The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership invites applications for 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. 

The DTP expects to award six, one-year Fellowships, at least one of which must be aligned with the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, either by addressing skills gaps (eg. through use of advanced quantitative methods and/or data skills) or a programme of activities that involves direct engagement with partners in business and industry (eg. project collaboration or a placement).

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 24 thematic pathways and based at least 50% within the social sciences.

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 2020), 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 of 23 March 2020.

Visit the Grand Union website for full details


Internal selection process 

Each department or faculty in Oxford is only able to submit three applications. The Law Faculty will therefore have an internal deadline based on outline proposals and the three selected applicants will then receive additional support to complete their applications. The outline proposal for the Faculty deadline should consist of a 2-page CV, a 2-page proposal and a supporting statement from a potential mentor - a current member of the Law Faculty.

The Law Faculty deadline for outline proposals will be Thursday 13th February  2020. These should be sent to Karen Eveleigh at

Applicants will be informed within a couple of days if they have been shortlisted and if the Faculty is able to support a full application to the Doctoral Training Partnership.


Faculty expression of interest: 6 February 2020 

Faculty deadline: 13 February 2020  

Funder (Doctoral Training Partnership) deadline: 23 March 2020