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School of Social and Political Science: Research


British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Application Process and Deadlines

BA follows a two-stage application process for its postdoctoral fellowship scheme involving both an outline and second stage over the period August 2018 to February 2019.  The outline stage for 2018/19 scheme will open on the British Academy's website from 22nd August 2018 and will close on 17th October 2018. However, applicants should be aware that this Fellowship opportunity involves a separate School process that begins before this funder deadline date. 

SSPS Key Stages and Dates for an Outline Application

1. Mentor Identification

Applicants should be aware that SSPS requires a mentor (SSPS core staff) for all early-career fellowships.  Applicants retain the responsibility of first identifying, contacting and securing an agreed mentor for a proposed project application.  We strongly encourage all applicants to contact prospective mentors as soon as possible, and work closely with them in developing their application.

2. Notification of Expression of Interest to School

Once you have a mentor in place, you must let the Research Office know,

3.  Submission to School Panel Process

In order to ensure proposals are as strong as possible, the School will be conducting a review of draft proposals.  The School deadline for consideration for the next round is 20 August 2018. 

If you wish to apply for this scheme then you must send your CV and a 1-2-page project proposal (minimum font 11 for both please) to by 20 August 2018. 

The project must also have Head of Subject Area approval at this stage - your mentor can help to obtain this endorsement before submitting your application for consideration by the School Panel.

4. Development and Submission of Outline Application to BA

The review panel will decide whether the School will support applications and provide feedback to successful candidates in order to strengthen their proposals. The panel will feed back to potential applicants by early September 2018, allowing them sufficient time to proceed to the next stage.  Applicants will receive research office support to develop and submit their proposals for the funder's deadline in October.

General Scheme Timetable

First Stage: Outline

SSPS panel deadline: Monday, 20 August 2018 (CV and 1-2-page summary)

Scheme Opens on BA website: Wednesday 22 August 2018

Comments back from panel: early September 2018

Final draft of BA Outline stage application to SSPS Research Office (PDF of BA Flexigrant application): Monday, 1 October 2018

British Academy Outline Stage application submission deadline for applicants, referees and institutional approval: Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Result of Outline Stage Announcement - January 2019

Second Stage: Full application submission

Second Stage 2018-19

Scheme Opens: 23 January 2019
Deadline for Applicants: 20 February 2019
Result of Second Stage Announcement - End of May 2019

Guidance for Applicants on BA Requirements :

The outline application includes information on past academic experience, publications and the research proposal, but does not include financial information.  Institutional approval is needed. You will need to register with the British Academy Flexigrant system to complete the Outline Stage application.

A budget is not needed at outline stage, as the application contains no financial information. However, an ethical review and School approval are still required at this stage.  Please note the mentor should complete an ethical review in collaboration with the applicant at least 2 weeks before the 17 October funder deadline.

Candidates who successfully pass the initial selection stage will  be invited to submit full proposal via the online submission system Flexigrant. This includes the financial information, as well as a sample of academic work (article, chapter of PhD thesis, etc). The applicant can also then update information on publications, research experience, contact details etc.

Further information on the scheme and applicant eligibility is available from the British Academy Website:

Please inform the School Research Office as soon as you hear back from British Academy that you have been invited to the full stage so that you can receive the necessary support.