Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Wales DTP invites applications for up to six ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowships to commence in October 2021. The fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks and their research and professional skills.

Have a look at the profiles of our current postdoctoral fellows.

The Fellowships last one year (or part-time equivalent) and come with a salary. They can contain some new research activity, but their primary purpose is the consolidation of your research profile soon after successful completion of your PhD.

Full information is available in the call details. The ESRC has also produced a set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

How to Apply

As described in the call, you will need to identify a mentor who will be a senior colleague in the research organisation that hosts the fellowship. Your initial point of contact in identifying your mentor should be the convener for the pathway that best fits your fellowship proposal. You can find the list of pathways and conveners here. You should contact the relevant pathway convener as soon as possible and no later than 1 February 2021.

You should complete the application form and submit it with the specified mandatory attachments.  Applicants are also asked to submit the equality and diversity monitoring form. This is held confidentially and collected for statistical reporting to the ESRC only. Applications should be submitted to by 4pm on 23 March 2021.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The DTP values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.


We expect a high level of competition for these fellowships and the selection process involves several stages. After the deadline of 23 March, each of our 20 pathways will put forward two applications to be considered by the DTP Management Group. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in May/June 2021. The successful Postdoctoral Fellows will take up their positions in October 2021.

If you have any queries that are not answered by the FAQs please contact