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We are delighted to announce that a total of 16 Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Social Sciences Division have won funding in the 2015-2016 application rounds.

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 The successful applicants secured funding as follows:

  • The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships programme (5 awards).
  • The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme (4 awards).
  • The ESRC Future Research Leaders scheme (7 awards).

Professor Mark Pollard, Associate Head (Research) of the Social Sciences Division said, “We are pleased to see successful candidates for internationally-competitive ECR calls across the range of activities within SSD. As well as providing an important stepping stone for the Fellows themselves towards independent research, ECRs contribute significantly to the research within the Departments and the Division.”

The Social Sciences Division is committed to supporting early career researchers to become the next generation of research leaders. To support prospective candidates with their funding applications, we offer a wide range of valuable assistance, including:

  • a series of briefings on the funders’ landscape, with general recommendations on bid-writing
  • workshops how to write strong research proposals for particular funders
  • feedback on funding applications
  • mock interviews
  • peer-review for research projects
  • individual advice on specific funding schemes

Below are a few examples of how successful applicants will benefit from these funding opportunities:

Dr Franziska Meinck, Department of Social Policy and Intervention
ESRC Future Research Leaders Fellow 2016

“My research focusses on the epidemiology and prevention of child abuse victimisation in South Africa. The FRL fellowship will allow me to conduct groundbreaking work on the development and validation of child abuse measures for a global context in collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) while establishing myself as an independent researcher.”

Dr Dalel Benbabaali, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow 2016

“The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship will allow me to conduct my own research project on ‘Conflict, Development and Displacement in Central India’. The most appreciable aspect about this scheme is the autonomy it gives to the researcher, unlike other postdoctoral positions where the young scholar has to work within an already defined project under senior academics.” 

Dr Camilla Pickles, Law Faculty
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 2016

“My postdoctoral research seeks to encourage the legal recognition of obstetric violence and explores how to use the law to address instances of interpersonal and structural obstetric violence. The British Academy PDF is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to establish a first-class academic career and advance the rights of birthing and pregnant people.” 

For more information about the support we offer to researchers at all stages of their careers, please visit our website at