ESRC DTP Postdoctoral Fellowships 2024

The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (GUDTP) is pleased to invite applications for ESRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellowships to commence 1 October 2024. They will be based at one of our three partner institutions: Brunel University London, The Open University or the University of Oxford.

Fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career. Salaries will be commensurate with this early career researcher stage. The grant gives fellows the opportunity to consolidate their PhD research through developing publications, networks, and professional skills.

Proposals are welcome from single or multi-disciplinary backgrounds but the fellowship activities must be aligned to one of the Grand Union DTP’s 23 Thematic Pathways and be based at least 50% within the social sciences.

The DTP expects to award a total of four one-year Fellowships across the three partner institutions.

Information about the Call and FAQs are available here: Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership Postdoctoral Fellowships.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a UK research organisation, and the fellowship must be held at a UK research organisation that is part of a DTP. Applicants are eligible for funding whether or not they are established members of the research organisation at which they are applying. Applicants are not required to have previously held an ESRC-funded scholarship in order to be eligible to apply. 

To be eligible applicants must:

  • At the application deadline (16 May 2024), 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 of 1 October 2024.
  • Have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience since passing their viva voce (allowing for career breaks) by 16 May 2024.


SAME Application Process 2024

The School is able to nominate one application to this scheme. We will therefore be running a departmental selection process.

Candidates must first ensure that they meet the Grand Union DTP eligibility requirements for this call (see above). Candidates must also seek and approach a mentor or sponsor who is an academic member of the School who is willing and able to act as a mentor during the duration of the fellowship.

Candidates must then submit the following documents to by midday on 20th March 2024:

  • The Expression of Interest Application Form found on the Grand Union DTP page here
  • A statement of support from the proposed SAME mentor (maximum 1 side A4)
  • A covering email, detailing your doctoral institution, date of PhD completion, and to which of the Grand Union DTP’s 23 thematic pathways the proposal will be aligned.

Candidates who wish to be hosted at the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography (SAME) are welcome to get in touch with us at with any questions. Prospective mentors are also welcome to contact us to clarify what the role involves.

Applicants will be informed by 11 April 2024 whether or not they have been selected by the School to submit an application in full to the GUDPT.

Timeline for selected candidate:

If invited by the School to submit a full application, the SAME Research Support team will work with the nominee to complete a full application by the GUDTP deadline of 16 May 2024. The GUDTP will not accept applications submitted directly by candidates who have not been selected by a host department. Applicants will need to submit 9-10 documents with their application. 

In order to support ESRC equality and diversity monitoring, full stage applicants are also asked to complete and return an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, separately to the main application. Information received will be anonymised, will not form part of any selection process and will not be disclosed to the selection panel or department/academic unit.

The Grand Union DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of the ESRC by end of June 2024. ESRC funded fellowships will then commence on 1 October 2024.