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.

We particularly encourage proposals that involve the use of advanced quantitative methods (AQM) or data analysis.

All applicants must submit a preliminary application via the FluidReview portal by 21 January 2019. Successful candidates in the preliminary round will then need to send a completed full application to the DTP along with the required attachments by 16.00 on 22 March 2019. The DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by 28 June 2019.

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 2019


ESRC PDF Call specification