This scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36 month fellowship at a host institution of your choosing. The purpose of this award is to enable the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research.
The competition for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The Outline Stage is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria (see below). The Second Stage is invitation only. You may only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply. Applications are only accepted through our grants management system, Flexi-Grant®.
Funded by BEIS
Outline Stage 2019-20
Scheme Opens - 22 August 2019
Deadline for Submission 16 October 2019
Result of Outline Stage Announcement - early January 2020
Applications must be complete and submitted by 5pm (UK time) 16 October 2019. This includes the Referee Statement and Organsation Approval.
Second Stage 2019-20
Scheme Opens - late January 2020
Deadline for Applicants mid February 2020
Result of Second Stage Announcement - June 2020
Earliest Start Date: 1st September 2020.
Latest Start Date: 1st January 2021.
- British citizens and nationals from the European Economic Area are eligible, regardless of where their doctorate was obtained. Anyone of any nationality who has a doctorate from a UK university is eligible. If an applicant does not meet the prior categories, they may be accepted if they can demonstrate ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community. This typically means a current significant period of employment at a UK institution in either a teaching or research position at a postdoctorate level, which is not permanent. Postgraduate degrees (MA or MSc) do not count.
- Early Career Status: There is no age criterion for these awards. Instead, eligible applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career. This is defined as being within a three-year period from the award of a doctorate. This period extends from 1st April 2017 to 1st April 2020. Exemption from this criterion may be granted for reasons occurring after the date of the viva voce examination such as: maternity leave, illness, family commitments etc.
- 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 2020, are eligible for consideration, but will have to withdraw their application if the examination is not completed on time.
- No applicant who has been appointed to a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education at any time in their career will be eligible.
- The British Academy does not allow for resubmissions for the Postdoctoral Fellowship. If you have previously applied and failed to reach the Second Stage of the competition, you are not eligible to re-apply. Previously unsuccessful applicants will only be able to submit another application if specifically invited to do so by the British Academy.
Duration of Award
Awards are for 3 years
Awards are offered on a Full Economic Costing basis. There is no fixed amount awarded for the Fellowships and the value of award will vary depending on the host institution. Awards support the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow to work full-time on the Fellowship, small-scale research expenses (up to a maximum of £6,000 across the duration of the award), costs towards the time of a mentor (equivalent to one hour per month for the 36 months of the Fellowship) and the host institution's estates and indirect costs.
Applicants must be supported by one self-nominated referee, who will be asked to fill in a questionaire via Flexi-Grant. The referee should normally be the external examiner or, if not available, someone else who is as external to the applicant as possible.