British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

This scheme is designed to enable outstanding early career scholars to obtain experience of research and teaching in the university environment, which will strengthen their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent posts by the end of the fellowship.  Awards are for three years and applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate.  Please note that unsuccessful applicants are not permitted to re-apply unless invited by the BA to do so.

Oxford Humanities currently hosts over 20 BA Postdoctoral Fellows. Abstracts of current and former Fellows' projects can be found on the British Academy website:

The next application round for fellowships will open in late July 2021 with a deadline in mid-October.


  • The details of the British Academy 2021 call can be found here:

  • For this round only, the BA has extended the eligibility period considering the difficulties faced by researchers as a result of the pandemic. If you have completed your viva voce between November 2018 and April 2022, you will be eligible to apply to this round. 



We are keen to encourage prospective Postdoctoral Fellows from outside Oxford to explore the possibility of applying through the Humanities Division, as well as those currently based here. Initially, you should make contact with the person at Oxford who you would like to be your mentor and ask if they would be prepared to undertake this role. Once they have agreed, follow the steps to obtain approval from the relevant Faculty to make the application (section 1 below).

The British Academy runs a two stage application process each year, with the deadline for outline applications falling in late September/early October and for the second stage in February or early March the following year, for Fellowships to be taken up at the beginning of the following academic year.

Should you be interested in applying through Oxford for a BA PDF, please note that your expression of interest application will be assessed by the relevant Faculty in the first instance. The relevant internal deadlines and requirements for each of the Faculties in the Humanities will be listed here in the summer.

(For Social Sciences, please contact the relevant departmental administrator: 

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Once your application has been approved, a Research Facilitator will work with you on your application.

We will run a workshop in September where we will work through the different parts of the application, and also discuss aspects such objective setting, writing a methodology, workplan and outputs in detail. Once approved by your faculty you will receive an invite to register for this.

The internal deadline for submitting applications via the BA’s Flexi-Grant system will be 5 working days before the external BA deadline – this is to allow time for institutional approval of your application, a requirement by the British Academy.

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