ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

whiterose17-1-4The ESRC WRDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide an opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, their research and professional skills.

The posts may be based at any of the White Rose DTP 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 may be applied for to support research activities including travel, subsistence, conference attendance, training and fieldwork.


The deadline for submitting expressions of interest by email to is 5pm 26 January 2018.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their EOI by 16 February 2018, and those selected to submit full proposals will be required to submit these by 5pm Friday 23rd March 2018.  Those applicants submitting full proposals will receive support from the institution to which they intend to undertake their fellowship.

Introduction (7 - 28)The call is open to applicants who have undertaken their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC DTP or CDT, and who will have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience by the closing date for full proposals (23 March 2018), or who will have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections by the full proposal deadline of 23 March 2018, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the start of the Fellowship.

*‘PhD awarded’ is defined as the date of the confirmation of award letter from the awarding institution, following the viva and satisfactory completion of any corrections.

Fellowships will start 1 October 2018.

The White Rose DTP is running a two stage application process:

Stage 1 – Requires all potential applicants to submit an Expression of Interest Form and a short CV

The WRDTP is now closed to Expressions of Interest.  Candidates will be contacted by the institution to which they applied by 16 February with the outcome of their application.

Stage 2 – Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a full Application

Deadline: 17:00 hrs on 23 March 2018.

ESRC PDF Expression of Interest form

Applicant guidance on Expression of Interest form

Equality and Diversity monitoring form

ESCR PDF Application form


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