ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020

The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for six postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the five partner institutions of the DTP:

University College London
Birkbeck, University of London
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
SOAS, University of London
University of East London


Fellowships are 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. The PDF call also forms part of ESRC’s strategy to supporting early career researchers and will be delivered through the national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who are within 12 months of having completed their PhD. At the final submission deadline of 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.

Application Process

Our 2020 Guide for applying

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Call


Industrial Strategy
One fellowship will be ring-fenced for alignment to the Industrial Strategy. Alignment can be demonstrated by addressing skills gaps in AQM or data science, or where the proposed programme activities involves collaboration with a private sector partner.


Preliminary Application CLOSED
Second Round 23/03/2020 4pm
Expected results release 30/06/2020

Clarification of Referee Statement Length

Thank you to all who have been in touch regarding the discrepancy between the PDF call specification and application form in respect of the maximum length of the Referee Statement.

We can confirm that the maximum length for the Referee Statement is two sides of A4. Apologies for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.