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ESRC DTP Postdoctoral Fellowships

** We are aware that, for some institutions, there is strike action planned that goes across the closing date of 23 March 2022 for this year’s PDF scheme.

If you are unable to obtain supporting documentation before the 23 March as a result of strike action, please upload a holding document (eg. word document that states DOCUMENT TO FOLLOW - DELAYED DUE TO STRIKE ACTION) in order to still be able to submit your application by the deadline. 

Please email the missing documents to by 6 April 2022 at the latest.

Eligibility will continue to be based on the original closing date of 23 March 2022 and will not be extended. **

Cambridge ESRC DTP is pleased to launch the latest call for applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Up to seven fellowships are available for October 2022.

For information about the application process and the online form please click on the link below

How to Apply

Deadline for applications: 16:00 on 23 March 2022

    About the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme

    Each year the Cambridge ESRC DTP invites applications for up to six Postdoctoral Fellowships, to be based within the Cambridge ESRC DTP's participating departments.

    The Fellowship is intended to provide support to those who are within 12 months of completing their PhD, to support them in consolidating their PhD, and preparing them for the next stage of their research careers. For the majority this is likely to be a research career in academia; however, those with a clearly articulated programme of activities to support their transition to a research career outside of academia (eg a researcher in public, private, or civil society organisations) will also be considered.

    The grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time to give fellows time to prepare for a successful career in research either within or beyond academia.

    Applications can be supported on a part-time basis, but Fellows must devote 100% of their contracted time to the Fellowship. This can include contributions to teaching, subject to restrictions specified by ESRC.

    Fellowships are bound by the same conditions as ESRC standard grants:


    • Applicants must have completed their PhD at one of the eligible DTP institutions but they do not need to have held an ESRC-funded doctoral studentship in order to apply.
    • Fellowships must be based within one of the 28 participating Departments of the Cambridge ESRC DTP.
    • Fellowships are open to all applicants (Home and international);
    • There are no residential restrictions beyond the grant holder being resident in the UK for the period of the fellowship award.
    • Applicants must:
      • Have been awarded a PhD or have passed their viva voce with minor amendments by the application deadline of 23 March 2022 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2022;
      • Have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience since passing their viva voce (allowing for career breaks) by 23 March 2022.

    Applicants who have passed their viva voce with major corrections will be able to apply to the following year’s call when their PhD has been awarded. This is to ensure that all fellows are able to commence by the annual start date of 1 October.


    • All Fellows are required to have a mentor based within their respective research departments. The mentor should not normally be the applicant’s PhD supervisor. 
    • To familiarise themselves with the interests of academic staff within the Cambridge ESRC DTP’s participating departments, applicants are advised to visit the staff pages of relevant Departmental websites and the Mentor section above.
    • A mentor should have the skills and experience relevant to the aims of the fellowship and the expertise to assist the fellow in achieving the goals and activities of their fellowship.  Consequently, we envisage that mentors would normally be at Professorial, Reader or Senior Lecturer level, ideally with 3 years’ experience as a PI or PhD supervisor, or have experience of supporting postdocs.


    How to Apply