Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

We are pleased to announce the introduction of a Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

There are 3 available posts which may be based at any of the CDAS partner institutions, and will be fixed term positions on either a one-year full-time or two year part-time contract. The Fellowship will include salary costs, and additional funds, up to £10,000 may be applied for to support research activities including travel, subsistence, conference attendance, training, fieldwork and mentor costs.

All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the research organisation where the fellowship is held. The mentor should have experience and a strong interest in the applicant’s field of research but should not normally be the applicant’s PhD supervisor. We anticipate that many applicants will identify potential mentors independently, or with advice from previous supervisors/academic contacts. However, should candidates need assistance in identifying a suitable mentor, please contact us.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP (open link for list of institutions) or CDT (open link for list of institutions) and who are within 12 months of completing their PhD. At the submission deadline, the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.

Please click on the links below for the Call specification, application form and frequently asked questions:

ESRC PDF Call specification


PDF application form

All applicants must submit a completed proposal along with the required attachments by 16:00 on 22 March 2020 to Proposals will be peer reviewed and funding decisions will be made by June 2020.