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Restricted call: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020 (internal deadline 4th September 2020)

The British Academy has informed us that the Postdoctoral Fellowships call will run again this year.  The Academy has indicated that it is likely there will be no changes to the scheme.



As in previous years, the Academy has asked Universities to reduce the number of applications they are putting forward for the Postdoctoral Fellowships competition in order to improve the quality of applications, and reduce the number of applications the Academy receives to a manageable level. The details of last year’s call can be found on the Academy’s website:


Awards are typically for three years and cover the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow to work full-time on the Fellowship, small-scale research expenses, costs towards the time of a mentor and the host institution's estates and indirect costs.  


University Internal selection: 

This internal selection will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure.

Faculties and Departments are asked to invite applications, rank those received and send the applications and rankings by 4th September 2020 to


The applications should include: 

·         The indicative internal selection form (attached for reference – a final version will be sent in a reminder email once the call opens in August);

·         CV (2 pages maximum) and list of publications;

·         A support letter from the Head of Department/Faculty. The support letter should address the suitability of the applicant for the scheme, commitment from the host department and employment potential (if they are not already in an academic post) and their ranking.


A reminder will be sent once the funding opportunity has been opened by the Academy and the precise details of the funding on offer this year are available. The Faculties and Departments that finalise their internal selection much earlier than the internal deadline are welcome to contact Research Strategy Office so we can find way to support their selection process.


Funder deadline: mid October 2020 (estimated)


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Posted on 26/06/2020

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