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British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

The BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships are intended to enable established scholars, needing relief from teaching and administration, to have the time to bring to completion a significant piece of research, through sustained period of leave for one year.

• Research Funding

Leverhulme Trust

Particular focus is on individuals who have laboured for a long period of time with little or no prospect of dedicating time towards their project or to produce what, in many cases, hopes to be a career defining work.

Please note - applicants who have already applied to the Academy’s 2019-20 round of the Mid-Career Fellowship scheme should note that they are not permitted to apply to the BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship scheme in 2019-20.

Timetable - BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships 2019-20

Scheme opens - 16 October 2019

Deadline for applicants - 27 November 2019

Final award announcement expected - 31 March 2020


Earliest award start date - 1 September 2020

Latest award start date - 1 January 2021



The Academy takes no account of an applicant's age or current status (e.g. Professor, Lecturer) in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, in all cases, award-holders are expected  to be able to disseminate the results of their research not only through publications, but also through feeding into their future academic career after the end of the awards. Any field of study in the humanities and social sciences is suitable for support. Must be employed in a UK institution.

Award support

Each year through the Senior Research Fellowships competition we hope to make eight awards in total. Seven Fellowships are made possible thanks to the generosity of the Leverhulme Trust, while an occasional additional award, known as the Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship, is awarded and provided with support from the Association of Jewish Refugees to say thank you to the people of the United Kingdom for their support for refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.