ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme

We are pleased to have awarded six awards in the round of 2016 ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme. 

Below are the details for the 2016 call, for reference.

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are pleased to announce a call for Postdoctoral Fellowships as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The Global Challenges Research Fund is a £1.5 billion funding stream to support cutting-edge research which addresses the problems faced by developing countries. GCRF forms part of the UK's Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment, and will be awarded according to official ODA guidelines. GCRF will address global challenges through disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, strengthen capability for research and innovation within both UK and developing countries, and will provide an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need. Capacity development is an important aspect of GCRF and this fellowships scheme aims to directly address this.

The ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme provides a career development opportunity for those at a relatively early stage of their academic career who can demonstrate great potential in social science research, with an international development focus. These awards form a key part of ESRC’s strategy to achieve the aims of GCRF and to promote excellence in UK social science capacity-building.

The SGSSS is one of five Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) have been invited to administer a one year ESRC GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. These Doctoral Training Partnerships (South West, North West, Oxford, Bloomsbury, and Scottish DTPs) were chosen as partners due to their longstanding commitment to supporting postgraduate training with an international development focus, and due to demonstrable research strength in this area. This is a pilot scheme which will be reviewed next year, so changes may be made to the way the scheme is devolved in the future if it is continued.

Approximately £2.5 million has been allocated for the pilot and SGSSS expects to support 5 GCRF Postdoctoral Fellowships in the pilot year of this scheme. Funding is available for up to £125,000 (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) per fellowship. Fellowships will be supported at 80 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC).

Proposals deadline was 16.00 on 9 September 2016.

To submit a GCRF application through the SGSSS please review the call details and application form below.

Call details

Application form


Please note that we are accepting applications for the Scottish DTP only and applicants wishing to apply at any of the other 4 DTP's should contact that institution directly.

Last updated 13 Sep 2017 11:59am