Question: What is "active post-doctoral experience"?

The ESRC describes active postdoctoral experience as any research post that is undertaken since passing the viva. You must have no more than 12 months experience in a research post at the time of the closing date of the competition.



Question: How much funding can I apply for?

There is no maximum limit on the overall amount applied for, but there is a £10,000 limit on costs (excluding the fellow’s salary, as well as associated indirect and estate costs). In addition, 10% of the total amount applied for must be set aside for impact costs. Please bear in mind that the ESRC will only pay 80% of the full economic costing of the fellowship, and the host institution is expected to pay the remaining 20%.



Question: a number of sections in the application form have 4,000 character limits. Does this include or exclude spaces?

The 4,000 character limit includes spaces. The ESRC has set this limit as it mirrors the limits on the Je-S system that successful applicants will need to complete.