British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars.

Aim of the award

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

NOTE that this eligibility refers to the 2018-19 round. The dates for 2019-20 are expected to be very similar.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  2. Applicants must not have held a permanent academic post at a recognised HEI.
  3. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate.  For the 2018/19 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2016 (for 19/20 round, this is likely to be 1 April 2017); or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2019 (likely to be 1 April 2020 for 19/20).
  4. Applicants in the 2018/19 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2016 (for 19/20 round, this is likely to be 1 April 2017) who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered.
  5. British citizens and any nationals from the European Economic Area are eligible to apply, regardless of where their doctorate was obtained. Anyone of any nationality who has a doctorate from a UK university is eligible to apply. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university.
  6. NOTE: If you are unsuccessful in the 2018-19 round you will require an invitation from the British Academy to submit an application to the scheme in future years.

Number of Awards: 45 awards are expected to be offered.

Level of grant and tenure

Awards are for three years and cover salary costs and up to £6,000 of research expenses.

Timetable and process for applying to this scheme

NOTE that these dates refer to the 2018-19 round. The dates for 2019-20 are expected to be very similar.

Call Opens 22 August 2018

Call Deadline: 17 October 2018

University of Bristol operates an internal process for all applicants, both internal and external wishing to undertake their fellowship within the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. Those selected for submission will be given the support of the Research and Enterprise Development (RED) team to develop the proposal for the British Academy.

  • Interested applicants must identify a potential mentor and make contact with them to scope out areas of shared interest as early as possible.
  • Prospective applicants draft an application and submit to their mentor for approval
  • School research directors should be notified and approve the prospective application 
  • Applicants, with guidance from their Mentor and University Research Development support if continue to develop their proposal.
  • Final draft applications submitted to Research Development for comment well in advance of the final deadline
  • Applications are to be submitted to the British academy by 17 October 2018 via the fluent Flexi-Grant system (note that these will need to be submitted earlier than this date for UoB organisational approval).

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