Liss DTP

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications for October 2023 are CLOSED.

The London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP is inviting applications for seven 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.

These fellowships are aimed at 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 of additional 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. Proposals are welcome from both single disciplines and combinations of disciplines but the fellowship activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall under one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways:

The call is open to applicants who:

  • Have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC-funded DTP –see a list of DTPs here.
    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 23rd March 2023 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2023.
  • Have no more than 12 months full-time (or pro rata equivalent) of active postdoctoral experience by the competition closing date, 23rd March 2023. 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 23rd March 2023 (taking into account any career breaks).

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a completed proposal: ESRC Application Form and all Mandatory Attachments by 16.00 on 23rd March 2023 by email to:
Applicants should also complete a Diversity Monitoring Form here:

Applications must be submitted by the deadline: 16.00 GMT on 23rd March 2023.

Due to the current strike action and the impact this may have on applicants obtaining all of the supporting documentation in time, we will accept supporting documents submitted after the closing date of 23 March 2023. The Case for Support must be submitted by the closing date, 23 March, but we will accept other supporting documentation if it is submitted by 6 April 2023 at the very latest.

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in May 2023, with final decisions being communicated to applicants by the end of June 2023. Fellowships will commence on 1 October 2023.

Find out more

Slides from the LISS Postdoctoral Fellowships applicant briefing session held on 16 Jan 2023 can be found here:  LISS PDF Applicant Briefing 2023

If you have any queries, please contact: