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Postdoctoral information

Postdoctoral Fellowships
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships aim at providing outstanding candidates with the opportunity to pursue a dedicated research project and gain teaching experience in an early phase of their academic career. Applicants must not have been awarded their PhD longer than three years ago and Fellowship awards will be for three years. It is important to note at the outset that the British Academy no longer allows unsuccessful candidates to reapply unless specifically invited to do so.

Candidates who wish to apply through the Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick should first contact a possible faculty mentor. This would be the person in the Department whose research more closely matches your own and with whom you would be collaborating throughout the application process. Once the chosen sponsor has agreed to serve in that role prospective candidates should start preparing their applications. First they should communicate their intentions with a very brief description of the area to be researched and include the name of the Departmental sponsor and a CV to the Director of Research ( and the Department Administrator ( The British Academy usually opens the call for Fellowships in mid-August with a submission deadline of early October. Once the online applications are available prospective candidates should prepare a complete draft together with their sponsor. These should be sent to the Research Director to be evaluated by the Research Committee by 1 September 2017. A decision on whether the Department will support the application will be reached by 8 September. If an application will receive Departmental support then the candidate will be asked to work together with the departmental sponsor and the Faculty of Arts’ Research Officer toward having a complete draft for submission by the end of September (or at least five days before the BA deadline) in order to receive the formal approval at Faculty level.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

For the 2017/18 round applications must reach the Director of Research (Professor Neil Lazarus, and the Department Administrator (Alison Lough, by Monday 8th January 2018.

The eligibility criteria and application procedures outlined on the Leverhulme Trust website

Newton International Fellowships

Postdoctoral fellowship providing a salary, and continuation funding for up to ten years post fellowship. Applications open from 14th December and close on 1st February 2010. You apply jointly with a UK sponsor. See Newton Fellowships

Junior Research Fellowships

Advertised in the Oxford Gazette for Oxford colleges; and in the Cambridge Reporter for Cambridge colleges.

The Wellcome Trust

Funding for medically-based research, including interdisciplinary research encompassing medicine and the humanities

Further external funding/careers advice

The AHRC offer national seminars, in designated areas, as part of their Collaborative Doctoral Training Programme.

For study and research visits to Germany, the DAAD offers up to 1000 Euros. Go to the website for more information.

For opportunities to research in Venice, in specified areas including literature, take a look at the Cini Foundation

For language learning, study and work experience in Japan, see available funding from the Daiwa Foundation on their website

Job advertisements can be found online and weekly in The Times Higher Education and Guardian. English Department students have free access to the MLA job listings: contact the Postgraduate Secretary for details of password access

Jobs and opportunities in Japan, click here for the Japan Research Career Information Network

Beyond the PhD is an external website with podcasts and ideas for life after the doctorate

The European Society for the Study of English offers some bursaries for travel for PhD students: click on ESSE

Chawton House Library fellowships (a specialist library of women's writing offering 1-3 month fellowships): click here.


For information about pursuing postdoctoral work in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, please contact our Director of Research, Professor Neil Lazarus (