Department of Political Science


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Call 2022/2023

14 June 2021

The Department of Political Science is now welcoming applications for the 2022/2023 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, which will most probably open towards the end of July or August 2021, with forecast deadline on 13th October 2021.

British Academy

The Department of Political Science is now welcoming applications for the 2022/2023 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme, with deadline on 14th October 2021. 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, on 1 September 2022, 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 £6,000 over the three years. The application will be in two stages: the Outline Stage (deadline 14th Oct 2021), open for everyone within the eligibility criteria, and the Second Stage, by invitation only (deadline 9th Feb 2022). Main points on eligibility:

  • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
  • Applicants must be within 3.5 years of the award of a doctorate (i.e. with a viva between 1 Nov 2018 and 1 April 2021). NB, this is a one-off extension of the eligibility period by six months in recognition of the impact that Covid-19 may have had on the ability of some researchers to make applications in the past year.
  • Applicants may only apply once in the 3.5 years they are eligible. Previously unsuccessful applicants will only be able to submit another application if specifically invited to do so by the British Academy.
  • Applicants are encouraged to consider moving to a different institution for the Postdoctoral Fellowship from that at which the doctorate was undertaken.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must already be of postdoctoral status at the time when the Research Awards Committee meets. Applicants who expect to have had their viva by 1 April 2022, are eligible for consideration, but will have to withdraw their application if the examination is not completed on time.
  • 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

Click here for more information on the process and how to apply to the Department of Political Science.