Department of Political Science


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Call 2021/2022

29 July 2020


The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is now welcoming applications for the 2021/2022 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, which will open at the end of August 2020 and close most probably in mid-October 2020 (forecast based on previous years).

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment. This scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent university post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award holder into the community of established scholars within their field.

 The Fellowship is tenable for three years starting, at the earliest, in September 2021, in a UK based University or Higher Education Institution. The Fellowship is non-renewable. Currently, the Academy funds 80% of salary costs, with the balance paid by UCL. Research expenses are covered at 100% within the upper limit, which is set at £6000 over the three years. The application will be in two stages: the Outline Stage, open for everyone within the eligibility criteria, and the Second Stage, by invitation only. Main points on eligibility:

  • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  • There is no age criterion for these awards. Instead, eligible applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their career. This is defined as being within a three-year period from the award of a doctorate. This period extends from 1st April 2018 to 1st April 2021.
  • Exemption from the above criterion may be granted for reasons occurring after the date of the viva voce examination such as: maternity leave, illness, family commitments etc.
  • Those with a permanent academic post are ineligible to apply.
  • 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. This is typically gained through having been employed in a temporary capacity at a UK university for at least 12 months.

Candidates are required to send their proposal Prof Ben Lauderdale and Monica Burgess (b.lauderdale@ucl.ac.uk / monica.burgess@ucl.ac.uk ) by 9am on 1 September 2020. Please click here for further information on the process and instructions on how to apply.