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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars

• Research Funding

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.


Scheme Timetable - Postdoctoral Fellowships

Outline Stage 2018-19

Scheme Opens - 22 August 2018
Deadline for Applicants (incl. Referee Statement & Organisation Approval) - 17 October 2018
Result of Outline Stage Announcement - January 2019

Second Stage 2018-19

Scheme Opens - 23 January 2019
Deadline for Applicants 20 February 2019
Result of Second Stage Announcement - End of May 2019


  • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2018-19 this means being awarded via a viva voce examination after 1 April 2016, and before 1st April 2019.) You must be confident and reasonably expect to have your viva voce before 1st April 2019.
  • Applicants in the 2018-19 competition awarded a PhD before 1 April 2016 can apply given extentuating circumstances, such as through illness or parental/care giving duties. Any such exemption should be discussed with a member of the British Academy Research Funding team.
  • 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

Duration of Award  

Awards are for 3 years      


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.  


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.

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