British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Opens: 5 July 2023

Funder deadline: 4 October 2023

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 2024, 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 2024 (at earliest) and 1st January 2025 (at latest). 

Outline Stage 2023-2024 internal deadlines (provisional)

Faculty EOI: 7 August 2023 

Internal Selection deadline: 21 August 2023

Research Services deadline (incl. Referee Statement): 27 September 2023

Deadline for Applicants (including Organisation Approval): 4 October 2023

Result of Outline Stage Announcement - January 2024

Full guidelines are available on the British Academy website.

Note that it has now been determined that an Internal Selection process will be held in early September. Applicants will be required to submit a draft proposal in order to be considered. For details of what the draft proposal should include, please contact