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Post-Doctoral Fellowships and Research: Application Guidelines

The Classics Faculty welcomes enquiries from potential applicants for a range of post-doctoral programmes including: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships; ERC Starter Grants; Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships; Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships; and Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships. We are keen to support high quality applications that intersect with research already being undertaken or developed in the Faculty.

The basic process to be followed is similar in all cases, though details and deadlines vary.

1. Applicants should be in touch with an academic in the Faculty who works in their area of research to discuss their application as soon as possible (academic staff and their research interests are listed HERE).

2. With the support of their sponsor, a draft application, or at least an outline research proposal should then be submitted to the Faculty Research Officer () by a minimum of four weeks before the relevant deadline (details below). The sponsor should also submit a short statement of their support for the proposal.   

3. Applications that are received less than five working days before the funder deadline will not be submitted by the University, irrespective of support from the sponsor or the Faculty.

4. The Faculty will assess all the proposals thus submitted. For the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships and Leverhulme ECFs there is an internal competition, and we can only support very few applications; otherwise we hope to support all quality applications which intersect with research already being undertaken or developed in the Faculty.

5. We will then let you know whether we are able to support your application in good time for the final submission deadline. We will provide feedback on both those applications we are, and are not, able to support, working with you to make applications as strong as possible before final submission.

Links to the relevant website, current, and past deadlines are listed below. Past deadlines show roughly when the next deadline for the programme is likely to be, but do check the website for details.

 

Newton International Fellowships

The Scheme aims to attract the most promising early career postdoctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of natural sciences, physical sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. Newton International Fellowships last for two years. Funding consists of £24,000 per annum for subsistence costs, and up to £8,000 per annum research expenses.

Applicant deadline: Not currently open for applications

 

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme

The Faculty of Classics invites applications for the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme for entry in 2023. The Faculty (and the University) is limited on the number of applications it may put forward for this competition. The Faculty will submit its ranked supported cases by 5th September 2022.

The scheme funds three years of research on a topic of the applicant’s choice, and applications have to be hosted by a UK higher education institution. You should check the latest eligibility details on the British Academy website. (Please note that the BA website normally updates in mid-July.)

Applications should be emailed to  by 12 August 2022. You should contact an appropriate member of the Faculty to act as mentor and to help you develop your application (for a staff list see here).

The application should include

(i)  the internal selection form

(ii)  a draft British Academy application consisting of the following:

  • CV (2 pages maximum) and list of publications NB: DORA principles should be considered when presenting research outputs.
  • a summary of your doctoral or other previous research in about 500 words
  • a research proposal of about 750 words. This should be structured following the headings in the BA Scheme notes.

 These documents should be supplied as Microsoft Word documents (not PDFs).  Please contact  if you have any questions on this scheme.

 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

The Faculty invites expressions of interest for postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF).

Potential applicants are invited to submit an outline proposal, of no more than two sides of A4, for initial consideration by 1st August . A list of host academics may be found here. For more information about registering an expression of interest and submitting a proposal please be in touch with the .

 

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme

The Faculty invites applications from researchers to the above fellowship. Information for applicants, including on eligibility for the 2022 scheme, is available from the Newton Trust website

An application for the internal competition consists of:

- a cover sheet
- a brief c.v. (not exceeding two sides), and
- a draft of the three items required for the Leverhulme application:

  1. a list of your major publications (maximum one side)
  2. a statement of your current research (maximum 250 words) and
  3. a detailed statement of your proposed research (maximum two sides).

- two letters of reference (one should come from outside Cambridge). Note that the national stage of the Leverhulme competition requires a third reference as well, but this is not necessary for the internal INT competition.

Applicants should submit their documentation to the by Thursday 16 December 2021.

 

Contacts

Faculty Research Officer:

School Research Office: http://www.ahssresearch.group.cam.ac.uk/

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