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ESRC-funded Placements for Social Science

As part of the RCUK Innovation Fellowships scheme, funding is available from the ESRC to allow social science postdocs to take up short term placements in industry in areas aligned to the Government's Industrial Strategy.

Funding is available to cover salary and travel costs for postdocs to spend time working in a different environment that is related to their research area.

Through the scheme, postdocs themselves find a suitable company or organisation and obtain agreement to pursue the placement prior to applying for funding.

The choice of research topic is left open, and applications should show:

  • clear mechanism to support outward postdoc placement(s) to industry in areas aligned to the Industrial Strategy (placements can be with existing or new partners)
  • evidence of how the placement(s) will address an industry need; or the process for selecting a placement will ensure industry need is met
  • evidence that the placement activity will be focussed on knowledge exchange and bringing business/industry and postdocs together
  • evidence that the placement will enable further postdoc skills development in a non-academic setting.

Primary research is not eligible under this scheme.

Activities must be based at least 50% within the social sciences. Proposals should not duplicate work already funded by the ESRC or other funders - find further information about ESRC disciplines here.

The placements must be completed by 31 March 2018.

Placement examples

The following are current placement opportunities with Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd (CAR). You are welcome to approach CAR about these opportunities, or  to use these as examples of the type of placement you could approach other organisations about.

Training workshops are provided by the OPdA and Careers Service on identifying and approaching companies for those interested in applying. There are also workshops provided for those who are successful in their application to the schemes.

How to apply

To take part in the internal selection process for this scheme, please submit an application form and a letter of support from the Department that will host the project, to .

Deadline: 17 November 2017.

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