Post-doctoral opportunities

The School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies has a successful track record of hosting Postdoctoral Fellows, and Bristol is one of only two UK universities to be internationally commended for its excellence in the postdoctoral experience.

Benefits of the post-doctoral experience in SPAIS

  • Extensive support and guidance provided by mentor, academic and administrative research staff
  • Post-doctoral fellows receive the same access to School, Faculty and University funding of research and travel as permanent members of staff
  • You will join one or more of the School’s research groups, benefiting from the vibrant academic atmosphere these engender
  • You will receive expert support in the preparation of grant applications during your Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • You will be able to take advantage of the comprehensive range of training courses offered to research staff, aimed at maximising your career building potential

We welcome enquiries from potential applicants to various UK and European Postdoctoral funding schemes. 

Please see Funders' websites for details of current calls for applications, such as:

Please note that for most schemes there are internal University of Bristol processes to complete before applying, so please contact the SPAIS Research Director ( at an early stage.

Information and enquiries

Full details on staff research interests 

For more information on applying to do post-doctoral research in SPAIS, please contact:

Prof Katharine Charsley, Research Director, email:,
tel: +44 (0)117 928 8582

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
11 Priory Road
United Kingdom

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