2017/2018 Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral Fellowships for International Applicants

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Mildred Blaxter Postdoctoral fellowships

This award is named for Professor Mildred Blaxter, a previous editor of the journal Sociology of Health and Illness, in recognition of her contribution to the discipline.

The award provides support for individuals who have recently completed a PhD in the field of the sociology of health and illness, to enable them to disseminate findings of their thesis through publications and presentations, and/or to develop a new programme of work related to their thesis.

The awards are tenable at any university in the United Kingdom that can provide appropriate support for a postdoctoral fellow working in the field of sociology of heath and illness. This may include social science, healthcare and medical departments.

Fellowship Benefits

The award provides full salary costs for one year (including on-costs but not estate or indirect costs), usually at spine point 30 as appropriate, plus £2,500 for research and/or conference expenses. London weighting will be payable where appropriate.


31 October 2016 (for an early 2017 start)

31 March 2017 (for a mid-2017 start)


To be eligible for this fellowship, you must…

  • Have a PhD on the basis of a research thesis; those with a PhD by publication are not eligible to apply.
  • Have been awarded the degree at the point of application.
  • Be in your first postdoctoral post but you may have up to one year’s active experience from the date of award of your PhD (pro rata for part-time experience) at the time of application.
  • Be supported by the head of a department that can provide an appropriate research environment for a postdoctoral fellow working in the field of the sociology of health and illness, and by a mentor who is able to provide appropriate support and encouragement for the fellow.
  • Not have made a previous application for this fellowship.


To apply for Mildred Blaxter postdoctoral fellowships, you’re required to note the following:

  1. Download the application form. Please send the completed form electronically to FSHIadmin@googlemail.com and send one signed hard copy to: Professor Joan Busfield via busfj@essex.ac.uk.
  1. The application should outline the work to be undertaken and the expected outputs, in terms of specific publications and grant applications. If ethics approval is required for the planned programme of work, please indicate the ethics committee to which you intend to apply.
  2. Please supply the names of two external referees. Since assessment of the application will be based in part on the quality of the PhD, at least one of these referees should be the external examiner of the thesis.

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply.

For More Information: Check Fellowship Official Page


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