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.

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.

All applicants must submit a preliminary application via the FluidReview portal by Monday 20 January 2020 (23.59 GMT). Successful candidates in the preliminary round will then be invited to send a full application to the DTP by 16.00 on Monday 23 March 2020.  Academic colleagues in the DTP will consider the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by 30 June 2020.

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


ESRC PDF Call specification