward.

The deadline for all applications is 12 noon on 1 December 2017. As it can take time to secure departmental support for your application, please do contact us as soon as possible if you’re interested in applying.

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