Postdoctoral Fellowships

Following a successful bid to ESRC, from 2018 as part of a new UK-wide scheme we are offering four Postdoctoral Fellowships per year, with the possibility of a further three if there is alignment with the Industrial Strategy.

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

To be considered in alignment with the Industrial Strategy, proposals can address skills gaps such as advanced quantitative methods and data skills/science, or a programme of activities that involves direct engagement with partners in the private sector (for example, a placement opportunity or the development of a collaboration research project).

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.


See the ESRC webpage on Postdoctoral Fellowships for eligibility details.

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 3 February 2020.

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.  Applications should be submitted to by 4pm on 23 March 2020.


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 one application, or two if at least one is Industrial Strategy aligned, to be considered by the DTP Management Group. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in May/June 2020. The successful Postdoctoral Fellows will take up their positions in October 2020.

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