The British academy/wolfson fellowships

The British Academy is now inviting applications to the British Academy / Wolfson Fellowships. The application form is available online on the Flexi-Grant Application system. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25 November 2020, 5pm UK time.

Purpose of the scheme
The British Academy / Wolfson Fellowships provide early-career academics with the most valuable commodity – time – by releasing them from some of their administration and teaching duties to pursue their research, along with funding for public engagement and travel. The award duration is three years.

These awards are designed to support early-career researchers who show exceptional talent in both research and public engagement, emphasising and demonstrating the importance of academic research and creative thought at a time of rapid political and societal change.

Applicants should already have a full-time or part-time permanent or fixed term post at a UK university or other research institution, such as a museum or gallery, which can provide a suitable environment and support for applicants. 

Applicants should have research, teaching and other related duties from which they would need to be released in order to heighten their focus on the research and engagement supported through the fellowship. 

Applicants should be within seven years of completion of their doctorate, though we also welcome applications from those researchers who have had to take time out since the completion of their PhD for maternity / paternity / adoption leave, for caring responsibilities or for periods of illness.

Level of award
The grant maximum is £130,000 across three years. Awards can be used flexibly: at least £90,000 for time buy out, and up to £40,000 for research and travel expenses and dissemination of findings.

The funding is expected to be divided: first, to buy out time of the academic duties of the award-holder in order to focus on their research goals. Secondly, for travel and public engagement across the three years of the award to help with research costs and to undertake dissemination of the findings from the fellowship research locally, nationally and globally.

Applying for this scheme
Applications are available online on the Flexi- Grant application system.

Application deadline: 5pm on 25 November 2020
Decisions (notification via e-mail): by 3 February 2021
Earliest start date: not earlier than 1 September 2021 and not later than 1 January 2022.
For further information on the scheme please contact the Research Funding Team at

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