This call has now closed. The following is for information only.

We are pleased to announce the fifth call for proposals for our early careers scheme, Future Research Leaders. The Future Research Leaders scheme aims to enable outstanding early-career social scientists, in partnership with their host organisation, to acquire the skills set to become the future world leaders in their field.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation.

Application process

Grants will be for a maximum of two years, with a pro-rata duration option for those employed part-time on a contract of 0.5 FTE or above. There is an overall limit of £230,000 (at 100 per cent full economic cost) although the actual amount you can apply for will vary depending on when you submitted your PhD and your level of academic experience. We aim to fund up to 40 awards subject to quality and available funds.

The closing date for proposals is 16.00 on 29 September 2015.

Call documents

Update October 2015

We are currently reviewing our provision for early career researchers and until that outcome of that review is known we cannot confirm future funding opportunities in this area. In the meantime, please register for eNews or follow us on Twitter for further news on other ESRC funding opportunities. Potential applications should also consider our Research Grants scheme, which is open all year round to applicants at all career stages.