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The 2023 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships competition is open

Further details: 
Application deadline: 16.00 on 23 March 2023. 
LISS DTP invites applications for seven ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) to commence from 1st October 2023 to be held at King’s College London, Queen Mary University of London, or Imperial College London. These provide an opportunity for those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, networks, and research and professional skills.

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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 (eg travel, conference attendance, training, fieldwork, mentoring time, etc.).  
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. Proposals are welcome from both single disciplines and combinations of disciplines but the fellowship activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences and must fall under one of LISS DTP’s Thematic Pathways:
The call is open to applicants who: 

  • Have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC-funded DTP – please see a list of DTPs. Applicants are not required to have previously held an ESRC funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply. 
  • Have been awarded a PhD or have passed their viva voce with minor amendments by the application deadline of 23 March 2023 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2023.
  • Have no more than 12 months full-time (or pro rata equivalent) of active postdoctoral experience by the competition closing date, 23 March 2023.  

The Call specification, Frequently Asked Questions and Application Form are available on the LISS DTP website:  
You can also find out more about our current and alumni PDFs here: Current Postdoctoral Fellows - LISS DTP ( 
If you have any queries, please email:  
The deadline for applications is 16.00 on 23 March 2023. 



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