Apply for a SeNSS ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The 2019/20 Post-Doctoral Fellowship competition is now open!

 
 

SeNSS offers six ESRC-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowships (PDFs) each year. These provide an opportunity to consolidate their PhDs through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

WHAT IS ON OFFER?

The PDF grants provide funding for up to one year full-time, or up to two years part-time. In exceptional cases, applicants can apply for a fellowship for up to 18 months; however, this must be fully justified by the programme of activities being proposed.

Fellowships cover:

  • the Fellow's salary costs;

  • indirect costs;

  • estate costs; and,

  • up to £10,000 of other costs.

We particularly encourage applications from applicants whose proposal is aligned with UKRI/ESRC industrial strategy. For the last competition, the ESRC defined alignment as either addressing specific skills gaps (AQM or data skills/science) or as entailing direct engagement with a business or industry partner. 

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A SeNSS ESRC-FUNDED PDF?

This call is open to those who have:

1) completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a current ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) or Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). A list of these DTPS and CDTs is available at the bottom of the ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellowships web page; AND,

2) by the application deadline (22 March 2019), either been awarded a PhD or submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce (or passed with minor corrections), with the expectation that their PhD will be awarded by the Fellowship start date (1 October 2019); AND,

3) no more than 12 months of active post-doctoral experience. This 12 month period is calculated from the viva being passed to the closing date of the competition, 22 March 2019.

 

WHICH UNIVERSITIES CAN I APPLY TO?

The SeNSS Consortium consists of the following ten universities:

·         City, University London

·         University of East Anglia

·         University of Essex

·         Goldsmiths, University of London

·         University of Kent

·         Reading University

·         Roehampton University

·         Royal Holloway, University of London

·         University of Surrey

·         University of Sussex

 

WHICH PATHWAYS OR DISCIPLINES CAN I APPLY FOR?

SeNSS offers Post-Doctoral Fellowships across 13 Pathways, which are discipline-based:

·         Business and Management Studies (offered by City, UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway,

              Surrey and Sussex);

·         Development Studies (offered by UEA, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey and Sussex);

·         Economics (offered by City, UEA, Essex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey and Sussex);

·         Education (offered by UEA, Goldsmiths, Reading, Roehampton and Sussex);

·         Human Geography (offered by UEA, Reading, Royal Holloway and Sussex);

·         Linguistics (offered by UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading and Surrey);

·         Politics and International Relations (offered by UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway

              and Sussex);

·         Psychology (offered by UEA, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Sussex);

·         Science, Technology, and Sustainability Studies (offered by UEA, Kent, Surrey and Sussex);

·         Social Anthropology (offered by UEA, Goldsmiths, Kent, Roehampton and Sussex);

·         Social Work and Social Policy (offered by UEA, Kent and Sussex);

·         Socio-Legal Studies (offered by UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading and Sussex); and,

·         Sociology (offered by City, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent and Sussex).

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A PDF? 

  • Please read the ESRC’s documents (see below) carefully, and ensure you are eligible for a PDF.

  • If you are eligible, start thinking about, and drafting your topic and programme of work.

  • At the same time, think about who would be best-suited to mentoring you during your PDF, and make contact with that senior academic.

  • Once you have a draft of your topic and your proposed mentor has agreed to work with you, please contact the SeNSS Administrative Lead at the university you would like to be based at. The Lead will provide you with the link to FluidReview (SeNSS’s online application portal), and the access code you will need to create your application.

  • Submit your expression of interest to the Administrative Lead by 16.00 GMT on 20 January 2019. The form is available here.

  • Submit your full application via FluidReview by 16.00 GMT on 22 March 2019.

ESRC PDF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

The ESRC has issued the following documents for PDFs starting in October 2019:

ESRC Call Specification - sets out what is included in a PDF awards, the eligibility criteria, what is required in the application etc

ESRC PDF FAQs - provides answers to questions about PDF awards

ESRC PDF application form - please note that SeNSS will only accept online applications, via its FluidReview portal. However, the ESRC template form is included here to give you an idea of what is required of you should you decided to submit an application.

For an example of an excellent PDF application, please click here. Our thanks to one of our current Fellows, who has allowed parts of her application to be shared with prospective applicants.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUERIES?

If you have any queries, please contact the SeNSS administrative lead at the SeNSS partner university you plan to apply to, email the SeNSS office, at admin@senss-dtp.ac.uk.