How to Apply

Applying for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Fellowship proposal

Fellows’ actual programmes or proposed programme of activities should reflect their prior knowledge and experience and be designed to support their longer-term research career aspirations. Activities could include but are not limited to:

  • producing publications in order to help establish track record
  • engaging with a range of different audiences to communicate research findings
  • building networks to develop impact opportunities and inform and support further development
  • collaborating with users through an internship or placement to help develop professional and transferrable skills and understanding of users’ organisations, provided they are an integral part of the fellowship
  • further training to improve research and related skills
  • developing funding proposals
  • carrying out further limited research (up to 25% of the programme of work) related to their PhD
  • teaching, if this is aligned with the wider purposes of the fellowship (up to a maximum of six hours per week)
  • research visits to internationally leading research organisations, either in the UK or abroad, for the purposes of research collaboration, training, and access to data or other resources not available at the applicant’s host organisation.

What to include with the application

The following documents must be uploaded in order for your application to be considered:

  • ESRC DTP Form outlining objectives, summary, beneficiaries, ethical information and resources required (please use pro forma provided HERE)
  • Case for support (maximum six sides of A4)
  • Justification of resources (maximum of two sides of A4)
  • CV (maximum two sides of A4)
  • Head of Department statement (maximum one side of A4)
  • Mentor statement and summary CV combined (maximum two sides of A4)
  • Referee statement (maximum two sides of A4)
  • Workplan (maximum two sides of A4)
  • List of publications (where cited in the proposal)
  • Data management plan – mandatory where new datasets will be generated as part of the fellowship (maximum three sides of A4)
    Fully completed applications submitted with all required supporting documentation will be reviewed by Cambridge ESRC DTP Management Executive Group, who will then allocate seven fellowships, to commence 1 October 2023.

The DTP Management Executive Group has responsibility for selecting the best candidates for the Fellowships. Candidates will be advised that they have been selected to proceed, and will then be responsible for completing a formal application to ESRC via the online JeS application system.

The formal application will go via the chosen home Department, who will manage the award and associated contractual matters.

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