Postdoctoral Fellowships

On this page, we'll advertise any open opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships that might be useful to those hoping to come and research at UCL History.

UCL History has a thriving community of postdoctoral researchers. Some of these staff are teaching fellows, some are attached to ongoing research projects, and others will bring their own funding from institutions like the Leverhulme Trust or British Academy. You can find a list of our current teaching fellows here and a list of postdoctoral research associates here.

On this page, we'll advertise any open opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships that might be useful to those hoping to come and work at UCL History. Some of these will be attached to larger research projects and others will come from outside institutions.

Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2021-2022

The Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers. The expectation is that Fellows will undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their three-year tenure. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment in the UK.  

Applications are invited from ECRs with a doctorate submitted no earlier than 25 February 2017 (career break exceptions may apply).  If your doctoral thesis will be submitted after this year’s closing date of 25 February 2021, you will be eligible for the 2022-23 competition, but not for this year’s round. For further information and full eligibility criteria please see: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/early-career-fellowships 

Applicants must also be supported by the UK host institution at which they hope to work for the three-year period of the fellowship. It is particularly important that there is a good fit between the applicant’s project and the work of the Department where they hope to be based. This means that if you want to complete a Leverhulme ECF at UCL, you will need to contact us and let us know as soon as possible. We advise that you take a look at the list of our academic staff and identify the person who would be the most suitable mentor for your project. You should then contact them directly by email to outline your background and proposed research. You may also contact our Director of Research Professor Julian Hoppit to advise him of your intended application or to ask any questions about the scheme.

UCL operates a two-stage internal process to select the strongest applicants to put forward for funding. The deadlines and requirements are as follows:

Stage 1
History Department: Submit a two-page research proposal, a summary academic CV (1-2 pages) and the name of your proposed mentor (please ensure that they have agreed) to Claire Morley (claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk) by Monday 12 October (4pm). 

Guidance for departments can be found here: 

Stage 2
Candidates who are selected by the History Department will be put forward for consideration by the Faculty of Social and Historical Science. Each application submitted to the Faculty must be comprised of three parts: 

  • A Leverhulme application form (attached), to be completed by the applicant. This form replicates the online application, which will not be available before the Faculty deadline. 


  • A Departmental Endorsement form (attached), to be completed by the Head of Department. This form replicates the Institutional Approver Details section from the online application, and should be written for the Leverhulme’s reviewers (not the Faculty panel of assessors). Do not assume familiarity with UCL’s staff or structures.


  • A Mentor Supporting Statement (attached), to be completed by the proposed mentor. This should be an honest appraisal of the application, written for the Faculty panel of assessors. The statement should comment on: (a) the proposed project, including its objectives, methods, outputs, and feasibility, as well as its importance to the discipline; (b) the applicant’s preparation to conduct the research; (c) the project’s relationship to the mentor’s expertise, departmental strengths, and broader institutional fit. 


If you are selected by the Faculty, you will be given further advice on how to improve the application to the Leverhulme Trust.

  • Faculty deadline: 4pm, Thurs 19 Nov 2020
  • Faculty outcomes: by Thurs 10 Dec 2020 at the latest
  • Funder deadline: 4pm, Thurs 25 Feb 2021


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

The call is now open for this year’s round of BA postdoctoral fellowships: 

This 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 1st April 2018 to 1st April 2021). If there are extenuating circumstances (illness; parental leave etc.), it may be possible to apply if your viva was before April 2018, but you would need to check with the British Academy. Please note: Applicants may only apply once in the three years they are eligible.

UCL History Department encourages potential applicants to this scheme to contact us if you are interested in basing your work here. If you have a potential mentor in mind, please write to them directly. Otherwise, email the Research Director, Professor Julian Hoppit (j.hoppit@ucl.ac.uk)

Closing date for outline application to be received at the British Academy (including referee’s statement and HEI’s approval): 14 October 2020. 

Deadline for receipt of materials at UCL History Department: Monday 21 September 2020. Please send an outline of your project and a short cv to Claire Morley (claire.morley@ucl.ac.uk). 

Further Details 

Earliest start date: 1 Sep 2021
Scheme opens date: 29 Jul 2020
Outline Deadline date: 14 Oct 2020 - 17:00 BST
Second stage deadline: 10 Feb 2021 - 17:00 BST
Duration of award: Three years
Contact details: posts@thebritishacademy.ac.uk