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ESRC NINE Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019: Preliminary applications due by 12 noon on 11 January 2019

ESRC NINE Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019: Preliminary applications due by 12 noon on 11 January 2019


In 2018 a QUB Law candidate, Dr Clare Patton, won one of six ESRC NINE postdoctoral fellowships.  Clare was the only Law & Society winner: could you follow in her footsteps and become a 2019 ESRC NINE fellow hosted by the School of Law?


If this appeals, and you are eligible for the competition, the first step is to submit a preliminary application to the School of Law by 12 noon on 11 January 2019. We have introduced this preliminary stage because ESRC NINE has indicated that only two candidates can be nominated by each School or Department.


Preliminary applications should be sent via email to Heather Kinning ( with 'ESRC NINE PDF preliminary application' in the Subject Header.


A preliminary application requires:


1. A CV (max 2 sides of A4; minimum of font size 11)

The CV needs to provide the date the PhD viva voce was passed, or the scheduled date for the viva voce, brief details of education to date, any awards received for work or training, previous employment history, and any conference papers or publications.

2. A proposal (max 2 sides of A4; minimum of font size 11), including details of your proposed mentor (from whom you should have secured agreement in advance).

In terms of proposal content, focus on the details provided under 'Case for Support':

In preparing your preliminary application, please recall that the Law pathway within ESRC NINE is 'Law & Society'. Focus, too, on the particular characteristics of this fellowship opportunity--including (i) the fact that PhD supervisors should not be nominated as mentors, bar in exceptional circumstances, and (ii) the emphasis on how the fellowship would support you in consolidating your PhD, and preparing you for the next stage of your research career--either in academia or for a research career outside academia (e.g. a researcher in public, private, or civil society organisation).


In advance of preparing a preliminary application, ensure you meet the eligibility requirements: see 'ESRC Eligibility Requirements' at the following link:


All preliminary applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a small team of academic staff from the School of Law and a selection will be made.


We aim to complete this exercise by 17.00 on 16 January 2019 in order to provide successful applicants with any feedback we think they should incorporate before going forward to the internal Queen's University Belfast competition. The deadline for the latter is 17.00 on 18 January 2019.