NCRM Placement Fellowships

The National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM) is pleased to invite applications for the third round of its Placement Fellowships. The NCRM Placement Fellowships aim to place academic social scientists in non-academic research organisations (e.g. central, local or devolved government department, or third sector organisation) to work on well-defined methodological research problems identified by the non-academic organisation for periods lasting between three and six months. The Placement scheme will run between July 2017 and June 2019.


Details of the scheme
NCRM are working with the policy units at Southampton, Manchester, and Edinburgh universities and in conjunction with non-academic partner organisations to develop pre-specified placements. These placements are defined around a problem area, set out a person specification and specify expected outputs and timetable.

Placements are open to academic staff at all levels, from Early Career Researchers through to senior Professors. Academics from any University in the UK are eligible under this scheme.

Eligible Costs
Funds provided under the placement scheme will cover directly incurred (DI) replacement salary costs and reasonable travel costs (at 80% Full Economic Costs) only, but will not cover costs for new data collection.

Third Call

NCRM is delighted to advertise the third round of placements. This round is in collaboration with the British Library.

The British Library is looking to develop a case study of innovative research, which will serve to highlight challenges and best practice in documenting web archive collections. Using one of the UK Web Archive Special Collections, this project will investigate what information about the UK Web Archive social science researchers require.

The placement fellow is expected to draw on their advanced knowledge of the use of the Internet for social science research, to provide new knowledge about the information which the UKWA needs to make available to researchers. The Fellow will draw on their own advanced understanding of the methods which social science researchers do/will apply to web archived content to support the UKWA in developing its content. The Fellow will be based within the Contemporary British Publications team at the British Library, working directly with the Web Archive Engagement Manager, the Lead Curator for Web Archiving and the Web Archiving Technician.

The approximate start date for this placement is spring – summer 2018

Deadline for Applications: 16:00 on Wednesday, 21th February 2018.

For further details, please see the following documentation:
• Placement Specification
• Role and Person Specification
• Application Form

How to apply
Applicants should complete the Application Form and send it, along with the supporting documentation requested, to Penny White, Research Co-ordinator at NCRM (

Queries can be directed to either Alexandra Frosch, NCRM Centre Manager ( or Gavin Costigan, Director at Public Policy|Southampton (

Interviews will take place at the British Library on Tuesday afternoon, 6th March 2018.