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Faculty of Classics


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. A guide summarising the various schemes is available here. 

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.


British Academy International Fellowships 2023 (Closed)

The British Academy International Fellowships 2023 call is now open.  Previously called the Newton International Fellowships, the aim of programme is to attract and retain emerging international early career talent in the UK and build a globally connected, mobile research and innovation workforce.  

Funder Deadline: 28 March 2023

Award: Salary (funded at 80% fEC) for three years, plus up to £12,000 research expenses and up to £8,000 relocation costs (funded at 100% fEC).

 More information and eligibility requirements can be found on the scheme website.

Faculty deadline: Noon on Monday, 6th March 2023


British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme (Opens 5 July)

The Faculty of Classics invites applications for the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme for entry from September 2024. Supported cases will be submitted to the University's Research Office by 4th September 2023.

The scheme funds three years of research on a topic of the applicant’s choice, hosted by a UK higher education institution. To determine if you are eligible to apply, please refer to the guidance notes on the British Academy website. 

Applications should be emailed to  by 11 August 2023. 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 applications to the Faculty should include:

  • 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 
  • a detailed description of the proposed research programme
  • one reference from a self-nominated referee, according to the BA guidance

 Please contact  if you have any questions on this scheme.


Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowships

The Faculty invites expressions of interest for postdoctoral MSCA Fellowships. Potential applicants are invited to submit an outline proposal, of no more than two sides of A4, for initial consideration by 1st August 2023. 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 2024

The Faculty invites applications from researchers to the above fellowship scheme. 

Matched funding for the scheme at Cambridge is provided by the Isaac Newton Trust. There is a pre-selection competition for candidates intending to apply for the Leverhulme Trust awards, which takes place in advance of the Newton Trust's deadline of Friday 17th November 2023. (The Faculty of Classics may submit up to 2 applications to the Isaac Newton Trust matching funding competition.)

Applicants should identify 2 referees (at least one of which must be external to Cambridge) who would be prepared to provide a reference by Monday 13th November 2023, if required and requested by the Faculty of Classics.

Applicants are advised to refer to the Leverhulme Trust website details about the Scheme, and to check that they meet the eligibility conditions before submitting expressions of interest to the Faculty of Classics. See

An application for the internal competition consists of:

-  a completed INT Internal Competition cover sheet (this can be found on the following webpage:
- 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 12.00 noon GMT on 14th November.



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