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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021


The Faculty welcomes applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

Selection of those candidates whose application to the British Academy will be supported by the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages will take place by competition. The Faculty will then provide support in the preparation of the final application to the BA.

Applicants should be aware that there is a three-stage approval process for these prestigious fellowships, including approval and ranking at Faculty level, approval and ranking at University level and final approval by the British Academy. If you are interested in applying, please discuss with the relevant Head of Section, and/or with the scholar whose work most closely aligns with your proposed research, as soon as possible. Please see the MMLL Research pages for more details.

Applications to the Faculty should consist of the following:

1. A brief CV (not exceeding two sides)

2. A list of major publications (not exceeding one side)

3. A brief statement (maximum 250 words) of current research

4. The internal selection form, including a detailed statement of proposed research (maximum 750 words)

5.  A reference letter, ideally from the applicant's PhD external examiner. If the applicant has not yet had their viva, a reference letter from their PhD supervisor is sufficient.

6. A brief note from the proposed Cambridge mentor that they are happy to take on the role


The BA has extended the eligibility period for this round only, considering the impact that COVID-19 may have had on the ability of some researchers to make applications in the past year: candidates who have completed their viva voce between 1 November 2018 and 1 April 2022 will be eligible to apply to this round.


Final applications must reach Dr Anna Frohnwieser, MMLL Research Administrator (, by 5pm on Wednesday 25th August 2021.

Call details:

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr Anna Frohnwieser for further information

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