Oxford Sociology invites applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Oxford Sociology invites applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

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*Please note, this opportunity has now closed*

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 25 July 2023
Funder's Deadline: 4 October 2023

Oxford Sociology invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) to participate in the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships with the Department in 2023.

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is one of the most competitive funding schemes for early career researchers. It offers three years of funding for researchers who are within three years of the award of their PhDs, to pursue an independent research project.

Applicants who wish to apply for this funding with Oxford Sociology must secure the support of a senior member of the Faculty as a mentor/supervisor who is actively involved in developing the application, and will commit to support the Fellow in case of award, plan and monitor the progress of the project, and provide advice with regards to the Fellow’s career development and building their capacity as an independent scholar.

Eligibility criteria: 

  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of their PhD to be classified as early career researcher i.e. their research experience should fall within the period from 1st April 2021 to 1st April 2024;
  • They must be a UK or EEA national (or have completed their PhD at a UK university, or have a proven strong prior association with the UK academic community);
  • The scheme is not open to applicants who hold or have held a permanent university post.
  • Applicants must already be of postdoctoral status at the time when the Research Awards Committee meets. Applicants who expect to have had their viva by 1 April 2024, are eligible for consideration, but will have to withdraw their application if the examination is not completed on time.

The competition for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The Outline Stage is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria. The Second Stage is invitation only. You may only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply. Further information on the scheme and eligibility criteria can be found on the British Academy website.

For more information, please read the scheme notes and frequently asked questions on the British Academy website. 

If you are interested in applying for the scheme with the Department, please fill in the application form. A PDF copy of this form should be submitted to research@sociology.ox.ac.uk, along with an academic CV, a Statement of Support from the proposed Mentor, and a Proposal Outline (max 2 pages) which contains the following details: previous research; how your new research idea evolved; the key innovations you are introducing; the knowledge gap your research is proposing to fill; and the expected academic and social impact of your research.

The call for EOI applications with Oxford Sociology closes at 5pm on 25 July 2023. 

Please email research@sociology.ox.ac.uk with any questions.