Global Development Institute Blog

We are delighted that the Simon and Hallsworth Fellowship are now open for applications. The Global Development Institute has a strong track record in these fellowships, and we are keen to support applicants for this year’s awards. We are especially eager to support applicants for the Hallsworth Research Fellowship in Chinese Political Economy and Hallsworth Research Fellowship with focus on External Engagement and Impact.

The fellowships last for three years, from 1 October 2024. They are open to excellent early career scholars who have completed a doctoral degree and have already demonstrated a potential for research in relevant subject areas.

Applications for each of the fellowships close on 15th December 2023.

Simon and Hallsworth Fellowships

Application criteria

  • A PhD to have been awarded by the closing date for applications and not more than four years prior to the closing date for applications. (The Fellowship Committee will take into account special circumstances i.e. career breaks in respect of the four-year postdoctoral experience regulation.)
  • Demonstrable potential for high-quality research in relevant subject areas through, for example, a record of research and publications appropriate to the level of post-doctoral experience.
  • Candidates must not have held, or currently hold, a permanent academic position (rolling temporary contracts do not, in this case, equate to a permanent position).
  • Full criteria and further information on the awards

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact a potential supervisor ahead of their application.

If you are unsure of a suitable supervisor, or have other questions then please contact GDI’s Director of Research, Tom Lavers.

Recent award recipients based at GDI

  • Elisa Gambino – ‘African hubs, Chinese trade, and global circulation in West Africa’
  • Tom Gillespie – ‘The urban political economy of Africa’s real estate frontier’
  • Aarti Krishnan – ‘Agfood tech’ for sustainable development? The cases of India and Kenya’
  • Nick Jepson – ‘Bridging the gap or laying a trap? Development finance and sovereign debt resolution along China’s Belt and Road’