The Global Challenges Research Fund is a £1.5 billion funding stream to support cutting edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and will be awarded according to official ODA guidelines.

The ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme provides a career development opportunity for those at a relatively early stage of their academic career who can demonstrate great potential in social science research, with an international development focus. These awards form a key part of ESRC’s strategy to achieve the aims of GCRF and to promote excellence in UK social science capacity-building.

Five of these fellowships will be available at the University of Oxford.

Fellowship proposals must be 'ODA compliant' (further information enclosed in the call guidance). It is essential that applicants explain how their proposed plan of work is directly and primarily relevant to the development challenges of DAC listed country/countries.


For more information on this scheme please visit the Social Sciences website and read the call guidance.


Funder Deadline9th September 2016
Research Services Deadlinen/a
Law Faculty Deadline for first draft review28th August 2016
Law Faculty Deadline for initial expression of interest19th August 2016