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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022

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 and Linguistics (MMLL) 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.

More information on the call for applications, including full eligibility criteria, can be found on the British Academy website.

How to apply

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 (.docx, 34KB), 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. References should be sent directly by the individual providing the reference to
  6. A brief note from the proposed Cambridge mentor that they are happy to take on the role

Closing date

Final applications must reach Sarah Stanbridge, the MMLL Research Administrator (, by 5pm on Thursday 25 August 2022.

Please do not hesitate to contact Sarah for further information.

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