Liss DTP

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

LISS ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024

Applications for the Postdoctoral Fellowships are now closed.

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP is inviting applications for four ESRC funded Postdoctoral Fellowships to be based at any of our partner institutions: King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London for October 2024 entry.

These fellowships are aimed at aimed at providing a career development opportunity for those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. Fellowships will provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time to cover the fellow’s salary plus up to £10,000 for all other costs (e.g., travel, conference attendance, training, fieldwork, mentoring time, etc.).

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 have been the applicant’s PhD supervisor. Working with a non-academic partner is encouraged, you can see our LISS Partners here. You can see our current list of potential mentors interested in working with postdoctoral fellows here: Mentors List.  Applicants are welcome to contact staff members who are not on the mentor list.

Proposals are welcome from both single discipline or a combination of disciplines, but social sciences must make up at least 50% of your fellowship activities and must fall under one of LISS DTP’s Research Areas

The call is open to applicants who:

  • Have completed their PhD at a UK research organisation.
    Applicants are not required to have previously held an ESRC funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply.
  • Have been awarded a PhD or have passed their viva voce with minor amendments by the application deadline of 16 May 2024 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2024.
  • Have no more than 12 months full-time (or pro rata equivalent) of active postdoctoral experience by the competition closing date, 16 May 2024. This is defined as any post involving a research component – it does not include teaching-only contracts. The period is calculated between the date of the viva and 16 May 2024 (taking into account any career breaks).

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a full proposal: ESRC Application Form and all Mandatory Attachments by 16.00 on 16 May 2024 by Email to:

Applicants should also complete a Diversity Monitoring Form here:

Please read the Call specification and FAQ documents fully before applying.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline: 16.00 GMT on 16 May 2024.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in early July 2024, with final decisions being communicated to applicants by the end of July 2024. Fellowships will commence on 1 October 2024.

Find out more

Slides from the Postdoc Applicant Briefing session

If you have any queries on the scheme or application process, please contact: