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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Alan Turing Institute invite proposals for their joint fellowship. This supports research investigating the application of new digital technologies to the delivery of financial services (fintech).

ESRC and The Alan Turing Institute are pleased to announce a second round of the Joint Fellowship Scheme aimed at driving forward the development and application of cutting-edge data science to study major societal challenges.  

This second joint call will focus on three key application areas where data-intensive digital technologies could bring advances in delivery and innovation: Financial Services (FinTech)Public Policy and Government; and Urban Analytics, covering areas such as:

  • machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • blockchain technology 
  • big data analytics
  • distributed systems, mobile payments, peer-to-peer application 
  • modelling of volatility, risk and uncertainty


Mid-career and senior social scientists from UK Research and Innovation eligible research organisations may apply. The fellow must commit a minimum of 50 per cent of their time to the proposed research.

Level of funding

Up to three fellowships will be awarded for a maximum duration of three years.

The ESRC funds 60% of the fellow’s salary at 80% FEC and the host organisation is required to fund the remainder of the salary cost. The fellow may also receive funding for travel and subsistence

Up to two studentships will be attached to each fellowship.


For further details please see the ESRC website

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.


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Learn about the support we provide 

Information on how Cambridge Global Challenges can support your research is shared here.


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