ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Competition 2021/22
The 2021/22 competition has now closed for Stage 2 applications. The final review stages are now underway and applicants will be informed of outcomes in line with the revised competition timeline.
Due to industrial action during 2022, the competition timeline has been revised accordingly, affecting some of the dates we update applicants on the outcome of their applications.
The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is delighted to announce the launch of the 2021/22 ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) Competition.
Six Postdoctoral Fellowships are available from the SGSSS-DTP to start in October 2022. All Fellows are required to have a mentor based at the institution where the Fellowship is held. The mentor should have experience and a strong interest in the applicant’s field of research but should not normally be the applicant’s PhD supervisor. We anticipate that many applicants will identify potential mentors independently, or with advice from previous supervisors/academic contacts. However, should candidates need assistance in identifying a suitable mentor, they should get in touch with your relevant HEI Champion or alternatively contact SGSSS directly.
Applicants to Scottish institutions should note that the SGSSS-DTP has a two-stage application process (see below for full details). Only applicants successful at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full application at Stage 2:
- Stage 1 Application Deadline: 4pm, 13 January 2022
- Stage 2 Application Deadline: 4pm, 6 April 2022 (was 23 March)
This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at an institution that is part of a DTP, and must be held at one of the 12 institutions that form the SGSSS-DTP, aligned to an accredited pathway (see here for the SGSSS pathways).
Applicants are not required to have previously held an ESRC-funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply.
To be eligible applicants must:
- Have been awarded a PhD or have passed their viva voce with minor amendments completed by 23 March 2022 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2022
- Have no more than 12 months active postdoctoral experience since passing their viva voce (allowing for career breaks) by 23 March 2022
- Permanent members of staff in an academic position with a research component are not eligible for this scheme. If a candidate has previously been employed on a part-time basis, that employment can be calculated pro-rata
This call welcomes proposals from those returning to research following a career break, however applicants are required to meet the eligibility criterion of having no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience.
Competition Guidance 2021/22
Only nominated applicants should submit a Stage 2 Application.
Stage 1 applications have now closed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Stage 1 application on Monday 21 February 2022.
Contact your Mentor
Candidate: Before submitting your Stage 1 application, you must first seek out a Mentor at the institution you are applying to. If you do not have a Mentor in mind, see here for a list of HEI Champions who should be able to point you in the right direction.
Mentor: Please check the eligibility of the Candidate and support them to produce their Stage 1 application. As part of this application we ask Mentors to provide a Mentor Statement of Support for the Candidate to upload alongside their Stage 1 application. This should be a more generalised version of the Mentor Statement required for Stage 2 applications (if a candidate is shortlisted) and should not exceed 500 words (see the ESRC PDF Call Specification for more details). Please note, a Mentor CV is only required at Stage 2.
Stage 1 Application (Expression of Interest)
Initial Candidate Selection
Institutions will review all Stage 1 applications internally (HEI Review Stage). Candidates will be notified of their application status on Monday 21 February 2022. Successful candidates will be invited to submit a Stage 2 application.
Final Candidate Selection
SGSSS will review all applications in a further two-stage review process (Peer Review Stage and Final Selection Review Stage). Candidates will be notified of their application status after the Peer Review Stage (on or around 17 May 2022) and after the Final Selection Review Stage (on or around 23 June 2022). Feedback will be provided for all Stage 2 applicants.
Institutions will appoint PDFs, working together with SGSSS to ensure that an induction, as well as continued mentoring and support is provided.