Postdoctoral Research

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017

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.

We are awaiting the publication of the official call details from the British Academy, but can confirm that there will be a three-stage application process for those wishing to apply through the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography at the University of Oxford. The first stage is Application for institutional support (July – August 2017).

Please check carefully your eligibility against the scheme criteria when they are announced.

To be considered for institutional support of your application please send the following to by noon on Wednesday 16 August 2017.

• An outline of research (max 3 pages incl. references, 12 point, 1.5 spaced).

• A CV (max 2 pages).

• A statement of support from mentor(s). The BA require a mentor within the institution, the department requires a member of School staff to mentor each post-doc to ensure our post-docs are fully integrated in departmental life. Two mentors are acceptable.

External applicants should ensure they read the background information below.

Background information

The School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography supports postdoctoral and 'early career' fellowships from internal applicants and from applicants outside of Oxford.

If you are interested in making an application, the first step is to seek a mentor or sponsor who is an academic member of the School. You must have the agreement of both the individual academic and the School in order to make an application. Once you have identified a mentor, contact Jess Williams who will provide further information.

It is strongly recommended that you contact the School in good time (8-10 weeks before funder deadline) if you wish to make an application to a particular scheme or schemes. Links to the funder schemes usually supported by SAME are given below. The list is not exhaustive and other schemes may be considered.

Step 1. Obtaining support (note that there is often a scheme-specific deadline and gathered field evaluation for this step)

All prospective applicants must initially provide: 

  • a cv
  • a summary of the intended project (1-2 A4 pages max)
  • details of the funding scheme (or a link to the online details)
  • a brief statement of support from the mentor

The proposal will be considered by the Research Committee which recommends support or otherwise to the School. All applications will be assessed on academic merit, the viability of the proposed research project, the extent to which the work fits with existing interests of the research cluster, and the extent to which the research speaks to broader interests within SAME. For calls attracting a gathered field, applications will be ranked. The School will also consider its research priorities and resource or space implications when reaching a decision and it does not necessarily support all applications. Please note that School funding in support of post-doctoral positions is not normally available.

Step 2. The application

All external funding applications require the support and approval of both the School and the University's Research Services Office (RSO). Therefore internal deadlines for completion of the application are usually at least two weeks earlier than the funder deadline. The Research Development Officer will assist in completing the financial information for your application.

We strongly recommend that you engage your mentor in the application process and consider carefully any feedback. You should visit the relevant section of the funding body's website and regularly check it for any changes to the scheme or the funding rules.

Please click on the links below for information about applying to the following postdoctoral schemes:

We will also accept applications to other schemes subject to eligibility criteria and funding rules.

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