Postdoctoral Fellowships

 The 2020 ERSC PDF Application round has now closed.  Candidates will be notified of application outcomes by 26 June 2020.

Details for the LSE 2021 application round will be published here in December 2020



We are aware of the disruption that the COVID-19 outbreak is causing. To be considered for the 2020 scheme you must submit an application on the e-recruitment system by 4pm on Monday 23 March 2020

We recognise that the COVID-19 outbreak might make it difficult for candidates to obtain all of the required documents by this deadline - in particular the OIV letter of support, Project Partner letter of support, data management plan and Justification of Resources. 

If you are experiencing disruption to obtaining any required documents then:

  • Please submit as full an application as you can.  The e-recruitment system does require a minimum of six attachments – you may have to submit the same  document multiple times to reach this requirement.
  • Submit remaining required documents by email to by the deadline of Monday 6 April at 4pm. The e-recruitment system will still close at 4pm Monday 23 March 2020.
  • There is no other action you need to take.

The deadline for this scheme is 4pm 23 March 2020.  We are unable to answer queries about the scheme after this deadline.  If you have a technical issue around submitting the attachments then please email


 LSE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) - Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2020

The ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) at the LSE is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the ESRC to appoint seven Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2020-21 academic year.  This opportunity is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a Research Organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT. A list of eligible DTP’s or CDT’s can be found here. The fellows must also be located on an accredited DTP or CDT pathway.  A summary of the LSE accredited pathways and departments is listed here


Find out more about the process below:

1. Key Dates for 2020 Application Process 

2. Guidance Documents for 2020 Applicants to the LSE

3. Application Process for 2020 Applicants

4. Queries about the application process and scheme 



1. Key Dates for 2020 Application Process 

13 January 2020: The LSE Jobs e-recruitment system opens to receive applications

23 March 2020, 4pm: Closing date for applications to be submitted

26 June 2020: Candidates informed of application outcome

June – mid-July 2020 Successful candidates upload their applications to the ESRC JeS system

1 October 2020 Postdoctoral Fellows commence in post


2. Guidance Documents for 2020 Applicants to the LSE

  • LSE ESRC PDF Call Specification 2020


  • LSE ESRC FAQ for Common Queries

  • Industrial Strategy                                                                                                                   At least one award must be aligned with the Industrial Strategy.  This can address the skills gaps identified by the Government’s Industrial Strategy – 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)

3. Application Process for 2020 Applicants

4. Queries about the application process and scheme 

We have a very high level of interest in the LSE ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. For this reason, we will be unable to respond to any queries that are already addressed in the guidance documents and information available on this webpage.

Each ESRC DTP has its own recruitment process that is updated each year. The LSE recruitment process may differ from other that of other DTPs and from that of previous years.  For example candidates to the 2020 LSE ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme are expected to submit all application documents by one deadline.

Queries about the operation of the scheme at the LSE that are NOT covered in the Guidance documents should be sent to with the subject “ESRC PDF Scheme Query”.

Due to the high level of interest in this scheme we are unable to answer queries by telephone.

A high volume of the queries that we receive concern information that is already provided and resolved by the Guidance documents. Such queries will be referred back to this webpage.