British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017/18

The Faculty of English and Department of Anglo Saxon Norse and Celtic welcome 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 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.

The timetable for the 2017-18 Postdoctoral Fellowship Competition will be announced here in the Summer of 2017.

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

If you are thinking of making an application for a Fellowship at Cambridge in the Faculty of English or Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, we advise that you make contact now with a potential mentor and with Professor Peter de Bolla for English ( or Dr Rosalind Love for ASNC ( to discuss your project.


Applications to the Faculty should consist of the following:

a) a brief CV (not exceeding two sides), including the dates on which you took their PhD viva and on which you were awarded the PhD;

b) a list of major publications (not exceeding one side);

c) the name of your proposed mentor;

d) a detailed statement of proposed research (maximum 750 words) which should address the following:

  • outline the research problem(s) you are seeking to address and say why it is distinctive;
  • how your proposed research will tackle this research problem(s) – its design and methodology;
  • how your proposed research will significantly change the established landscape;
  • how your project fits with the timeframe of the award (its feasibility);
  • why Cambridge is the “best-fit” environment for this project;
  • the appropriateness and demonstration of commitment of the proposed mentor(s).
  • two letters of reference, one from outside Cambridge.


The timetable for applications is as follows:

Draft applications should be sent to the Faculty Administrator, Marina Ballard ( by 12 noon on Thursday 24th August 2017.

We expected decisions to be made and communicated to potential applicants no later than Wednesday 30 September 2017 (subject to the final confirmation of British Academy deadlines).

For more information about the application process, please contact the Faculty Administrator, Marina Ballard (

For more information about the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme and the British Academy’s application process, please see: