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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), completed applications must reach the Director of Research in English and Comparative Literary Stdies (from January 1st 2019, this will be Professor Pablo Mukherjee: and the Department Administrator (Alison Lough, by 28 January 2019 (route A). The eligibility criteria and application procedures are outlined on the Leverhulme Trust website. Please see the 'How to apply' section for details of how to access the application form.

Alternatively, it is possible for candidates to submit an 'expression of interest' to the Faculty by the earlier deadline of 11 January 2019 (route B). All eligible expressions of interest will be subject to an internal selection process and successful candidates will be given support with the development of their full applications by the Faculty's Research and Impact Services team. Further details are available at:

Please note applicants can take either route A (apply through the department for the 28 January 2019 deadline); or route B (apply through the Faculty for the 11 January 2019 deadline), but not both.


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