Postdoctoral Bridge Grants


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EISA Postdoctoral Bridge Grants will support recently graduated or final-year PhD students who have not secured an academic contract or fellowship. They are designed to help bridge the gap between a doctorate and a postdoctoral funded/salaried position. EISA will award up to 5 Bridge Grants of €3,500 each to support early career colleagues’ transition from doctoral research to academic employment. The scheme is particularly aimed at those who require additional time and funds to finalise potential publications or incubate postdoctoral funding proposals in conjunction with the completion of their doctoral projects.


Eligibility criteria:

  1. Applicants must have an active EISA membership at the time of application.
  2. Applicants must either (a) have been awarded their PhD degree within 12 months of the application deadline, or (b) have submitted their PhD degree (pending award confirmation) within 12 months of the application deadline.
  3. Applicants must have not yet held a permanent academic post after PhD completion.

Application details:

    1. Applicants must submit
      1. A 1-page proposal, outlining the specific task (e.g., drafting a funding proposal, completing a peer-reviewed article, preparing a book manuscript proposal) they intend to undertake and/or support with EISA funding.
      2. A brief CV (maximum 4 pages).
      3. Confirmation of PhD status, or if the degree has not been awarded at the time of application, a letter from PhD supervisors confirming the applicant’s examination/degree award timeline.
    2. Applications must be submitted via the online application form.
    3. Publications resulting from the research period supported by the Bridge Grants must provide credit to EISA.

    If you have any questions about the scheme or the application form, please contact

    Use of Funds:

    We are happy for you to use your funding to attend other conferences as long as you are presenting work related to the project(s) you had submitted as part of your Bridge Grant application. The only expense item we do not condone is purchasing licenses for images or other material to be used in a commercially published book.

    The main requirement we would like you to fulfil is to acknowledge the support of the EISA Postdoctoral Bridge Grant scheme in any publications and/or conference papers you produce in line with your proposed projects.


    • 9 November 2023: Call is released
    • 29 February 2024: Application deadline
    • 8-14 April 2024: Acceptance/Rejection emails sent
    • 22-26 April 2024: Winners public announcement

    Review Criteria:

    • Candidates are scored on a 1-5 scale (5=best) by each reviewer.
    • Feasibility - Realistic ambitions in line with funding amount and timeline
    • Diversity and inclusion - Merit-based criteria should be applied in conjunction with diversity and need considerations
    • CV - a balanced record of activities, including professional service and teaching, is desirable.



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