Postdoctoral fellowships

Find out how to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship with UCL History as your sponsoring department.

UCL History has a thriving community of researchers on fixed-term postdoctoral contracts. 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.

British Academy postdocs 2018-19

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a three-year award for early career researchers in the humanities or social sciences. The fellowship covers the costs of a 36-month fellowship at a host institution of the applicant's choosing (including salary and research expenses), allowing them to pursue an independent research project towards the completion of a significant piece of publishable research.

In order to be eligible, applicants should be within three years of the award of their doctorate (so their viva should have been held between 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2019). They cannot currently hold a permanent academic post and must either be a UK/EEA national or have completed their doctorate at a UK university. If you have worked for 12 months or longer at a UK university you may also be eligible to apply.

Applicants must also be supported by the UK host institution at which they hope to work for the three-year period of the fellowship. This means that if you want to complete a BA Fellowship 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 Margot Finn, to advise her of your intended application or to ask any questions about the scheme.

The deadline for first-stage applications to the Academy is 17 October 2018. By this date, you will need to have submitted your complete application, including an academic reference (usually from the external examiner on your PhD) and an approval from your host institution (UCL).