Department of Political Science


ESRC Post Doc Fellowship call 2020/21

2 December 2019

The Department of Political Science, UCL, is inviting applications for the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships award.


ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships award.

ESRC Postdoctoral 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. Fellows must spend 100% of their working time (whether full-time or part-time) on the fellowship and cannot take any secondary paid employment during the course of the grant. Fellowships will provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time to cover the fellow’s salary plus up to £10,000 of additional costs (e.g., travel, conference attendance, training, fieldwork, mentoring time, etc.).

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a Doctoral Training Centre and who are within 12 months of having completed their PhD. The 12 months period is calculated from the date of the viva (passed or passed with minor corrections) to the closing date of the full stage application, which is 23rd March 2020. In calculating the 12 months the funder will make allowance for career breaks, where the applicant has interrupted their career for family, health or other personal reasons’. More on eligibility rules in the guidelines and FAQs.

Before they can submit the full stage application, candidates will need to submit an outline application by 20th January 2020 on the UCL’s application system for this call, fluidreview. We are expected to filter applications beforehand, therefore the department has set the internal deadline at 9am, 10th Jan 2020. Potential candidates should fill the ‘preliminary application form’ and send it to monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk, copying in Dr Lisa Vanhala, l.vanhala@ucl.ac.uk. Candidates will be informed of the departmental selection as soon as possible, and well before the outline is due in January.

All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the research organisation where the fellowship is held. The mentor should have experience and a strong interest in the applicant’s field of research but should not normally have been the applicant’s PhD supervisor. Therefore candidates must have the support of a Political Science Department member of staff who will act as the mentor and who will have reviewed and commented on the candidate’s proposal before it is submitted to the department for consideration. Also please note that the mentor details will need to be included in the outline application and the mentor will need to provide a confirmation letter that they’re willing to support the application.

Any questions, please contact monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk or lisa.vanhala@ucl.ac.uk