Presidential Academic Fellowship: Anti-Poverty Transfers

Job Reference : HUM-13239
Location : Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing Date (DD-MM-YYYY) : 04/03/2019
Salary : £40,792 to £50,132 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Employment Type : Permanent
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Humanities
Division : -
Hours Per week : Full and Part Time Posts available
Contract Duration : Initial 4 Year Fellowship leading to a permanent and approriate academic contract

Presidential Academic Fellowship: Anti-Poverty Transfers

School of Environment, Education and Development

Faculty of Humanities

The University of Manchester

Creative, ambitious and keen to develop transformative research, you will relish this excellent opportunity to drive your academic career to a higher level. As an impressive early career academic, you’ll recognise that securing a Presidential Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester will empower you to unlock your potential. In addition to a good salary for the duration of your Fellowship, you’ll receive several thousand pounds per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Your time during this award will be initially dedicated to research, with no or minimal teaching in the first year, and minimal teaching in the second year.  Thereafter teaching would increase with each subsequent year of the fellowship.  You can look forward to mentoring and assistance in winning external funding and awards.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) is seeking exceptional candidates conducting research on antipoverty policies and programming. We have a particular interest in enhancing our research on antipoverty transfer programmes (also referred to as social protection or cash transfer programmes). These programmes have emerged as a core instrument for poverty reduction in low and middle income countries, reaching around one billion people. This is one of GDI’s core areas of longstanding research expertise. The fellow’s research contribution – and later teaching - will focus on the role of antipoverty programming in poverty and inequality reduction and development. This includes, inter alia, research on the design of such programmes; evaluation of behavioural and economic effects on participating households, and potentially on wider societal effects; study of their implications for tax-transfer schemes; and research into their political sustainability and legitimacy.  Applications from researchers from all the social sciences are welcomed, but especially from economists with an interest in public, development, or labour economics; and from political scientists with an interest in welfare institutions.

To join us, you will need a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You’ll bring to the role a sustained record of publication output. Crucially, you will demonstrate the ability to develop a coherent world-leading research programme, with new concepts and ideas to extend intellectual understanding. You have what it takes to organise resources and deliver results to deadlines. Your excellent communication and interpersonal skills also equip you to build a team, and to inspire and engage students. The determination to win your own funding will be key to your success.

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Please note you will be required to submit a research proposal with your application. Please read the guidance notes attached for further details.

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Diana Mitlin


General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight (GMT) on the closing date.


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.