Join us

If you are interested in joining us for postgraduate or postdoctoral computer science research, please see the information and links below.

Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, world-leading and internationally excellent research, central England campus and strong community spirit.

The university’s beautiful Staffordshire campus is the UK’s largest campus with 600 acres of landscaped parkland, fields, woodlands and lakes. The campus also includes a substantial science and innovation park and a day nursery for infants.

Postgraduate research

If you are interested in joining us for postgraduate research, please see our research themes and contact an academic member of staff to discuss your research proposal and the application process. For general enquiries about postgraduate research, email Dr Goksel Misirli.

University postgraduate studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available, you can apply online.

Some of our researchers are ‘self-funded’ with Doctoral Loans.

Our PhD researchers have the opportunity of paid work during term time as demonstrators in practical sessions.

Postdoctoral fellowships

The links below are to external funding that support postdoctoral fellowships. If you have questions or would like to discuss possible projects, send an email to the member of Computer Science staff you would like to work with. Note that most of the deadlines are at a similar date every year. Please double-check exact deadlines on the relevant web pages.

For general enquiries about postdoctoral research fellowships or visits, email Computer Science Research Director, Dr Sandra Woolley.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship

Application deadline: see website for advertised opportunities

Within the European Marie Curie People scheme, there is the opportunity for scientists to apply for their own postdoctoral fellowships, which can take place at European Universities. The postdoc is the PI for the Marie Curie Fellowship and Keele is the host.

There are two types of Individual Fellowships:

  • European fellowships

    • Held in the EU or associated countries.
    • Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe.
    • Can help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave.
    • Can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.
  • Global fellowships

    • Fund secondments outside Europe for researchers based in the EU or associated countries.
    • There is a mandatory one-year return period.
    • European and Global Fellowships can also include a secondment period of up to 3 or 6 months in another organisation in Europe, where this would boost the impact of the fellowship.

Future Leaders Fellowships

Application deadline: see website for advertised opportunities

The UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) will grow the strong supply of talented individuals needed to ensure that UK research and innovation continues to be world-class.  

The scheme aims to help the next generation of researchers, tech entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators get the support they need to develop their careers. The scheme is open to the best researchers and innovators from businesses and universities around the world, ensuring the UK continues to attract the most exceptional talent wherever they may come from.

Daphne Jackson Trust Fellowships

Application deadline: see website for advertised opportunities

The Daphne Jackson Trust offers flexible, part-time, paid Fellowships, normally for two years, to assist talented scientists into a career following a break of at least two years. Fellows undertake a challenging research project and a retraining programme. 

Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorships

Application deadline: see website for advertised opportunities

The Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship supports 3–12-month visits for eminent senior professors from overseas to bring novel expertise and enhance the skills and knowledge of academic staff and students in an underrepresented area in the UK. Priority will be given to new or recent collaborations and visits with a variety of activities beyond research.