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British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year.

• Research Funding

Particular focus is on individuals who have laboured for a long period of time with little or no prospect of dedicating time towards their project or to produce what, in many cases, hopes to be a career defining work.


Please note - Applicants who have already applied to the Academy’s 2017-18 round of the Mid-Career Fellowship scheme should note that they are not permitted to apply to the BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship scheme in 2017-18.


Timetable - BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships 2017-18


Scheme Opens - 12 October 2017

Deadline for Applicants - 22 November 2017

Deadline for Institutional Approval - 23 November 2017

Final Award Announcement expected - 31 March 2018


Earliest Award Start Date - 1 September 2018

Latest Award Start Date - 1 January 2019



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 able to disseminate the results of their research not only through  publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the  end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is  suitable for support.

Award Support

Each year through the Senior Research Fellowships competition we hope to make 8 awards in total - 7 Fellowships are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, while an occasional additional award, known as the Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship, is awarded and provided with support from the Association of Jewish Refugees to say Thank You to the people of the United Kingdom for their support for refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

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