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British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Application Process and Deadlines


In order to ensure proposals are as strong as possible, the School will be conducting a review of draft proposals at the end of August. A review panel will take a decision on whether the School will support applications; provide feedback to candidates to improve their proposals; and ensure candidates are matched with suitable peer reviewers as they work further on their proposal.

The School deadline for this internal review is 18th August. If you wish to apply for this scheme please send your draft application (print out form submission online system e-Gap) to by this date. Applicants will receive feedback by September 2017, allowing them plenty of time to work further on their proposals for the October deadline.

However, we strongly encourage all applicants to contact prospective mentors as soon as possible, and work closely with them in developing their application.

The British Academy Scheme Timetable

Scheme Opens -  23 August 2017 

Deadline for Applicants -  18 October 2017 

Deadline for Institutional Approval - 19 October 2017 

Deadline for Referees - 18 October 2017 

Result of Outline Stage Announcement - end of January 2018

The outline application includes information on past academic experience, publications and the research proposal, but does not include financial information.  Institutional approval is needed.

NOTE: A budget is not needed, as the application contains no financial information. However, the ethical review and School approval are still required at this stage. Please note the mentor should do the ethical review in collaboration with the applicant.


The British Academy Deadline – March 2018 (TBC)

Candidates who successfully pass the initial selection stage will  be invited to submit full proposal via the online submission system e-Gap. 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.

Note: applicants must complete their viva before 1st April 2018 as the board will not give any conditional awards.

Awards for the 2017-2018 round will be announced in May 2018.  Up to 45 awards are expected to be offered.

Details and application forms are available from the British Academy Website:

Please inform the School Research Office as soon as you hear back from British Academy that you were invited to the full stage. We will be able to provide you support in financial aspects and update your application with necessary information.

Approval and Submission

Please see the Obtaining School Approval  webpage for details. 

Please let the Research Office know the outcome of your application.