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Postdoctoral Fellows

The Postdoctoral Fellowships Scheme is the Academy’s 'flagship' programme based at universities around the UK. Much of the research supported by these Fellowships will contribute to improving our understanding of important areas of current national concern.

45 New Postdoctoral Fellowships Announced

The British Academy has awarded 45 new Postdoctoral Fellowships to start in Autumn 2015, based at a range of different UK universities. These three year Fellowships – spanning research topics from the econometrics of Climate Change to the Graphic Novel in South Africa – enable exceptional early career scholars to complete a landmark research project and fulfil their outstanding potential by giving them the best opportunity to build a long and successful academic career in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Download a full list of Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015, with abstracts here.


Professor Linda McDowell and Dr Ken Emond introduce Postdoctoral Fellowships.

British Academy Early Career Research Networking Events

Read about the Early Career Research Networking Events here.


Becoming a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow 

You can find how to apply for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship here.

You can read the Postdoctoral Fellowships: Frequently Asked Questions here.

Case Studies

Read more about  research carried out by British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows: 

Dr Luke D Smillie

Dr Gianluca Raccagni

Dr Déirdre Dwyer

Dr Anna Kinsella

Four British Academy Postdoctoral Fellows talk about their research. This video highlights the ways in which younger scholars and researchers form a vital part of the academic landscape across the humanities and social sciences.