British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Notify Faculty of intention to apply by: 6 August 2024

Funder deadline: 2 October 2024

This scheme provides full funding for a three year full-time fellowship.

Applicants must be within three years of the award of their doctorate and they must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university, or have a strong prior association with the UK academic community.  The scheme is not open to applicants who hold or have held a permanent university post.  The applicant must already be of postdoctoral status at the time when the Research Awards Committee meets. Applicants who expect to have had their viva by 1 April 2025, are eligible for consideration, but will have to withdraw their application if the examination is not completed on time.

The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research. Applicants who wish to apply for this funding through the Oxford Law Faculty must secure the support of a senior member of the Faculty as a mentor/supervisor. While the fellowship funding will allow for independent research, both the funder and the Faculty require the Fellow to have a mentor to discuss project progress and wider academic life in general on a regular basis.

The application has a two-stage application process, round one has an October deadline and then some applicants will be invited to submit a round two application in February/March. Successful applicants would start their fellowship between 1st September 2025 (at earliest) and 1st January 2026 (at latest). 

Outline Stage 2024-2025 internal deadlines

Notify Faculty of intention to apply by: 6 August 2024

Internal Selection submission deadline: 5pm, 20 August 2024

Research Services deadline (incl. Referee Statement): 25 September 2024

Deadline for Applicants (including Organisation Approval): 2 October 2024

Result of Outline Stage Announcement - January 2025

Full guidelines are available on the British Academy website.

Note that we will be holding an Internal Selection process. Applicants will be required to submit to by 5pm, 20 August 2024 a draft proposal including the following materials:

  • A proposed programme, following the guidance as for the online application form, which has a 2,000 word limit. 
  • Details of previous research, following the guidance as for the online application, which has a 600 word limit. 
  • A statement on how the proposal is distinctive from your previous research (200 word limit). 
  • A short CV (suggested length 2 pages). 
  • A statement of support from the proposed mentor (either sent by the candidate or sent confidentially by the mentor), minimum 1 page, maximum 2 pages. 

For further queries on the internal review materials and process please contact