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, including those listed here:

There are currently three open calls for post-doctoral fellowships:

ESRC New Investigators Scheme: Internal Deadline tbc

New Investigator grants aim to support new researchers and academics at the start of their career through gaining experience of managing and leading research projects and teams. Applicants can be already based in Bristol or applying externally. 

Documents, guidance and details of the process and future deadlines can be found on the Major Bids webpages here.

There will be an internal call for applications to this scheme to select candidates whose applications will be supported by the University of Bristol. Details will be posted here when they become known.

2019 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships: Internal deadline 5 December 2018

FSSL will be submitting two applications to Leverhulme for the 2019 round of Early Career Fellowships. The fellowships are open to applicants who are within four years of PhD and have not held a permanent academic post. Leverhulme encourage researcher mobility and as such applicants do not have to be existing UoB researchers.

There will be an internal selection process for applications which is detailed on the FSSL external webpage here.

Further details can be found on the Leverhulme website.

If you are considering an application to this scheme through SPAIS, please contact the School Research Director, Therese O’Toole:

For Internal application forms and details on the process, please contact Sam Lambshead in RED –  


Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships - 2018/19 Fellowship Call

Our Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships scheme offers an exciting opportunity for exceptional early-career researchers to advance their research careers, and support our strategic priorities. See

Details about the deadlines for the 2018/19 are to be confirmed. Details will be posted here when they become known.


Information and enquiries

Full details on staff research interests 

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

Dr Therese O'Toole, 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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