Institute of Archaeology


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2022-23

23 May 2022

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is supporting applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships with an internal deadline of 12 September 2022 for consideration of applications.

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The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for outstanding early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The scheme provides funding to cover the costs of a 36-month fellowship at a UK host institution, and enables the award holder to pursue an independent research project, towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research. 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). Applicants may only apply once in the three years they are eligible.

The 2022-23 call is due to be published 13 July 2022, with an expected deadline for outline applications of 12 October 2022.

Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Applicants who do not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a 'strong prior association' with the UK academic community.  Full eligibility criteria are given on the British Academy website (link below) - applicants are required to confirm their own eligibility to apply to the scheme.

Application process

For the Institute of Archaeology review, applicants must complete the online application form via Flexi-Grant and generate a PDF which should be emailed to Jo Dullaghan, Institute of Archaeology Research Administrator (j.dullaghan@ucl.ac.uk), alongside a CV (max 2 pages, A4) by latest 12 noon on Monday 12 September.

Prospective applicants are required to identify a suitable mentor in the Institute of Archaeology and work together on the application with them. Mentors are also required to submit a statement of support by this deadline indicating how applications meets the criteria given below. Late or incomplete applications or those without the agreed support of a mentor will not be considered.

The Institute of Archaeology review panel will assess applications on the following criteria: quality of the individual applicant appropriate to their career stage (peer-reviewed publications etc.), ambition of the research proposal (is it innovative, intellectually exciting), feasibility of the research proposal (consideration of risks, mitigation strategies/contingency plans), fit of the project with the applicant's existing experience and with current Institute of Archaeology research.

Following the review by the Institute of Archaeology panel, selected candidates will then be mentored through the application process by UCL and Institute of Archaeology staff.

Joint Faculty Briefing 

The Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences at UCL are holding an informational briefing for those considering applying to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship on Wednesday 15 June, 10-11am, on Zoom. The online briefing will present an overview of the funding scheme and application process, as well as tips for writing a successful application. A current British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow will also share their advice and experience of applying.
Registration: https://forms.office.com/r/9aygNt2GmN
Contact: Luis Rego (l.rego@ucl.ac.uk)


  • UCL Institute of Archaeology deadline: 12 noon (UK time) on 12 September 2022
  • British Academy deadline (incl. Referee Statement & Institutional Approval): 5pm (UK time) on 12 October 2022 (expected)
  • Any queries may be directed to Jo Dullaghan (j.dullaghan@ucl.ac.uk)

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