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Cambridge Global Challenges


This Research Councils UK (RCUK) fellowship is intended to support social science postdoctoral students in transferring their knowledge into industry, enhancing their skills, and building their understanding of industry. It is part of the Impact Acceleration Account programme (IAA).

The fellowship asks candidates to find secondment opportunities themselves, with the requirement that the chosen industry partner is aligned with the UK Industrial Strategy and can offer work that is at least 50% based in the social sciences. The proposed project can build on research already undertaken, expand other research into the social sciences or help to assess new areas of research or collaboration with businesses.

The choice of research topic is left open. Applications should show:

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

No primary research will be eligible under this funding, and proposals should not duplicate work already funded by RCUK or other funders.

ESRC funding is available for direct costs only to cover salary up to £3,367 and travel costs up to £500 for postdocs to spend four weeks working in industry, to transfer knowledge from their research background into the company. Applications for full or part-time secondments will be considered. Unfortunately the IAA is not able to cover any visa costs incurred in connection with secondments.  


For more information on this restricted call and applying, please see the website here.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


Join the Strategic Research Initiative

Register to Cambridge Global Challenges here.


Contact us

Programme Manager (Sara Serradas Duarte):​