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:

Eligibility: Applicants must have obtained their doctorate recently (for the October 2017 deadline, the viva must have been passed after 1 April 2015 and no later than 1 April 2018), and must not have held an established teaching post in an institution of higher education. If you have previously applied to the scheme, you can only re-apply if you have been invited by the BA to do so.

Salary: BA Postdoctoral Fellows receive a salary equivalent to a junior lecturer (the first point on the scale currently has a salary of £31,076; salary scales are available via the University's Personnel Division).

Period of award: For successful applicants to the outline and main stage in Autumn 2017 and early 2018, Fellowships would commence between 1 September 2018 and 1 January 2019, and would be tenable for three years (not renewable).

Please also see the BA guidelines:

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. 

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