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School of Geography

British Academy Post-Docs 2023

Funding Call: BA Postdoctoral Fellowships

The School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, invites expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2023/2024 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship competition.

About the fellowships

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship offers outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in an academic environment. This scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent academic 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.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be within three years of their successful viva voce examination. For this round of competition, applicants are expected to have completed their viva voce between 1 April 2021 and 1 April 2024. Exemption from this criterion may be granted for reasons occurring after the date of the viva voce examination such as: maternity leave, illness, family commitments etc but must be confirmed with the BA prior to application.
  • Applicants must be a British citizen 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 a previous period of non-permanent employment (for a minimum of 12 months) at a UK university.
  • Not have held a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education at any time in their career.
  • Resubmissions of previously unsuccessful applications are not permitted unless by invitation of the British Academy

The eligibility criteria listed above are based on the 2023/24 guidance

How to apply

This scheme is extremely competitive. As a result, QMUL will only support the strongest of applicants. Candidates interested in applying for a fellowship based at The School of Geography should submit an Expression of Interest to by 9th August 2023 including the following:

  • an explanation of the reasons for your choice of the School and Queen Mary as your host institution which should include a proposed mentor (150 words maximum)
  • an outline of your proposed programme of research (1,500 words maximum)including consideration of method, sources, and significance
  • your planned research outputs, e.g. monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, events (workshops, conferences), other (please specify) (300 words maximum)
  • a list of existing publications (1 page maximum)
  • a CV (2 pages maximum)
  • a draft sample of writing, either published or accepted for publication (article or book chapter length).

Your application should demonstrate:

  • that you are eligible according to the BA’s criteria
  • the excellence of your research track record and professional track record (where relevant);
  • your fit with the School and relevant links to the Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences

The deadline for EOIs is 9th August 2023.  All applications will be considered in an internal selection process and candidates notified shortly after the deadline.

Successful applicants will then have approximately one month to finalise their outline application, due 4 October 2023. They will also be invited to attend an orientation session run by The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences about the final stages of application. This will take place w/c 4 September 2023.

Support for postdoctoral researchers in the School of Geography

The School of Geography at QMUL is a notable centre for the nurture of postdoctoral and early career colleagues. Postdoctoral researchers in the School are supported by their research mentors and are part of a vibrant research community. The School runs an annual Staff Research Conference and a research seminar series, which runs throughout the year providing opportunities for PDRs to present their research to the School. Research theme groups hold many additional research events and workshops.

The QMUL Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Researchers Network offers additional support. As well as regular talks and workshops, there are opportunities to meet other ECRs from across the Faculty to share experience and knowledge of the process of establishing an academic career.

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