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Postdoctoral Fellowships available for early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in Humanities or Social Sciences.

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  • Internal deadline: 5th September 2022
  • Funder deadline: 12th October 2022
  • Funding: 80% salary, up to £6000 research costs
  • Duration: 3 years

*Please note: this call is being managed in accordance with the University of Cambridge restricted calls procedure.*

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in an academic environment. This scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent academic post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award holder into the community of established scholars within their field. The Fellowship is tenable for three years, starting Autumn 2023 in a UK-based university or higher education institution or independent research organisation. Suitable subjects for the Fellowship include any field of study within the Humanities or Social Sciences.

In June, the Research Strategy Office informed departments and schools that the British Academy was planning to open the next round of their 2022-23 Postdoctoral Fellowships in July. We are pleased to announce that the scheme has just opened and the University’s internal selection process can now commence.

All eligibility rules and the level of funding offered remain as advertised at the pre-announcement stage.


  • Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. If an applicant does not meet the prior categories, they may be accepted if they can demonstrate ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community.
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (i.e. with a viva between 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2023). Exemptions from this criterion may be granted for extenuating circumstances.
  • Those with a permanent academic post are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants may apply only once in the three years they are eligible. Previously unsuccessful applicants will be able to submit another application only if specifically invited to do so by the British Academy.

Funding available

Awards are typically for three years and cover 80% of salary costs, directly allocated, and indirect costs under full Economic Costing. Research expenses are covered at 100% at up to a maximum of £6,000 over the three years (equivalent to £2,000pa).

University Internal selection:

The University operates an internal process for all applicants wishing to undertake this Fellowship. To improve quality of applications, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

Departments are not capped on the number of submissions to the internal selection process. However, to ensure quality control, we invite departments to rank all their candidates and submit only the highest ranking proposals to the internal selection process. Once ranked, departments should send their nominations to by 05 September 2022. In your communication, please indicate the total number of applications the department has received.

All internal nominations should include:

  1. Information about departmental ranking, including the total number of proposals submitted to the department.
  2. The attached internal selection form.

NB: Following a couple queries from departments, the form has been updated to clarify eligibility questions. However, please note that both the pre-announcement and the attached versions of the form will be accepted for the internal selection process.

  1. Applicant’s brief CV (2 pages maximum) and list of publications.

NB: DORA principles should be considered when presenting research outputs.

  1. A support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant. The statement should:
    1. confirm their support for the application;
    2. comment briefly on the match between the proposed research and the interests of the department;
    3. and agree to host the grant.

Funder deadline: 12 October 2022, 5pm.

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Originally published by the University of Cambridge Research Strategy Office: and the British Academy: