Postdoctoral Fellowships


LSE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2017-8

The application process for 2017-18 has now closed. Documentation on this page refers to the 2017-8 application process.

Applications for 2018-19 will open in January 2019.

The ESRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which forms part of the LSE's PhD Academy, is delighted to announce that we have been awarded additional funding from the ESRC to appoint seven Post Doctoral Fellows a year for the next five years.  This is an increase to our previous award of four fellowships.

A condition of this additional allocation is that at least one award must be aligned with the Industrial Strategy.  For 2017/8 this can address the skills gaps previously identified - advanced quantitative methods and data skills/science or a programme of activities that involves direct engagement with partners in business or industry (for example, a placement opportunity or the development of a collaboration research project). 

The application process is now open for 2018.  Potential applicants should look though the LSE Top Applicant Queries Webpage  to establish their eligibility for the scheme.  Eligible applicants should then look through the essential documents listed in the section below prior to submitting their application.

Do you have a query about the ESRC PDF Scheme?

We have had a very high level of interest in the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme and queries relating to it.  As a result we have compiled a frequently asked questions webpage.


Find out more about the process below:

1. Essential Documents to read prior to submitting your application

2. Application Forms and Supporting Documents

3. Key Dates for 2017-18 Application Process 


1. Essential Documents to read prior to submitting your application

All applicants:

ESRC advert

ESRC PDF Scheme Call specification

ESRC PDF Specimen application form

ESRC PDF Specimen application form [Word]


Longlisted applicants:

LSE Summary of Resources Form - LSE DTP Presentation to longlisted candidates - 02 May 2018 

LSE Summary of Resources Form - Q&A


2. Application Forms and Supporting Documents

All applicants:

Applications must include:

1. LSE Application Form (on-line)

2. ESRC Application Form

3. Case for Support (maximum of six sides of A4 which should be structured to include the headlines: 

                                      Abstract / summary of progress

                                      Impacts of your research

                                      Research-related achievements

                                      Planned programme of activities

4. Summary CV (maximum two sides of A4) including an additional page of list of              publications

5. Referee Statement

6. If you are intending to visit an overseas institution within the period of the                      fellowship a letter of support from the institution must be provided.

Please see Call Specification Document for ESRC requirements as to length of docments and required font size.

Longlisted applicants:

LSE Summary of Resources Form


3. Key Dates for 2017-18 Application Process 

8 January 2018: The LSE will start receiving applications for this scheme through the LSE Jobs e-recruitment system.

10 January 2018  Information Session for Departments

10 January 2018   Information Session for Students

20 March 2018 Second Information Session for Applicants

16:00 23 March 2018 Closing date for applications for the first round

Stage One: Initial Filter

26 March 2018 DTP Stage One review of applications.

28 March 2018 Eligible applications sent from DTP to LSE Departments for review and ranking.

11 April 2018 Deadline for Applicants unsucessful at Stage One to be informed.

Stage Two: Peer Review

27 April 2018 Deadline for Departments to notify DTP results of peer review.  Departments to return to DTP  a completed assessement form for each candidate.  A Head of Department statement, Mentor statement and mentor cv to be sent to DTP for candidates recommended for longlisting.

Stage Three: Additional Materials

30 April 2018 Longlisted applicants contacted and invited to submit an ESRC Summary of Resources form.

02 May 2018, 2-4pm Information Session on ESRC Summary of Resources Form for longlisted applicants.

11 May 2018 Deadline for longlisted applicants to submit their ESRC Summary of Resources form.

Stage Four: PDF Awards Panel 

15 May 2018 PDF Awards Panel to meet to review longlisted applicants and rank candidates accross departments and agree a short list of candidates.

16 May 2018 Shortlisted candidates contacted and invited to interview

16 May 2018 candidates not selected for shortlisting informed

Friday 25 May 2018 Interview date for shortlisted candidates

29 June 2018 Interviewed applicants informed of outcome


October 2018: First seven Post Doctoral Fellows commence


Queries about the operation of the scheme at the LSE NOT covered in the LSE Top Applicant Queries Webpage or the above documents should be sent to