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The University has a fund which provides support for large bids. You can find further information on the Large Bid Fund and guidance how to apply here:

The team in the Research Strategy Ofiice can assist you, as we are aware the application process can be time consuming. The RSO can offer support with facilitation, coordination and input into large complex bids, particularly to promote cross-disciplinary grant applications.

Please get in touch if you are interested and we can help.

Restricted Call: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022-23 (indicative internal deadline: 5 September 2022)

Pre-announcement – Restricted Call: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022-23 (indicative internal deadline: 05 September 2022)

The 2022-23 call is due to be published 13 July 2022, with an expected deadline for outline applications of 12 October 2022. Guidelines are unlikely to fundamentally change from previous years – as a result, this notification is to bring the scheme to your attention and to outline the main eligibility points and requirements. The internal selection deadline and requirements, as well as any updates to this information, will be confirmed and circulated once the call opens in mid-July.

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for outstanding early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent university post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award holder into the community of established scholars within their field.


  • Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. If an applicant does not meet the prior categories, they may be accepted if they can demonstrate ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community.
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (i.e. with a viva between 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2023). Exemptions from this criterion may be granted for extenuating circumstances.
  • Those with a permanent academic post are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants may apply only once in the three years they are eligible. Previously unsuccessful applicants will be able to submit another application only if specifically invited to do so by the British Academy.

Funding available

Awards are typically for three years and cover 80% of salary costs, directly allocated, and indirect costs under full Economic Costing. Research expenses are covered at 100% at up to a maximum of £6,000 over the three years (equivalent to £2,000pa).

Further information on the scheme is available from the British Academy website – however, please do remember that the current details on the website refer to 2021-22 round for now

University Internal selection:

The University operates an internal process for all applicants wishing to undertake this Fellowship. To improve quality of applications, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls policy.

Departments and Faculties are not capped on the number of submissions to the internal selection process. However, to ensure quality control, we invite departments to rank their candidates and submit only the highest-ranking proposals to the internal selection process. Once ranked, departments should send their nominations to by 05 September 2022. In your communication, please indicate the total number of applications the department has received.

All internal nominations should include:

  1. Information about departmental ranking, including the total number of proposals submitted to the department.
  2. The attached internal selection form for each candidate.
  3. Applicant’s brief CV (2 pages maximum) and list of publications

NB: DORA principles should be considered when presenting research outputs.

  1. A support letter from the Head of the Department / Centre / Institute that will hold the grant. The statement should:
    1. confirm departmental support for the application;
    2. comment briefly on the match between the proposed research and the interests of the department;
    3. and agree to host the grant.

Indicative funder deadline: 12 October 2022, 5pm.

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