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Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Our Department has a successful record of sponsoring and hosting outstanding candidates for prestigious post-doctoral fellowship competitions. There are a variety of funding routes for the schemes, and we welcome eligible applicants of the highest calibre from all backgrounds, genders, or ethnicities. The Department is sometimes restricted in the number of candidates it may submit to a particular scheme, and in all cases, we must assess whether we can offer candidates an appropriate fit for their research interests and career needs.

Initially, you will want to contact an academic member of staff with cognate research interests to discuss the possibility of applying. We expect to work with applicants in revising a draft application. For this reason, we ask you to be honest if you are exploring an application to the same scheme with another sponsor; we hope that our time invested in your application is balanced with the likelihood you will apply through us. In many cases, we will work with you on draft applications in advance of funders announcing a current round of  schemes; we suggest you base a draft on the most recent published guidance and adjust in light of the eventual call for funding.

If you would like to express interest in applying for one or more of the Fellowships please contact Dr Julie Marfany, Deputy Director of Research (Grants) at and Zoe Gardiner at


Open now -ESRC Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP) – Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

Unlike other post-docs, the aim here is to consolidate existing research, so publish an article from the PhD or similar. Only 25% of the time may be spent on new research. Applicants must have completed a PhD at a UK institution, but they do not need to have been funded by the ESRC

Candidates are advised to read the call specification and FAO pages carefully

The deadline for applications to NINEDTP is 16:00 on 16 May 2024. While there is no formal internal process at department level, a statement of support is still required, so we encourage applicants to submit a proposal to us in good time both to arrange a statement of support, and to ensure department fit and provide feedback. Please get in touch with Dr Julie Marfany if you are intending to apply for this scheme.