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ESRC funded Postdoctoral Longitudinal Fellowships


Woman Working Writing Notes Detail Concept (1024x624)The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce a call for Postdoctoral Longitudinal Fellowships at CLOSER as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The deadline for applications is 16.00 on 9 September 2016.

The Longitudinal Studies Fellowships are designed to provide Fellows with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of UK and international longitudinal studies and their respective environments, and to develop an understanding of the issues and opportunities involved in research that looks across and between studies in different countries within a development context. Longitudinal Studies Fellows will spend time at one or more UK CLOSER studies, as appropriate to their fellowship, and at CLOSER to build a well-networked cohort of fellows. Fellows will also be expected to spend time with relevant overseas studies and/or stakeholders.

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Additional guidance for applicants

Postdoctoral Longitudinal Fellowships at CLOSER (Global Challenges Research Fund)

Applicants do not need to complete the full costing on page 3 of the GCRF application form (Summary of resources required for project), or any details in the subsequent staff table (Directly Incurred Posts) beyond name, start date and % of Full Time. What applicants need to submit, as a separate justification of resources statement, are indicative costs for your travel and equipment needs for the fellowship (to an approximate ceiling of £17.5k at 100% fEC), and the name and institution of your mentor.

The full costing will be done on the basis of a UCL Grade 7 post (salary range £33,686 – £40,716 incl. London weighting) once successful applicants have been identified, and submitted by the UCL Institute of Education.


  1. Applicants must have graduated with PhDs from the research organisation(s) (RO) which make up the DTCs participating in the pilot GCRF Fellowship Scheme (the South West, North West, Oxford, Bloomsbury or UCL, and Scottish DTCs) or those universities that host CLOSER studies: Bristol, Essex and Southampton.
  2. At the time of submission, applicants must either have a PhD or have passed their viva voce with only minor corrections. A postdoctoral fellowship cannot commence until the PhD viva voce examination has been passed.
  3. Applicants must have no more than three years active postdoctoral experience at the start date of the award.
  4. The scheme is not open to applicants who are established, permanent members of staff in an academic position with a research component.

About the Global Challenges Research Fund

This call is funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund. GCRF forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, which is monitored by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. To comply with ODA requirements, all proposals must make clear how their primary purpose is to promote the economic development and welfare of a developing country or countries on the DAC list.

Please note that candidates may apply for only one of the GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Schemes.

To apply:

All applicants must submit proposals on the provided application form along with required attachments by 16:00 on 9 September to Alison Freeman, DTC Manager:

The applications should include:

  • Case for support (max. 6 sides of A4)
  • Justification of resources (max. 2 sides of A4)
  • CV (max. 2 sides of A4)
  • List of publications
  • Head of department statement (max. 1 side of A4)
  • Mentor statement and summary CV (max. 2 sides of A4)
  • Work plan (max. 2 sides of A4)
  • ODA Complicance (max. 1 side of A4)
  • Referee statement (max. 1 side of A4)

Please check the GCRF Longitudinal Postdoctoral Fellowships Call Specification for more details on the application process and each of these sections.


The purpose of the webinar is to give candidates more information about the opportunity, and to answer any questions they may have on the application process or the placement.

The webinar will take place on Friday 12 August 2016 at 11:00am. Please visit the Bloomsbury DTC website for full details and joining instructions: