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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

University of Cambridge - Faculty of History

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,816 - £35,845
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th June 2020
Closes: 10th August 2020

The Faculty is delighted to receive applications in any area of History. In this coming cycle we would be particularly keen to receive applications in the following general areas:

Modern European History, American History and Modern British History. But we are open to all strong proposals.

Potential candidates should first contact a suitable mentor from among our existing staff; if needing guidance on whom to approach, please contact the Research Director Professor John H. Arnold. Please note that the scheme is competitive, both at the internal stage, and then in the subsequent application to the British Academy. The Faculty will nominate a small number of successful candidates to the University’s selection process; some will then go on to compete at a national level in the funding competition.

  • Prospective candidates must complete the internal Expression of Interest form (available here) and submit this to before the deadline of 5pm, 10 August 2020.
  • Prospective candidates must include their CV (2 A4 sides maximum), a list of publications, and a writing sample (5,000 words, excluding footnotes) as either Word or PDF documents.
  • Prospective candidates must stipulate an academic mentor. This person MUST be an employee of the University during the period of mentorship, so if a potential mentor currently has a different status they should enquire with the Research Director as to eligibility.
  • The Faculty will then rank Expressions of Interest and submit a Faculty ranking to the RSO by their deadline of 04 September 2020.
  • Candidates who are successful in this internal competition will then be asked to prepare and submit their outline applications to the British Academy.

For further details on the scheme, please consult the British Academy website.

The aim of the British Academy (BA) 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, 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, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.


  • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2020/21 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2018; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2021).
  • Applicants in the 2020/21 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2018 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered.

Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through having already been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university.

Closing Date: 5pm on Monday 10 August 2020

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