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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance (CSR) invites expressions of interest for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. These awards are intended to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment that will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent academic posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

The CSR is among the most active such institutes worldwide. It is strongly interdisciplinary (with particular strengths in medieval and Renaissance thought, literature, history, history of art, and religion) and is noted for its global connections, for instance with the Newberry Library (Chicago) and its consortium, Johns Hopkins University, the Warburg Institute, Ca' Foscari University (Venice), and Monash (Australia). With over forty members across the University, it has a lively community of postdoctoral researchers and is keen to support outstanding new fellows. With that in mind, potential applicants for this scheme are invited to send a 2-page CV and an outline of their project to the Centre’s Administrator, Jayne Sweet ( and to the Centre’s Director, Professor David Lines ( by 4:00pm GMT on Friday, 13 September 2019. Selected applicants will work with mentors to help strengthen their applications before submission (deadline, 16 October). If there is a member of Warwick staff whom you wish to name as a possible mentor, please give details.

The British Academy’s deadlines for the scheme are tight: candidates whose initial applications to the Centre are not already well developed (or who do not have a credible plan for submitting a monograph in 2019-20, before starting the BA Fellowship) are not likely to be supported.

Competition timetables, eligibility requirements, notes for the scheme, and answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available at

Documents to Submit

Expressions of interest, sent to both Mrs Sweet and Prof. Lines, should consist of one document made up of the following components:

• a 2-page academic CV, including date of PhD, name of external examiner, title of dissertation, publications (for those in press, specify foreseen date of publication and number of words) and any awards

• a research proposal, consisting of the following elements:

  • title and 150-word abstract

  • reason for choosing Warwick as the host institution (limit, 150 words)

  • a description of previous (usually doctoral) research (limit, 600 words)

  • a detailed description of the proposed programme of research, including methodology, sources, originality, and significance (limit, 1500 words)

  • a plan of action (limit, 800 words) outlining the feasibility and viability of the research programme

  • a description of planned outputs (monographs, journal articles, etc.) (limit, 300 words)

  • further details on the specific publishers and journals or conferences through which the research will be disseminated (limit, 500 words)

  • proposed start/end dates

  • language competencies

Eligibility Synopsis

    • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship

    • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2019-20 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2017; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2020)

    • Applicants in the 2019-20 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2017 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered

    • Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university

    • For further points on eligibility, see the British Academy’s website