School of Social and Political Science

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellowships


Application Process and Deadlines

The BA Post Doctoral Fellowship 2022/23 round is due to open on 27 July 2022.

BA follows a two-stage application process for its postdoctoral fellowship scheme involving both an outline and second stage. The 2022-23 round will open on the British Academy's website on 27 July 2022, with deadline dates and further information. However, applicants should be aware that this Fellowship opportunity involves a separate School review and selection process that begins before the BA deadline date, 12 October 2022. Further information is given below.

NB: To be eligible to apply BA requires that applicants completed their PhD viva voce between 1st April 2020 and 1st April 2023. 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.

SSPS Key Stages and estimated Dates for an Outline Application:  2022/23 round

1. Mentor Identification

Applicants should be aware that BA/SPS requires a mentor to be appointed (School of Social and Political Science (SPS) core academic staff member) for all early-career fellowships. Applicants have the responsibility of first identifying, contacting and securing an agreed mentor for a proposed project application. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact and secure the agreement of a prospective mentor in SPS 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 should let the SPS Research Office know of your intention to apply by email to

3. Submission to School Panel Process

In order to ensure proposals are as strong as possible, the School conducts a review of draft proposals. The School deadline for consideration for the 2022-23 round will be 17th August 2022.

If you wish to apply for this scheme then you must send an abbreviated CV (2 page max), a 1-2-page project proposal (minimum font 11, 2 cm margins for both ) and a brief mentor support statement to by the 17th August 2022.

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

4. Development and Submission of Outline Application to BA

The SPS review and selection panel will decide whether the School will support applications and provide feedback to successful candidates in order to strengthen their proposals. The panel will typically feed back to potential applicants by the end of August / early September, allowing them sufficient time to proceed to the BA application stage. Applicants will receive research office support to develop and submit their proposals for BA's estimated deadline in October. This page will be updated when more information is available.

Estimated Scheme Timetable for 2022/23

First Stage application to BA: 2022

  • 17th August 2022: SPS panel deadline: (abbreviated 2 page CV, 1-2 page project summary and mentor statement).
  • 27 July 2022: scheme opens on BA website.
  • August / early September 2022: comments back from panel and candidates told if they have been successful and can proceed with application to BA.
  • Late September 2022: final draft of BA Outline stage application from selected candidates to SSPS Research Office (PDF of BA Flexigrant application).
  • 12 October 2022: British Academy Outline Stage application submission deadline for applicants, referees and institutional approval.

Second Stage: 2023

  • January 2023: successful outline stage applicants invited by BA to submit 2nd stage application.
  • February 2023: BA deadline for 2nd stage applications.
  • Late May 2023: BA contacts applicants concerning outcome of their second stage application.

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 Flexi-Grant system to complete the Outline Stage application.

A budget is not needed at outline stage, as the application contains no financial information but we do ask candidates to liaise with the SPS Research office to work out a draft budget. 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 October funder deadline.

Candidates who successfully pass the initial selection stage will be invited to submit full proposal via the online submission system Flexi-Grant. This includes the financial information, as well as a sample of academic work (article, chapter of PhD thesis, etc). The School Research Office will help you with your budget. 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.