PhD Scholarships

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships


Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship


1 year (full-time) up to 2 years (part-time)

Application deadline:


About this project

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is pleased to announce the 2024 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, and the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

The ESRC WRDTP Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is aimed at those in the immediate postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide an opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, their research and professional skills.

The posts will be fixed term positions on either a one-year full-time or two year part-time contract. The Fellowship will include salary costs, and additional funds may be applied for to support research activities including travel, subsistence, conference attendance, training and fieldwork.

Fellowships are available to start 1 October 2024. You can apply to any of the White Rose partner institutions but if you would like to apply to undertake this Fellowship at Hull, you must be based in an eligible department, school or institute, as below:

  • Accounting, Finance & Economics, Hull Business School
  • Management Systems, Hull Business School
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management, Hull Business School
  • History, School of Humanities and Wilberforce
  • Human Geography, School of Environmental Sciences and Energy and Environment Institute
  • Criminology, School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing
  • Education Studies, School of Education
  • Psychology and Social Work, School of Psychology & Social Work

Further information can be found on the White Rose website. Please contact the White Rose team at Hull - - for information on next steps and timescales.

Postgraduate Rebecca Humphries & Georgia Sykes walking by HUBS Wharfe Building

University of Hull's Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the college is here to help you achieve your potential.


You will receive a salary for the duration of the Fellowship. For more information visit the White Rose website.

Entry requirements

You must be located on an accredited WRDTP pathway and have completed your PhD at a research organisation in the UK. Applicants are not required to have previously held an ESRC-funded studentship in order to be eligible to apply.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • Have been awarded a PhD or have passed their viva voce with minor amendments by the application deadline of 16 May 2024 and have been awarded their PhD by the fellowship start date of 1 October 2024
  • Have no more than 12 months of active postdoctoral experience. This is measured from the applicant’s viva voce pass date to the application deadline of 16 May 2024
  • Plan to base themselves in an ESRC WRDTP accredited department or school

Applicants who have passed their viva voce with major corrections will be able to apply to the following year’s call when their PhD has been awarded. This is to ensure that all fellows are able to commence by the annual start date of 1 October 2024.

Permanent members of staff in an academic position with a research component are not eligible for this scheme. If a candidate has previously been employed on a part-time basis, that employment can be calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Please see the ESRC PDF FAQs document that supports this call for further information on eligibility.