Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme 2022 – now closed

Please note that below are the details of the 2022 application process for information only.  This page will be updated when the call for 2023 has been announced.

Call specification


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce the fifth call for applications to its Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) scheme aimed at providing a career development opportunity for 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 support early career researchers and will be delivered through our national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) which encompasses 73 research organisations across the UK.

The University of Leeds, as a member of the White Rose Social Sciences DTP, welcomes applications for these postdoctoral fellowships. Within a high-quality environment for research and training, fellows will have the opportunity to undertake a varied programme of activities supporting their continued development for careers both within and outside of academia.

Applications require an Expression of Interest, using the DTP EoI form, for which the deadline is 4pm on Thursday 13 January 2022.  This must be submitted to

Full proposals should be submitted to the relevant DTP by 16.00 on 23 March 2022.  Fellowships must start on 1 October 2022.

The ESRC guidance documents and WRDTP Expression of Interest form are available to applicants on the WRDTP website.

Click here to see full details on the WRDTP website for full application information