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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, as well as history of medicine, science, 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. The CSR has been successful with this scheme in recent years and currently hosts two BA Postdoctoral Fellows: Bobby Xinyue and Esther van Raamsdonk.

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Warwick is one of the world’s top 50 Arts and Humanities faculties and is home to a thriving research culture spread across seven Departments and Schools (see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/research/).

Applications are welcomed from candidates who have a strong research profile and meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • They must be in possession of a doctoral degree by 1st April 2022
  • They must be either a UK/EEA national, have completed their doctorate at a UK university or have a strong prior association with the UK academic community
  • They must not yet have held a permanent academic appointment
  • For this round only, the BA have extended the eligibility period considering the difficulties faced by researchers as a result of the pandemic, recognising the impact that Covid 19 may have had on the ability of some researchers to make applications in the past year. If you have completed your viva voce between November 2018 and April 2022, you will be eligible to apply to this round.

Appointments at the University of Warwick are dependent on the award of the Fellowship. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during the funded period. For more information on the scheme’s aims and eligibility criteria, please visit https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/funding/postdoctoral-fellowships/

Prospective applicants are required to identify an academic mentor at the University of Warwick. Candidates should approach their mentor to discuss the project at the earliest opportunity.

Applications will require approval from the proposed host department. For this, candidates will need to send the following information by email to Colette Kelly, Research Support Officer for the Faculty of Arts (Colette.Kelly@warwick.ac.uk) by 5pm onThursday 9th September 2021 for the purpose of an internal selection round:  

  • A short description of their proposed project (maximum 2 A4 pages)
  • A copy of their CV (maximum 2 A4 pages)
  • The name of their proposed mentor at the University of Warwick
  • The name of their referee (please note that referees will not need to provide a statement for the internal selection round).

If their application is approved, candidates will be invited to submit their full proposal through Flexi-Grant, the British Academy’s application portal. They will be supported in this process by the University’s Research and Impact Services team. For more information about this and for any other enquiries about the scheme, please contact Colette Kelly on the above email address. The deadline for submissions is 14th October 2021.

Potential applicants through the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance are strongly encouraged to contact, in the first instance, the Centre’s Director (Prof. David Lines: d.a.lines@warwick.ac.uk) to discuss their project and receive advice on the best mentor for it.

N.B. Applicants who have just recently finished their PhD and/or do not already have a strong publication record are unlikely to be successful in this competition and would be well advised to apply for different postdoctoral schemes.