11 Sep 2023

£14 million of Early Career 3 year fellowships available from British Academy

The UK Government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT) has given the British Academy (the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences) significant money to fund around 55 three-year early career, post-doctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences. ‘Early Career’ is defined as within 3 years of achieving their PhD.

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in an academic environment. This scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent academic post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award holder into the community of established scholars within their field.

Further details on eligibility and how to apply are available here: Postdoctoral Fellowships | The British Academy

The deadline for application is 4th October 2023.

We understand that the core proposal is 2,000 words, and there is another 2,500 words to write that is about things such as your track record at research and your plan of action. The evaluation of your proposal is a rigorous academic two-stage process undertaken by senior scholars in your field (that is Fellows of the British Academy). They are interested in the academic quality of your proposal and your plan of action. The final decisions will be made in Spring of 2024 for the fellowships to start in the Autumn of 2024. You can hold the fellowship at any UK Academic Institution providing the hosts agree, which means you do not have to be located at your current institution, and you do not have to be employed permanently at an academic institution to apply, you can be on a temporary contract or even between institutions.