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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Fellowships are subject to a restricted application process. Expressions of interest must be received no later than 23 August 2018

The information below is based on the historical time frames and may be updated when the British Academy releases their scheme timetable for the 2018 application round.

The British Academy will shortly open their call for applications under their prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, with a deadline in early September 2018. These fellowships fund three years of research on a topic of the applicant’s choice. Applications have to be hosted by a UK higher education institution.

To be eligible for this scheme, you must either have completed your doctorate within the last three years, or have your viva by the end of March 2019.

There are also nationality/residency conditions, but you are automatically eligible if you have a doctorate from a UK university. Further details may be found on the British Academy website.

Application timeline

If you would like to apply through the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, you must first discuss your proposal with your prospective mentor in the Faculty and secure their support, as well as that of the relevant Head of Department. Your application will not be considered without this support.

To find out more about possible mentors, please see the Faculty research staff list. There is more detailed information about research carried out in the Faculty in our Research pages.

  • 23 August 2018 - deadline for submission to the Faculty
    Once you have secured the necessary academic support, you will need to submit a draft application to the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. We assess all draft submissions we receive, and if we would like to host your application we will forward it to the University's Research Strategy Office. The applications will then be assessed and shortlisted by a university panel
  • Mid September - university shortlisting complete
    You will be advised if your application is being put forward to the British Academy

Submitting your application to the Faculty

Please submit your proposal, by email, to . If you have any questions, please also contact this email address.

Your proposal should include:

  • Your name
  • The name and department of your proposed mentor
  • Research project title
  • Research project description (maximum 750 words). Please address the following:
    • outline the research problem (s) you are seeking to address and say why it is distinctive
    • how your proposed research will tackle this research problem(s) – its design and methodology
    • how your proposed research will significantly change the established landscape
    • how your project fits with the timeframe of the award (its feasibility
    • why Cambridge is the “best-fit” environment for this project
    • the appropriateness and demonstration of commitment of the proposed mentor(s)
  • A two page CV
  • A list of your publications