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 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, 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 deadline for applications for October 2020 entry is the 23rd March 2020.

Please note that there will be an initial NWSSDTP Expression of Interest phase, the paperwork for which will be available here by the 13th December 2019. The deadline will be in early February.

Those who successfully pass the EOI Phase will be invited to submit a full application. The full application paperwork can be found below:

Any queries about the scheme should be directed to


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