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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Expressions of interest are invited for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, tenable in the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick. These awards are intended to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing 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 Centre is keen to encourage new research and support postdoctoral projects and with that in mind, potential applicants for this scheme are invited to send a 2-page CV and outline of their project to the Centre’s Administrator, Jayne Sweet (, by 12 noon on Tuesday 12 September 2017. Selected applicants will work with mentors to help strengthen their applications before submission at the end of September. 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 are likely to be rejected.

Competition timetables are available at

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 2017-18 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2015; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2018)
  • Applicants in the 2017-18 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2015 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