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The British Academy / Wolfson Fellowships

These awards are designed to celebrate and empower early-career researchers who show exceptional talent in both research and public engagement, emphasising and demonstrating the importance of academic research and creative thought at a time of rapid political and societal change.

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The Wolfson Foundation

These awards provide early-career academics with the most valuable commodity – time – by releasing them from some of their administration and teaching duties to pursue their research, along with funding for public engagement and travel. The award duration is three years.

Emphasis is also placed by the Academy and the Wolfson Foundation on the importance of award-holders communicating their plans and results to a broad audience. It is expected that six awards will be offered in this first call, and that they will continue to participate with future cohorts building a network of outstanding researchers.

The grant maximum is £130,000 across three years. Awards can be used flexibly: at least £90,000 for time buy out, and up to £40,000 for research and travel expenses and dissemination of findings. The funding is expected to be divided: first, to buy out time of the academic duties of the award-holder in order to focus on their research goals. Secondly, for travel and public engagement across the three years of the award to help with research costs and to undertake dissemination of the findings from the fellowship research locally, nationally and globally.

Applicants will be expected to already have a permanent post at a UK university or other research institution, such as a museum or gallery, which can provide a suitable environment and support for applicants. Applicants should have research, teaching and other related duties from which they would need to be released in order to heighten their focus on the research and engagement supported through the fellowship. The British Academy welcomes applications from museums and galleries, including but not necessarily limited to those with Independent Research Organisation (IRO) status.

For more details about the programme and eligibility requirements, please see the British Academy / Wolfson Fellowships Scheme Guidance and FAQs.

Timetable of the 2019 Competition
Competition opens: 6 March 2019
Application deadline: 5pm on 15 May 2019
Decisions (notification via e-mail): by 31 July 2019
Earliest start date: not earlier than 1 January 2020 and not later than 31 March 2020

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