Post-Doctoral Transitional Development Support

Guidance notes and online application

Successful applicants for SSA Post-Doctoral Transitional Development funding can receive salary support for up to 12 months towards post-doctoral development of research applications, provided that the host University makes at least a matching contribution (i.e. at least 50 per cent towards salary and other costs). The research proposal must be relevant to, and supportive of, the objectives of the SSA.

Reports from scheme beneficiaries

Eight-month report: Erikas Simonavicius: Report, November 2021

Erikas Simonavicius
Award: March 2021

Interim report: Carol-Ann Getty: Report, March 2022

Carol-Ann Getty
Award: October 2020

Final report: Grace Blest-Hopley, March 2020

Grace Blest-Hopley
Award: April 2019

Six-month report: Basak Tas: Report, October 2019

Final report: Basak Tas, March 2020

Basak Tas
Award: January 2019


Funding provided

The funding will provide The Society’s contribution (a maximum of 50 per cent) towards a basic academic pre- or post-doctoral salary, in accordance with the criteria and scales of the host university – estimated at approximately £20-24,000 over a maximum 12 month period, inclusive of national insurance and superannuation etc, to be matched by the host University. It is anticipated that up to three awards may be made through any one year. Applicants must be SSA Members or graduating student Associates.

Contractual arrangements

Financial support under the SSA Post-doctoral Transitional Development scheme is provided subject to a contract between the SSA and the host institution. Therefore, any offer or agreement by the SSA to provide funding is subject to contract. Once funding for Post-doctoral Transitional Development support has been discussed and agreed, the SSA will provide the host institution with a contract for the funding in the SSA’s standard form. The terms of this contract will only be amended under exceptional circumstances and the SSA may withdraw any offer or agreement of funding if the contract terms are not agreed by all parties within a reasonable period.


  • Applicants must either have completed their doctorate, or have submitted their thesis and be awaiting examination or undertaking corrections
  • Applicants must already be Members or Associates of the Society at the time of application
  • Applicants must be resident in the UK
  • Study must be undertaken at a UK institution
  • Applications are accepted at any point throughout the year
  • Where an application relates to a part-time position, then the 50 per cent funding potentially awarded by the Society applies to the part-time position (i.e. Society support would comprise up to half the costs of the part-time position)
  • Support will not be provided to candidates also in receipt of funding from the alcohol, tobacco and gambling industries
  • Any amendments to the eligibility or processes of this scheme will be announced here.
  • About you

  • Max. file size: 128 MB.

    Please attach up-to-date, academic CV, up to two pages A4, or max. 600 words.

    Please use filename format: '[SurnameFirstInitial] CV 2017', to help us locate the file on our server.

  • About your PhD

  • In the following text-boxes, please list any publications or key conference presentations which are:

  • Further, please also provide:

  • About your involvement with the SSA

  • Give details of any previous SSA funding or support which you have received, including the specific scheme and dates:

  • About your plans for the future

  • If funding support is awarded, please indicate when you intend to begin.

  • Your PhD award

    Are you applying to receive support prior to*, or post-award of your PhD?


    *You may apply when you have submitted your thesis, but not yet had your viva, or not yet done the required corrections.

  • Provide a breakdown of your expected salary, including pension, NI and any other contributions.

  • Joint/matched funding

    In this section, please give details of any other funding you have obtained towards this proposed work.

  • About your host institution

  • Appropriateness of academic supervisor and the host institution

    In the text-box below, please describe in brief the standing of the proposed supervisor (e.g. their track record in supporting research development in the addiction field, as well as a summary of their own academic standing and research output) and also their relevance to your planned area of development as an addictions researcher.

  • In the following text-box please describe briefly the reasons for selecting this particular academic host institution and the relevance it will have, and the benefits it will bring to your proposed use of this post-doc transitional support.

  • Application particulars

    Confidential letter of support from primary academic supervisor

    We will ask your proposed primary academic supervisor to provide a confidential opinion on your application, your work to date, your longer-term contribution to the field and your potential contribution to the work of the Society.

  • Referees

    Please provide the names and contact details (including email addresses) of two referees who are able to comment on your suitability for this post-doc transitional support from the SSA. This would ordinarily include your current senior supervisor (or equivalent).
    N.B. It is acceptable for this to be the same as the proposed future supervisor.

  • Referee 1

  • Referee 2

  • Details and declaration

    Applicant's declaration:
    'I have read the guidance notes and understand and agree to abide by the conditions of the SSA.'

  • Research supervision

    Proposed academic supervisor's declaration:
    'I have read this application and the Guidance Notes. I am willing to act as a supervisor to the above-named applicant and agree to abide by the conditions under which this post-doctoral transitional support from SSA operates.'

  • Head of department of institution

    'As head of department in which this SSA Post-doctoral Transitional Development work will be based, I support this application.'

  • Application process

    Applications may be submitted at any point in the year, for consideration by Trustees of the Society.

    Assessment of applications will take a minimum of four weeks from date of receipt.

    We will contact applicants by email to confirm receipt, and in any further correspondence.