British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy’s aim in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields. The Fellowships will be tenable for three years from autumn 2014 in a United Kingdom university or other higher education institution, and are not renewable.

Timetable of the 2014 competition 

The British Academy uses a two-stage application process. In this first outline stage, for which the deadline for applications is 9 October 2013, applicants are invited to supply information about their past academic experience, publications, and research proposal. Applications at this stage are not expected to be costed, and institutions are asked simply to approve the application to indicate awareness of it, and agreement that, in the event of the British Academy inviting a second-stage submission, the institution will then (in February 2014) provide a fuller Head of Department Statement, together with full financial details of the Full Economic Costing and research expenses.


Eligible applicants will be expected to have some association with the UK academic community, and to be at an early career stage, (in possession of a doctoral degree by 1 April 2014), not already holding, nor having held, a permanent university post. Further information about these requirements is given below but anyone in doubt about their eligibility or any other aspect of their proposed application is advised to consult the British Academy before completing their application.

Application forms for this scheme are now available on e-GAP: