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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) would like to support a limited number of British Academy Fellowships for 2019-2020 competition. We welcome expressions of interest from candidates wishing to conduct research in the SASS Departments.

Currently, the Academy will fund 80% of the salary costs, directly allocated and indirect costs under FEC, and 100% of the research expenses claimed within an upper limit, currently £6,000 over three years. The balance will be covered by the host institution.

Applicants are encouraged to consider moving to a different institution for the Postdoctoral Fellowship from that at which the doctorate was undertaken, but there is no requirement to do so, where there is a strong case to remain in the same institution.

No applicant who has been appointed to a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education at any time in his or her career will be eligible.

To be eligible applicants must:

  • be at an early stage of their career;
  • be within a three-year period from the award of a doctorate. The three-year period extends from 1 April 2017 to 1 April 2020 and is taken from the date of the viva voce examination, not the date of graduation;
  • or expect to have had their viva by 1 April 2020 to be eligible for consideration.

There are three particular groups of people who are directly eligible: British citizens; anyone of whatever nationality who has obtained (or expects to have obtained by 1 April 2020) a doctorate from a UK university; and EEA (European Economic Area) nationals (regardless of whether or not they have a UK doctorate).

Read more about the eligibility criteria on the British Academy website

Internal selection process

Interested applicants should submit an expression of interest consisting of:

  • an academic CV (no more than 2 pages A4)
  • a summary of your doctoral or other previous research (no more than 500 words)
  • an abstract  for an informed general audience, not specialised in your field (no more than 150 words)
  • reason(s) for choice of host institution (no more than 150 words)
  • a research proposal (please see requirements below)

Structure for proposals

Title of proposed research

Please avoid using any unnecessary quotation or other punctuation marks (e.g. do not use quotation marks round the full title simply to indicate it is a title).

Proposed programme

Please give a detailed description of the research programme, including methodology. It is not expected to be essential, but if there is a need to include a short bibliography to help a reader understand the context, this should be included here and is counted within the character limit of the field. Applicants should be aware of the importance that the assessors place on the scholarly importance of the project and on its feasibility, especially in terms of the proposed methodology and timescale. Limit: 1,500 words.

Planned research outputs

Please indicate here what the expected output(s) from your research programme might be. As appropriate, please state as follows: monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, other (please specify). Details of your plans for publication should be stated under Plans for publication/dissemination below. Limit: 300 words.

Plan of action

Please indicate here a clear timetable for your research programme over the three years of the Fellowship. Try to be as realistic as possible, but keep in mind that research programmes will develop over time and this plan of action is not something that is expected to account for every minute of the three years and is not unchangeable. Bear in mind that your chances of award will be affected by the assessors’ perception of how viable and realistic this plan is. Limit: 800 words.

Plans for publication and dissemination

Please also include information about planned dissemination of results more widely. Plans for dissemination may include - but are not limited to - conference or seminar presentations, public lectures, podcasts etc. Please include including potential publishers, journals. Limit: 500 words.

Further Recommendations

Applicants are advised to bear in mind that the assessors will consider the scholarly importance of the project, the ability of the applicant to carry out the research successfully, the feasibility of the proposed research programme - especially the proposed methodology and timescale - and the applicant’s publication record to date, bearing in mind the early career focus of the award.

Assessors may take into account evidence of language competence where the understanding of material in a foreign language is crucial to the achievement of the research objective.