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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 have been awarded their PhDs within the past three years 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 potential faculty mentor/sponsor. This should be a person in the Department whose research closely matches your own and with whom you will collaborate 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 by sending a brief description of the area to be researched (including the name of their Departmental sponsor) and a CV to the Director of Research (currently Neil Lazarus: 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 BA has made online applications for the Fellowships available, prospective candidates should begin to prepare their applications in consultation with their sponsors. Drafts should be sent to the Director of Research by 1st September. A decision on whether the Department will support individual applications will be reached by 8th September. Candidates whose applications have received departmental endorsement should then work together with their sponsors and the Faculty of Arts’ Research Officer to ensure that they have their applications ready for submission by the end of September (or at least five days before the BA deadline), in order to receive formal approval at cross-Faculty level.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

For the current round (Fellowships starting in the 2019-20 academic year), applications must reach the Director of Research (from January 1st 2019, this will be Professor Pablo Mukherjee: and the Department Administrator (Alison Lough, by Monday 28th January 2019.

The eligibility criteria and application procedures are 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: until 31st December 2018, Professor Neil Lazarus (; from 1st January 2019, Professor Pablo Mukherjee (