Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Scheme is aimed at providing a career development opportunity for 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.

The ESRC have awarded funding to the NWSSDTP to support up to seven Postdoctoral Fellowships per annum, which must take place at one of the NWSSDTP institutions (Keele University, Lancaster University, University of Liverpool or University of Manchester).

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT (not necessarily the NWSSDTP) and who are within 12 months of completing their PhD. At the submission deadline for the full application (23rd 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.

The NWSSDTP runs a two stage application process for ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest and Equal Opportunities form by the 25th January 2023:

Successful applicants will be notified by the 9th February, and invited to submit a full application by the 23rd March 2023:

Full applications will only be accepted from candidates who first submitted a successful EOI.

Any queries about the scheme should be directed to

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