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SCDTP Research Fellow

Faculty of Social Sciences

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942
Full Time Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date:  Tuesday 23 March 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1316320A5

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship (PDF) to be based at the University Highfield Campus alongside the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. 

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. The PDF call forms part of ESRC’s strategy to supporting early career researchers.

This opportunity is open to applicants who are within 12 months of completing their PhD* and who have completed their PhD at a research organisation (RO) that is part of an ESRC DTP or CDT.  At the submission deadline, 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 (1st October 2021).

All applications must include all mandatory attachments detailed below alongside the standard application form, more details of which can be found on the South Coast DTP website

Please submit each item listed below as a separate document alongside the application form. 

- SCDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Form (attached below)

- Case for Support (maximum six sides of A4)

- Justification of Resources

- CV

- List of publications

- Head of Department Statement (Maximum one side of A4)

- Mentor Statement and Summary CV

- Referee Statement (in addition to reference information provided on your application)

- Workplan

- Other attachments:

  • Data management plan
  • If you are intending to visit an overseas institution within the period of the fellowship, a letter of support from the institution must be provided, supporting the visit in principle

- No other additional attachments will be accepted, and your proposal may be returned or rejected if you include attachments that are not permitted under this call or if any of the mandatory attachments are missing.

The South Coast DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of ESRC by June 2021.

Call specification and FAQs can be found on the South Coast DTP website, however for queries related to the call, please contact

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application. This reference system is automated so please ensure you provide the correct email address and allow time for these to be received, prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1316320A5 on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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