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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2019/20

The Faculty of English and Department of Anglo Saxon Norse and Celtic welcome applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

The timetable for the 2019 - 2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition will be announced here in the Summer of 2019*.

Selection of those candidates whose application to the British Academy will be supported by the Faculty of English will take place by competition firstly within the Faculty, and secondly by an internal competition across all disciplines within the University of Cambridge. The Faculty will then provide support to the selected candidates in the preparation of the final application to the BA.

If you are thinking of making an application for a Fellowship in the Faculty of English or Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, we advise that you make contact now with a potential mentor and with Professor Pete de Bolla for English ( or Dr Richard Dance for ASNC ( to discuss your project.

Applications to the Faculty should consist of the following:

  • a two page CV, including the dates on which you took their PhD viva and on which you were awarded the PhD;
  • a list of publications (not exceeding one side);
  • the name of your proposed mentor(s);
  • the title of your research project;
  • a detailed description of your research project (maximum 750 words) which should address the following:
    • outline the research problem(s) you are seeking to address and say why it is distinctive;
    • how your proposed research will tackle this research problem(s) – its design and methodology;
    • how your proposed research will significantly change the established landscape;
    • how your project fits with the timeframe of the award (its feasibility);
    • why Cambridge is the “best-fit” environment for this project;
    • the appropriateness and demonstration of commitment of the proposed mentor(s).
  • two letters of reference, at least one of which should be from outside Cambridge.

The timetable for applications is as follows:

Applications, including references to be received via email to the address by Thursday 22nd August 2019.

We expect decisions to be made and communicated to potential applicants no later than 27 September 2019 (*subject to the final confirmation of British Academy deadlines).

For more information about the application process, please contact the Faculty Administrator, Marina Ballard (

Details of last year’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme and the British Academy’s application process can be found on the BA website: