The Grand Union Doctoral Training Parternship is pleased to invite applications for ESRC-funded postdoctoral Fellowships to commence 1 October 2019. They will be based at one of our partner institutions: Brunel University London, The Open University or the University of Oxford. The DTP expects to award six, one-year Fellowships, at least one of which must be aligned with the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, either by addressing skills gaps (eg. through use of advanced quantitative methods and/or data skills) or a programme of activities that involves direct engagement with partners in business and industry (eg. project collaboration or a placement).
Fellowships are aimed at 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. Proposals are welcome from single or multi-disciplinary backgrounds but the fellowship activities must be aligned to one of the Grand Union DTP’s 24 thematic pathways and based at least 50% within the social sciences.
Grants will cover salary costs and candidates can apply for up to £10,000 to support mentoring costs and additional research activity (eg. travel conference attendance, training, and fieldwork). As a general guide, mentor costs will be around £4,000 and candidates can apply for around £6,000 for additional activity.
The call will be open to applicants who have undertaken their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC-funded DTP or CDT. At the application submission deadline (22 March 2019), 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.
Grants are restricted to those with no more than 12 months active postdoctoral experience, between passing their viva and the application deadline of 22 March 2019.
Full details on the scheme are available below in the ESRC Call Specification and FAQ Documents. Candidates should identify the DTP pathway to which they would be aligned and consult the relevant department/academic unit about potential applications to ensure compliance with any internal deadlines. Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the University where the Fellowship is held. If you need help identifying a suitable mentor, please contact the relevant Pathway Lead.
An application form and required documents must be submitted as a single pdf via the relevant department/academic unit by 16.00 on 22 March 2019 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to support ESRC equality and diversity monitoring, applicants are also asked to optionally 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 June 2018.
The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography supports postdoctoral and ‘early career’ fellowships from internal applicants and from applicants outside of Oxford.
If you are interested in making an application, the first step is to seek a mentor or sponsor who is an academic member of the School. You must have the agreement of both the individual academic and the School in order to make an application. Once you have identified a mentor, contact our Research Co-ordinator who will provide further information.
It is strongly recommended that you contact the School in good time (8-10 weeks before funder deadline) if you wish to make an application to a particular scheme or schemes. Links to the funder schemes usually supported by SAME are given below. The list is not exhaustive and other schemes may be considered.
Step 1. Obtaining support (note that there is often a scheme-specific deadline and gathered field evaluation for this step)
All prospective applicants must initially provide:
a summary of the intended project (1-2 A4 pages max)
details of the funding scheme (or a link to the online details)
a brief statement of support from the mentor
The proposal will be considered by the Research Committee which recommends support or otherwise to the School. All applications will be assessed on academic merit, the viability of the proposed research project, the extent to which the work fits with existing interests of the research cluster, and the extent to which the research speaks to broader interests within SAME. For calls attracting a gathered field, applications will be ranked. The School will also consider its research priorities and resource or space implications when reaching a decision and it does not necessarily support all applications. Please note that School funding in support of post-doctoral positions is not normally available.
Step 2. The application
All external funding applications require the support and approval of both the School and the University’s Research Services Office (RSO). Therefore internal deadlines for completion of the application are usually at least two weeks earlier than the funder deadline. The Research Development Officer will assist in completing the financial information for your application.
We strongly recommend that you engage your mentor in the application process and consider carefully any feedback. You should visit the relevant section of the funding body’s website and regularly check it for any changes to the scheme or the funding rules.