School of Social and Political Science

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship – Scottish Graduate School of Social Science


The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship has announced the 2022/23 round. The SGSSS deadline for 1st stage applications is 12th January 2023 but there is a School review before this which has a deadline of Tuesday 13th December 2022- further details below.

This ESRC scheme is linked to their Doctoral Training Partnerships. The scheme is aimed at those in the initial 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 welcomed from both single and combinations of disciplines but fellowship activities must be based at least 51% within the social sciences.

For more information please visit the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science website


The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a Doctoral Training Partnership or Centre for Doctoral Training and who are within 12 months of completing their PhD. 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.

Application process

The Scottish Graduate School for Social Science has six Fellowships for allocation to their partner institutions. There is a two stage application process: Applicants for Stage 1 will be assessed by a panel within the University, with selected candidates going forward to Stage 2. There is also an internal SPS School process, which all potential candidates must first apply to.

SPS School process

  1. All Fellows intending to apply must have a mentor (SPS core academic staff) based within the School. 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. Prospective applicants retain the responsibility of first identifying, contacting and securing an agreed mentor for a proposed project application. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact prospective mentors before the call opens, and work closely with them in developing their application.

  2. Please notify the SPS Research Office of your intention to apply and provide confirmation of your agreed mentor; ideally as soon as the mentor has agreed.

  3. Please read through all eligibility and scheme guidance on the SGSSS website, and download the Stage 1 application. 

  4. Before the SGSSS Stage 1 Application Deadline of 12th January 2023, candidates are required to submit the following to the SPS Research Office by Tuesday 13th December 2022 to

    • A completed Stage 1 EoI application;
    • And a short statement (bullet points are fine) from the mentor. Please let your mentor know as soon as possible that this is a requirement for the internal School deadline – a completed one-page mentor statement will be required for the formal SGSSS Stage 1 Application deadline on 12th January.
    • Head of Subject Area endorsement is also required. Your mentor will arrange this.
  5. Feedback will be given in time to prepare for the SGSSS Stage 1 application/mentor statement deadline , which requires registration on the SGSSS online grant management system, Gradhub.

  6. Candidates will be made aware of the Stage 1 outcome by 22nd February 2023, with a Stage 2 application due 23rd March 2023. Further support will be given by the SSPS Research Office for the Stage 2 application with an anticipated internal deadline of early/mid-March for completed applications. 

Prospective applicants are welcome to email the SPS Research Office at any time during the year to register their interest in this fellowship.

For further information, please email the SSPS Research Office: