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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

2015-16 call for proposals will be open from 26 August 2015 to 7 October 2015.

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.


  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
  2. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2015-16 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2013; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2016)
  3. Applicants in the 2015-16 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2013 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
  4. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. 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

Number of Awards : 45 awards are expected to be offered

Duration of Award : Awards are for 3 years

Funding : Awards are offered on a Full Economic Costing basis. There is no fixed amount awarded for the Fellowships and the value of award will vary depending on the host institution. Awards cover the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow to work full-time on the Fellowship, small-scale research expenses (up to a maximum of £6,000), costs towards the time of a mentor (equivalent to one hour per month for the 36 months of the Fellowship) and the host institution's estates and indirect costs.  

Referee : Applicants must be supported by one self-nominated referee. The referee should normally be the external examiner or, if not available, someone else who is as external to the applicant as possible.  

Closing Date : Application is via a two-stage selection process. The deadline for outline applications for award in 2015-16 is at 5pm on 7 October 2015. Applicants invited to Stage Two, will complete that application in early 2016.

Method of application: Applications must be submitted via e-GAP2 , the Academy's electronic grant application system. Contact the Research Awards Department for further information.

 See past awards made under these schemes