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School of Politics and International Relations

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme 2022

The School of Politics and International Relations invites early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme to submit expression of interest by 5pm on 8th September. Expressions of interest should be emailed to Amerisida Dibra, Research Manager at and must include:

  • an explanation of the reason(s) for your choice of Queen Mary University of London as the host institution (150 words maximum)
  • an outline of your proposed programme of research (1,500 words maximum)
  • details of your planned research outputs, e.g. monograph, journal article(s), book chapter(s), digital resources, events, other (please specify) (300 words maximum)
  • a combined CV and list of existing publications (2 page maximum)
  • a completed eligibility checklist*
  • a sample of writing, either published or accepted for publication (article or book chapter length)

Applications must demonstrate:

  • the excellence of:
  • your research track record and professional track record (where relevant);
  • your academic record;
  • the research outputs you propose, how you will structure, pursue, and complete it in the time frame, and its importance;
  • the relevance of Queen Mary School of Politics and International Relations to your research and vice versa;
  • who you would like as a mentor and why.

Applications must also demonstrate that and that you are eligible according to the BA’s criteria (see list below).

*The completed eligibility checklist, which should have contained the following information (eligibility requirements are dictated by the BA):

  • Nationality - please confirm that you are either a British citizen or an EEA national, or that you completed your doctorate at a UK university, or that you can otherwise demonstrate 'strong prior association' with the UK academic community.
  • Date of your successful Viva Voce examination. Eligible applicants must have completed their viva voce between 1 April 2020 and 1 April 2023.
  • Confirmation that you have never held a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education.
  • Confirmation that you have never before applied to this scheme (or that you have specifically been invited to reapply following a previous attempt). The British Academy does not allow for re-submissions for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. If you have previously applied and failed to reach the Second Stage of the competition, you are not eligible to re-apply.

Full scheme details can be found on the British Academy website.

All expression of interest packs will be considered by our panel and those that we give institutional support to will have approximately one month to finalise their online application, due on 12 October 2022. N.B. The BA deadline includes receipt of your external reference (usually your external examiner) and Institutional approval.

Selected candidates will be invited to an online workshop for applicants run by QMUL’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which will take place w/c 19 September 2022.


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