ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships

Notify Faculty of intention to apply by: 8 January 2024

Funder deadline: Spring 2024 (Expected)

The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership invites applications for up to six one year ESRC-funded postdoctoral fellowships to be based at one of the partner institutions: Brunel University London, the Open University or the University of Oxford. 

Fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills. Proposals are welcome from single or multi-disciplinary backgrounds but the fellowship activities must be aligned to one of the Grand Union DTP’s 23 thematic pathways and based at least 50% within the social sciences.

The total cost for each fellowship can include Fellow’s salary costs, indirect costs, estate costs, and up to a maximum of £10,000 for all other costs (to include costs such as mentoring costs, travel and subsistence, conference attendance, training, and fieldwork, for example). 

The call will be open to applicants who have undertaken their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC-funded DTP or CDT. At the application submission deadline (23 March 2023), 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 start date.

Grants are restricted to those with no more than 12 months active postdoctoral experience, between passing their viva and the application deadline.

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As the DTP structure was under review in 2023, there has been a delay in announcing the deadline for the 2024 scheme's timeline until January 2024, but we are expecting a Spring 2024 deadline.


Internal selection process 
The Faculty of Law will be limited in the number of applications it will be able to submit and is therefore expected to hold an internal selection process. Provisional plans are that candidates will be asked to submit an outline proposal consisting of a 2-page CV, a 2-page proposal and a supporting statement of at least 1 page from a potential mentor who is a current member of the Law Faculty. These outline proposals will need to be forwarded to Research Administration at

The deadline for outline proposals will be 5pm, Monday 8th January 2024