ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

The UCL, Bloomsbury and East London DTP invites applications for six postdoctoral fellowships (PDFs) to be based within departments at the partner institutions within the DTP: University College London, Birkbeck, the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the University of East London.

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.

The PDF call 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 submission deadline, 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.

At least one of the awards must be: (a) in the area of advanced quantitative methods and data skills/science; or (b) a programme of activities that involves direct engagement with partners in business or industry such as a placement opportunity or the development of a collaboration research project.

All applicants must submit a completed proposal to the DTP along with the required attachments by 16.00 on 23 March 2018. The DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by June 2018.

The full list of DTPs and CDTs who are eligible to receive proposals and award fellowships can be found here:

For more information on the application process at the UBEL DTP, please read the guidance notes below. If you have any queries, please contact

UBEL DTP Guidance for PDF Applicants 2018

A information session on the PDF scheme and application through the UBEL DTP was held Thursday 1 February 2018. The slides from this session are available to download and you can watch the presentation on UCL MediaCentral.

For queries regarding other DTPs and CDTs, please contact them directly.


ESRC PDF Call specification

The portal for applications is now open: UCL FluidReview

The application form below is for information purposes to show what is required to apply, and covers exactly the details that will be requested by the online submission system.

Updated PDF application form

*please note the change in guidance. The 12 months is now between the date of the viva to the date of the closing date of the competition. At the point of application the applicant must have passed subject to corrections. Corrections must be completed by the start of the Fellowship.