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Post-doctoral Fellowship applications

Post-doctoral Fellowship applications

Are you just finishing your PhD, and are you interested in applying for a Post-doctoral Fellowship at King’s, funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) or the British Academy (BA)?

The Centre for LDC is keen to host externally funded Post-doctoral Research Fellows, and we are willing to support suitable candidates in their application for external funding. We cannot provide the funds ourselves, and cannot guarantee that your application to the funding body will be successful, but if we are confident that you are producing high-quality research that complements our own, we will be happy to take on the role of potential mentor and assist you in the application process.

The competition for Fellowships is very intensive, and the collaboration between candidate and mentor required in the application process can take up a lot of time, so we will only be able to support a limited number of candidates. So first of all,
  1. please do read our website very carefully to ensure that the Centre for LDC is the kind of environment where you would like to be based for a year. It is also essential
  2. to look closely at the websites of the ESRC and the BA to identify which is most relevant, to ensure that you are eligible, and to familiarise yourself with the application forms and procedures.
After that, email ecs@kcl.ac.uk with the following documentation:
  • a summary/abstract of your research
  • the name of the academic staff member(s) who you would like to act as your mentor, plus your reason for selecting them
  • two chapters from your thesis: the literature review and an analytic chapter
  • an initial draft of your answers to the main questions in the relevant Fellowship application form itself
At the same time
  • arrange for your doctoral supervisor to send us a very short email attesting to your suitability for post-doctoral study
We will review these materials and let you know within three weeks whether or not we will be able to take on the role of potential host/mentor.

If it turns out that we do feel able to support you in an application for Fellowship funding, then please be ready for very intensive work and communication with the particular members of staff opting to serve as potential mentors. As we will all be investing a good deal of effort in this, it is also important not to try and apply for fellowship funding through two institutions at the same time.
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