ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications for the LISS DTP ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2020 start are now closed.

The information below related to the 2020 competition and will give those thinking of applying in 2021 an indication of the process.  It should be used for general guidance only and will be updated later in the year.

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 or CDT and
  • have no more than 12 months full-time (or pro rata equivalent) of active postdoctoral experience by the competition closing date (23 March 2020). 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 23 March 2020 (taking into account any career breaks).
  • Applicants do not have to have had an ESRC-funded doctoral studentship in order to be eligible to apply.
  • At the submission deadline (23 March 2020), 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 (1 October 2020).

Please note that the ESRC do not consider these fellowships to meet the definition of independence required for post-holders to be submitted in the forthcoming REF exercise. 

All applicants must submit a completed application (ESRC application form and mandatory attachments) by 16.00 on 23 March 2020 by email to LISS DTP:
Applicants should also complete a Diversity Monitoring Form here:

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in May 2020, with final decisions being communicated to applicants by 26 June 2020.
Fellowships will commence on 1st October 2020.

  • Full details about this Call are available here: [PDF] [Doc]
  • A list of institutions where applicants must have completed their PhD can be found here: [PDF]
  • A list of Frequently Asked Questions and associated answers can be found here: [PDF] [Doc]
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Application form [PDF] [Doc]

For queries, please contact

Last updated – 25 November 2019