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British Academy Wolfson Research Professorships

Thanks to the generosity of the Wolfson Foundation, the British Academy was able to offer four new Research Professorships to be taken up from the autumn of 2013.

Awards were made this year to scholars from Manchester and Cambridge:

  • Professor Alan Williams 
    The Restitution of Rumi's Masnavi
  • Professor Peter Wade 
    Race, nation and genomics: biology and society
  • Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie, FBA 
    Human Capital and Economic Outcomes in a European Developing Economy, c. 1600 – c. 1900
  • Professor Nicholas Cook, FBA 
    Musical encounters: studies in relational musicology
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The purpose of these awards is to give an opportunity for extended research leave to a small number of the most outstanding established scholars to enable them to concentrate on a significant research programme, while freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. Emphasis is also placed by the Academy and the Foundation on the importance of award-holders communicating their plans and results to a broad audience.

The awards are of a fixed value of £150,000 (£50,000pa for three years). Funding is expected to be used primarily to meet the costs of replacement teaching, with any balance available to the award-holder as research expenses. These awards are not covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime.

There is no new call for these awards for 2013-14.

Eligibility: The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected to be established scholars with a significant track record of publication. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support.