The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to invite applications for ESRC-funded postdoctoral Fellowships to commence 1 October 2019.

The ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships will be based at one of our 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, 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.

The DTP expects to award six 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).


The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of an ESRC-funded DTP or CDT. At the application 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.

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship to be held in the Department of Economics then please submit an expression of interest to Eleonora Fulcini by 18 February 2019, candidates to be supported by the Department will be notified by the 25 February.

 Expressions of interest to include the following documents:

  • · Reference letter
  • · Outline Case for Support
  • · CV (including publications)

The full application form and required documents must be submitted as a single pdf via the Department of Economics by 22 March 2019.

Full details on the scheme and application process may be found on the Grand Union DTP website and in the below documents:


Mandatory Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions