British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Oxford History Faculty welcomes interest from suitably qualified applicants in this year's British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, for awards to be taken up in autumn 2018. The scheme is designed to "offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship."

Further details can be found on the British Academy website at
The new electronic application form and guidelines are expected to become available on the British Academy's new grants system (see later in the summer.

Applicants applying to hold fellowships in the History Faculty at Oxford are asked to follow the steps listed below:

1. Consider whether this is the best year for you to make the application. In the 2015/16 round the British Academy introduced a new resubmission rule. Applicants are now only able to resubmit the following year if they are invited to do so by the British Academy. (This appears to only apply to applicants who are successful at the outline stage but unsuccessful at the second stage.)

2. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. You must have/expect to have obtained your doctorate by 1 April 2018 and after 1 April 2015, plus you must not have held a permanent academic post. If you applied to the 2015/16 or 2016/17 round, you can only apply again if invited to do so by the British Academy.

3. Think about who your referee for the BA application will be. One referee, usually the external examiner, is required. For guidance on the choice of referee see the FAQs available at The referee will have to write in English and will have to complete an online reference form, rather than submitting their own reference letter, by the application deadline. (This referee does not need to supply a reference for the internal Faculty deadline.)

4. Identify and approach a potential Oxford History Faculty mentor. Ask your mentor to write a reference for the Faculty, confirming that they would be happy to act in this role. References and any questions about them should be emailed to  by noon 29 August 2017.

5. Prepare and submit the internal History Faculty BA PDF application form and send to  by noon 29 August 2017:



6. Your application will then be considered by a member of the Faculty's review panel for this scheme and further guidance will be sent to you.

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