Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

NINE DTP are offering six funded postdoctoral fellowship positions for candidates to start in October 2023.


Applicants should submit an expression of interest to their department by 31 January
The deadline for full applications to be submitted is 23 March 2023.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Take the next step towards a career in Research

The Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NINE DTP) invites applications for up to six ESRC-funded postdoctoral Fellowships to commence in October 2023. The fellowships are aimed at those in the immediately postdoctoral stage of their career, to provide the opportunity to consolidate their PhD through developing publications, their networks, and their research and professional skills.

The call is open to applicants who have completed their PhD at a research organisation that is part of a DTP or CDT and who have less than twelve (12) months postdoctoral research experience. At the submission deadline, the applicant must either have been awarded a PhD or have submitted their thesis and passed their viva voce with minor corrections, with the expectation that the PhD will be awarded by the fellowship start date.

The posts may be based at any of our partner institutions, and 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 additional research activity, including travel, subsistence, conference attendance, training, and fieldwork. Pay may vary from institution to institution, but is likely to be on point 30 of the national HE pay-scale (set at £33,797 in 2019).

The ESRC particularly encourage proposals that involve the use of advanced quantitative methods (AQM), data skills or engagement with partners in the business sector.

Once candidates have received the support of their nominating department, the department and candidate must submit a completed application form, along with all required attachments, by 23 March.

All applications should be submitted alongside the names and contact details of four (4) external reviewers who would be able to provide an impartial review of the application, a signed Consent Form and a completed NINE DTP Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This is for reporting purposes only, and all data will be anonymised. This data will not form any part of the review, and will not be passed to the reviewers.

Departments (and not the applicants) should send the ESRC required documents combined into a single pdf file, together with the completed Equal Opportunities and Consent forms, to [email protected].

The DTP will peer review the proposals and make funding decisions on behalf of the ESRC by the end of June 2023. Successful candidates will be expected to assume their duties on 1 October 2023.

All potential candidates must submit an Expression of Interest to their prospective department by 31 January 2023. This should comprise a 2-page proposal, along with a CV. The applicant should also name their proposed mentor.

Departments will then decide which candidate(s) they will work with to develop into a full application.


Expressions of Interest:
31 January 2023

Full Application:
16:00 on 23 March 2023

Download the Application Form

ESRC Call Specification

Download Call Specification


Download FAQs

Equal Opportunities Form

Please submit to your department; the information collected will not form any part of the reviewing process.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Data sharing form

To review your application, we require your consent to share your details with reviewers in our universities, and with external academic experts.

Consent Form

Applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Slides from the presentation from the DTP Director on Applying for Postdoctoral Fellowships


The benefits of a NINE DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship

A year-long paid position

(or two years part-time) working at one of our seven partner institutions, developing your research and establishing your professional credentials.

Opportunities to create networks, disseminate research, and deliver impact

Over the course of the year, the successful appointees will work to develop their research, with a focus on dissemination, publication and research impact

Develop your employability

Whether you are working towards a career in academia, or the wider research environment, the fellowship will provide opportunities for valuable personal and professional development.

Get to know our fellows!

Find out more about our current fellows, and the exceptional work they are performing across the North East and Northern Ireland

Our Fellows


The ESRC have established a number of core requirements for the post, as described in the documentation above (summarised below).

In addition to meeting the ESRC requirements, all candidates will need to meet the employment requirements of their proposed research organisation, and may be required to prove they have the right to work in the United Kingdom.

Applicants may only apply to one research organisation within the partnership.


Job Specification

The ESRC Call Specification provides details of the nature of work that candidates will be expected to undertake; a fuller job description will be provided to the candidate upon the issue of the grant, which will reflect the conditions established by the ESRC.

As employees of a University the successful candidates will be subject to the employment policies of the University, including any probation requirements and rules of conduct.

Application Process

NINE DTP Application Guidelines

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Pre-application preparations

Application documentation

In addition to completing the application pro forma, the following attachments must be produced in a minimum of font size 11. The following seven attachments are mandatory and must be included with your proposal:

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