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Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships

The School of Social and Political Science welcomes applications for Postdoctoral Research. This page gives details about the most frequently-applied for Postdoctoral Fellowship schemes, general guidance about how to start the application process, and information about School approval. 

Please note that all postdoctoral fellowship applications must be approved by the School prior to submission.

On this page:

  • Main Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes
  • General Guidance
  • School Approval

Main Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes

The most commonly-applied for schemes are:

This page gives general guidance; please also see the scheme-specific pages.

If you have further questions about your postdoctoral application once you have read through these pages, please contact the SSPS Research Office.

General Guidance

  • Once you decide to apply for a postdoctoral research fellowship, you will need to identify and approach a potential mentor, and discuss your application with them. You should do this as early in the application process as possible.  The Research Office have sample texts which may be used by the mentors when completing their sections for the application form.  School policy is that all postdoctoral fellows have a mentor, even where this is not a requirement of the fellowship scheme. 
  • Let the SSPS Research Office know that you are planning to submit a postdoctoral fellowship application.
  • Contact Research Support Office (RSO), rso.cahss@ed.ac.uk.  RSO is the University's central research support service; the staff there will be able to provide help with costings. 
  • RSO will provide your salary costings, your mentor's salary costings (where appropriate), and estates and indirect costings (where appropriate). You will need to provide other costings yourself, for example for research costs such as fieldwork, necessary equipment, or conference attendance  A good place to start is by looking at examples of past successful applications.
  • When application forms refer to 'Head of Department' this should be understood as 'Head of School'. Research Office/Legal Representative on an application form refers to RSO
  • If you wish to see any past successful applications , please contact us.  Bear in mind that application forms may change.
  • Note that all applications must be approved by Head of School - including outline applications. Please do not submit your application until approval has been obtained.

School Approval

All applications must be approved by Head of School. To obtain approval, please submit the following to the SSPS Research Office:

  1. A completed application form (or a very nearly completed application with FINAL costings). 
  2. A School ethics self-assessment, done in conjunction with your mentor.   The procedure is normally very simple: see the School ethics pages for details.  Please note that this must be done in addition to any ethical statements required within the PDRF application.

You will be informed by email when your application has been approved.You must allow sufficient time (at least a week) for School approval to be obtained - bear this in mind if you are working to a submission deadline. Please do not submit your application until approval has been obtained.