British Academy Innovation Fellowships Scheme – Route B: Policy-led (FCDO)

Notify Faculty of intention to apply by: 20 September 2023

Deadline: 1 November 2023

The British Academy is inviting applications for funding for a policy-led Innovation Fellowship (Route B), working with their partner, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

The FCDO has specialised research requirements, operating in a context where timely access to high-quality evidence-based analysis can mean the difference between success and failure. These Fellowships will provide an opportunity for researchers to collaborate with FCDO policymakers directly in the heart of this government department’s work.

These Fellowships will take place in the context of the publication earlier this year of the UK Government’s Integrated Review Refresh 2023: Responding to a more contested and volatile world.


The Academy and the FCDO invite applications for Fellowships in any of the following four areas.

  1. The Impact of Serious and Organised Crime on Future UK Foreign Policy
  2. The History of International Development and Aid Policy
  3. Iran
  4. India and other South Asian states

Applicants must be early-career or mid-career researchers based at an institution in the UK (e.g. a Higher Education Institution [HEI] or Independent Research Organisation [IRO]), from disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences. Open-mindedness, innovative methods and an appetite for working collaboratively across academia, policy and practice, and in both academic and non-academic environments are key qualities the funder is looking for.

Applicants are required to obtain a statement of support from their Head of Department as part of this application. This must be received before the application can be formally submitted for approval, and it is strongly advised to ensure that the Head of Department submits the statement well in advance of the formal application deadline.

Please see the scheme guidance notes for more details.

Duration and Value
Awards are for a period of 12 months, with a maximum award value of £120,000 on an 80 per cent Full Economic Costing (FEC) basis. The Applicant must commit between 0.6 and 0.8 FTE time to the Fellowship. Awards are expected to commence no earlier than 1 January 2024 and no later than 31 March 2024.

How to Apply
Applications can only be submitted online using the British Academy Flexi-Grant® Grant Management System (GMS). The deadline for submissions and UK host organisation approval is 1 November 2023 (17:00 GMT)

Internal Deadlines

Research Services: 25 October 2023

Notify Faculty of intention to apply by: 20 September 2023