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In this issue (BAR 21)

As usual, this issue contains articles derived from the British Academy’s programmes of events and publications. But the issue concentrates on the Academy’s support for academic research.

In October 2012, the Academy was delighted to announce a new round of British Academy Wolfson Research Professorships; at the moment of writing, a healthy crop of applications is being assessed. These awards are designed primarily for established scholars who already have a significant track record of publication of works of distinction in their field, and who have a major programme of research which would benefit from three years of uninterrupted concentration on what may be the ‘career-defining’ research of their academic lives. The first three articles in this issue are by scholars – David Perrett, Robert Frost, and Roy Foster – who have recently completed their own British Academy Wolfson Research Professorships.

At the other end of the academic ladder, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships constitute the Academy’s flagship early-career development opportunity for scholars who have recently been awarded a PhD and who have not yet obtained a permanent academic post to have three years to work on a major piece of research in a university environment. The next three articles – by Erika Mansnerus, Kirsty McDougall, and Jessie Hohmann – all derive from work undertaken during their British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first awards made from a British Academy ‘Research Fund’, there is an article to celebrate the continuing importance of the British Academy Small Research Grants scheme.

The British Academy Research Projects programme offers a kitemark of recognition, as well as access to regular small-scale funding, to a portfolio of long-term collaborative, infrastructural projects or research facilities, intended to produce fundamental works of scholarship. This issue contains three articles by scholars working on Academy Research Projects [Jackie Marsh; Bentham Project team; David R. Sorensen].

This article published in British Academy Review, Issue 21 (January 2013).

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