John Pollard Newman Fellowship in Climate Change and Arts

As part of its programme to provide postdoctoral research opportunities for scholars of proven academic excellence, University College Dublin is pleased to announce the John Pollard Newman Fellowship in Climate Change and the Arts. This Newman Fellowship is established with the generous support of Stephen Vernon and the John Pollard Foundation. The Newman Fellow will be based in UCD School of English, Drama and Film and work collaboratively with a close network of researchers from UCD Earth Institute and UCD Humanities Institute.

Project Background

This is a major multidisciplinary project that will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to engage with and contribute to new initiatives in Climate Change research from both the sciences and humanities, for two years duration. The successful candidate will gain experience of working with large-scale interdisciplinary research projects, engaging new audiences and readers in understanding the cultural dimensions of climate change, and developing high quality publications and other research outputs.

Applications are invited from candidates who hold a doctoral degree in the Arts and Humanities, with particular expertise in the environmental humanities. The successful applicant will have a strong track record of high quality research and publication. Candidates must have completed and passed their doctoral examination before commencement of the post. The Fellowship is designed for a creative thinker, writer and researcher with a strong interest in the short and long term impacts of climate change, as well as its histories and cultural manifestations.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate the potential to make a real difference in our understanding of the values and cultural histories that underpin how people respond to climate change, and our understanding of how to engage public audiences in sharing knowledge and taking action through cultural media. They will also need to provide evidence of the ability to work with material and ideas from a number of disciplines and have a strong grasp of current research on climate change. Interest/experience in coordinating or organising symposia/speaker series, academic social media, working paper series, and similar outreach events desirable.

The university adheres to a range of equality, diversity and inclusion policies, and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who identify with any of the protected characteristics that are set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy.

The Newman Fellowship comes with a generous tax-free stipend of €35k p.a. and is tenable for two years. Fellows must register as a fulltime student for the duration of the Fellowship term to avail of the tax-free scholarship.

The John Pollard Newman Fellowship in Climate Change and the Arts will work under the supervision and mentorship of Professor John Brannigan (UCD School of English, Drama and Film/UCD Humanities Institute) and Professor Tasman Crowe (UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science/UCD Earth Institute).

How to Apply:

The candidate must complete the Newman Fellowship Candidate Form and provide an updated and detailed CV. Candidates should also include a covering letter outlining how their qualifications and experience match the requirements of the position. All documents should be sent to: with ‘Newman Fellowship in Climate Change and the Arts’ in the subject line.

Two nominated referees must separately submit their confidential reports using the Newman Fellowship Referee Form and send to: with ‘Newman Fellowship in Climate Change and the Arts’ in the subject line.

Further Information:

Informal enquiries regarding this Fellowship may be directed to Prof John Brannigan (


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 17:00 on Monday 7th November 2022.

 The Fellowship start date will be arranged with the successful candidate and will ideally commence in January 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter.