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.

Applications should be submitted to by 16:00 on the 22nd March 2019. Please find the application paperwork below:

Queries about the scheme should be directed to

Research Support Office Contact Details

Applicants should contact the relevant institutional Research Support Office well before the deadline to discuss the costings and support letters. Contact details can be found below:

Keele University

Mike Hession, Research Development Manager (

Lancaster University

Pre-award costing team (

University of Liverpool

University of Liverpool RSO Contacts

University of Manchester

Jonathan Starbrook, Head of Faculty Research Support Services (

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