Presidential Academic Fellowship in the Economics of Poverty Reduction – United Kingdom

Applications are invited for Fully Funded Presidential Academic Fellowship in the Economics of Poverty Reduction at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester, United Kingdom.


With a long and distinguished track record, which, inter alia, has culminated in the award of 22 Nobel prizes, The University of Manchester is pursuing an ambitious strategic vision to continuing its development as a world leader in research, teaching, and social responsibility. To help enable that vision we invite suitably qualified and able scholars from across the Humanities– including the arts and social sciences – who are at the beginning of their careers, to apply for The University of Manchester Presidential Fellowship. We recognise that, as an early career academic, it can be challenging to get the dedicated time and resource to gain research independence and develop leadership. The University of Manchester Presidential Fellowship scheme is designed to bridge this gap by providing Awards for outstanding researchers, whose interests are aligned with those of the University.

The Presidential Fellowship scheme is a very prestigious award which is designed to attract exceptional early career academics. The primary criterion for appointment will be research excellence.

The Global Development Institute (GDI) is a University of Manchester research beacon. GDI is seeking exceptional ECA candidates conducting research on public economics, labour economics or welfare economics applied to low and middle income countries. We have a particular interest in enhancing our research in the economic analysis of distribution and redistribution of income and wellbeing in low and middle income countriesThis is one of GDI’s core areas of longstanding research expertise, especially research on anti-poverty transfer policies and programming in the context of improving social policies and institutions to secure pro-poor growth.

The ECA research contribution, and later teaching, will develop an innovative research programme on a well-defined area within the economic analysis of distribution and redistribution of income and wellbeing in low and middle income countries. For example, researchers interested in the analysis of anti-poverty transfers might consider covering research on the design of such programmes: evaluation of behavioural and economic effects on participating households, and potentially on wider societal effects; the study of the implications of anti-poverty transfers for tax-transfer schemes; and research on the political sustainability and legitimacy of anti-poverty transfers. 


To be eligible for Fellowship, an applicant must:

  • A relevant PhD (or equivalent) awarded not more than five years prior to the closing date for the post1
  • High academic standing with a growing reputation in research, evidenced by an emerging portfolio of internationally recognised publications
  • The requisite skills, attitudes, and abilities to plan major projects, build appropriate teams, and deliver outstanding results
  • Evidence of ability to use a range of delivery techniques to enthuse and engage students
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • A willingness to continue to learn and develop
  • A willingness and ability to contribute to the administration of the relevant School andwider faculty, as necessary.
  • Commitment to the values and goals of The University of Manchester, including Goal 3 –social responsibility
  • An understanding and application of the principles of equal opportunity in relation to research, teaching and the wider University context.

Applications from researchers from across the social sciences applied to low and middle income countries are welcomed, particularly from economists with an interest in public economics, labour economics, or welfare economics, and from political scientists with an interest in welfare institutions.

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Diana Mitlin (Email:

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Publish Date:
Institute Name: University of Manchester
Degree/Course: Fellowship
Deadline: September 25, 2019
Country: United Kingdom
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