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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Fellowships are subject to a restricted application process. Expressions of interest must be received no later than Tuesday 29 August 2017.

Applications hosted by the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

The British Academy will shortly open their call for applications under their prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, with a deadline in early October 2017. These fellowships fund three years of research on a topic of the applicant’s choice, and applications have to be hosted by a UK higher education institution. The information below is based on the historical time frames and may be updated when the British Academy releases their scheme timetable for the 2017 application round.

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.

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 by Tuesday 29 August 2017. 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. We aim to tell you if you have been shortlisted by Friday 8 September 2017. Should the University agree to support your application, you will be notified the week commencing 18 September 2017. At this point you will be asked to commit yourself to applying through Cambridge and complete your eGap submission not later than Wednesday 27 September 2017 to enable the Cambridge Research Operations Office to review and sign off on it as host institution.

The draft application should consist of the following: (i) an academic CV, (ii) a summary of your doctoral or other previous research in about 500 words, and (iii) a research proposal of about 1500 words. We recommend you structure this as below, as these are the key sections of the British Academy application form.

Please email these materials to Any queries may also be sent to that email address.

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 2018. 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’s website at


Title of proposed research

Abstract of proposed research

About 200 words.

Proposed programme

Please give a detailed description of the research programme, including methodology. Applicants should be aware of the importance that assessors place on the viability, specificity and originality of the research programme and of its achievability within the timescale, which should be specified below under Plan of Action.

Planned research outputs

Please indicate here what the expected output(s) from your research programme might be. As appropriate, please state as follows: monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, other (please specify). Details of your plans for publication should be stated under Plans for publication/dissemination below.

Plan of action

Please indicate here a clear timetable for your research programme over the three years of the Fellowship. Try to be as realistic as possible, but keep in mind that research programmes will develop over time and this plan of action is not something that is expected to account for every minute of the three years, and is not unchangeable. But your chances of award will be affected by the assessors’ perception of how viable and realistic this plan is.

Plans for publication / dissemination

Please state in more detail here what plans you have for publication or other dissemination of your research, including potential publishers, journals, conferences etc. that are appropriate for your research subject.