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ESRC Support for Early Career Researchers

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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is to enhance and improve its support for early career researchers at three distinct stages:

  • Doctoral
  • Immediately Postdoctorate
  • Transition to Independent Researcher

Postdoctoral Fellowships will be made available to ESRC and non-ESRC funded doctoral graduates who are within one year of completing their PhD and will give them the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

ESRC are also introducing a New Investigator scheme, which replaces the Future Research Leaders scheme. This new strand of our existing Research Grants scheme will provide early career researchers with the opportunity to lead their first major research grant and gain experience of managing a research project and team. The scheme has an open deadline for submission.

Other new developments include:

  • Ensuring that all ESRC grant holders set out, at the application stage, how they will support postdoctoral researchers’ continuing professional development.
  • Commissioning an international comparative review of the nature of the PhD in the social sciences – to establish the extent to which PhDs provide effective preparation for careers both within and beyond academia, and whether our doctoral graduates are competitive internationally.
  • Encouraging early career researchers to participate in other ESRC funding schemes, for example, requiring them to be included as co-investigators.

For more information, please visit ESRC.


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