Applications for this fellowship are currently closed.

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge welcomes applications for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships.  Please note that the information via this link pertains to the previous competition and the new competition guidelines will be available on 27 July.  It is unlikely that these will differ to any great extent from the previous year and the deadline for the British Academy is likely to be 12 October 2022.

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).

If you are eligible and wish to make an application to CRASSH you must contact the Director of CRASSH, Joanna Page, to discuss your planned research before applying. You should be able to justify why Cambridge, and CRASSH in particular, is the best-fit environment for the project. CRASSH seeks specifically to support projects of enquiry that bring into relation different disciplines or academic methods, in ways that could not easily be accommodated within existing departments or faculties elsewhere in Cambridge.


Applications should be sent to the Fellowships Administrator by 12:00 noon BST on Thursday 11 August 2022 (CLOSED), in time for applications to be assessed and selected to go forward to the Research Strategy Office for further assessment.

Applications should consist of the following:

  • a two-page CV, including the dates on which you had your PhD viva and on which you were awarded the PhD
  • a list of publications (not exceeding one side) NB: DORA principles should be considered when presenting research outputs.
  • A completed Internal selection form. Please note that the form requires you to give the name of a proposed mentor. The British Academy’s expectation is that a mentor will help integrate new fellows into their department. A mentor for a CRASSH project would usually be a member of academic staff in Cambridge, with a current or past involvement with research undertaken in CRASSH, who would be in a position to do this. The Letter of Support from the Head of Department is not required at this stage. If your application is selected to go forward to the Research Strategy Office the Director of CRASSH will prepare the necesssary document to accompany your application materials. The deadline for the Research Strategy Office is 5 September 2022 but your application to CRASSH must reach us by 12:00 noon BST on Thursday 11 August 2022.

Please address all enquiries to


Tel: +44 1223 766886