British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Oxford History Faculty welcomes applications from suitably qualified applicants for this year’s British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, for awards to be taken up in autumn 2020. 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. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research”.

Further details can be found on the British Academy website at

The new electronic application is expected to become available on the British Academy’s grants system on 21 August 2019.


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. Applicants are now only able to resubmit if invited to do so (usually only if they have reached the second stage of the competition) and still otherwise meet the eligibility criteria.
  2. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. You must usually have/expect to have obtained your doctorate by 1 April 2020 and after 1 April 2017, plus you must not have held a permanent academic post.
  3. Identify and approach a potential Oxford History Faculty mentor. Your mentor will need to be willing to write a short reference to accompany your application by 11 August 2019. Once you have found someone willing to act as your mentor please email so that we can contact them with further guidance on providing your reference.
  4. Contact your referee for the BA application and ensure that they are willing and able to submit their reference on the BA’s system by the application deadline (expected to be in October). One referee, usually the external examiner, is required. For guidance on the choice of referee see the FAQs available at Your referee must write in English and must complete the online reference form, rather than submitting their own reference letter. In a recent change to the application process, the reference must be submitted online before the application can be submitted. (This referee does not need to supply a reference for the internal Faculty deadline.)
  5. Prepare and submit the internal History Faculty BA PDF application form to by 11 August 2019. - History Faculty BA PDF application form
  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.