Department of Political Science


ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019

26 November 2018

The Department of Political Science, UCL, is inviting applications for the ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships award: https://ubel-dtp.ac.uk/postdoctoral-fellowships-2/. 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. 


The grant provides 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. Part-time grants are for applicants whose normal working hours are part-time and not for applicants who wish to hold the fellowship and continue other employment. 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.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a Doctoral Training Centre (https://esrc.ukri.org/skills-and-careers/doctoral-training/doctoral-training-centres/doctoral-training-centre-dtc-contacts/ ) 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 22nd March 2019. 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 can be found in the call’s guidelines.

Before they can submit the full stage application, candidates will need to submit an outline application by 21st January 2019. The Department of Political Science is expected to filter applications and therefore have set an internal deadline on 4th January 2019, 5pm. Potential candidates should fill in the ‘preliminary application form’ and send it to Monica Burgess, monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk, copying in Dr. Lisa Vanhala, l.vanhala@ucl.ac.uk. 

The department encourages potential candidates to get in touch with their chosen mentors as soon as possible:  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/political-science/people. If you have any questions, please do get in touch with monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk