Department of Political Science


ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022-23

17 November 2021

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 Department of Political Science at UCL is inviting applications for the ESRC post-doc Fellowships 2022/23. 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 and up to £10,000 of additional costs (e.g. mentoring costs, travel and subsistence, conference attendance, training, and fieldwork)

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 2022. 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 ESRC guidelines and FAQs. At the final 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 mandatory start date (1st October 2022).

At the outline stage candidates will need to submit an application via the UCL’s application system, by 23rd January 2022. UCL is expected to filter applications beforehand therefore the Department of Political Science has set their internal deadline at 9am, on 7th Jan 2022. Potential candidates should fill in the preliminary application form template and send it monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk , copying in our Head of Research, Dr Nils Metternich, n.metternich@ucl.ac.uk .

All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the research organisation where the fellowship will be 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 Department of Political Science academic who will act as mentor and who will have reviewed and commented on the candidate’s proposal before it is submitted to the department for consideration. Please also note that the mentor will be invited to contribute their letter of support via the UCL online application system.

Candidates will be informed of the departmental selection outcome by 17th January. If selected by the department, candidates will need to copy and paste from the application form template into the online application system and submit their outline to UCL. UCL will communicate outcomes by Feb 2022 and those who have been selected to apply to the funder will work with Monica Burgess on their final application and budget, in order to submit by 23rd March 2022.

If you need further info and have any questions, please contact Monica Burgess.