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British Academy Wolfson Fellowships

British Academy Wolfson Fellowship

ROO 1-day deadline: 5pm on 14 May 2019

National deadline: 5pn on 15 May 2019

Purpose

The British Academy/Wolfson Fellowships form a major new joint initiative between the Wolfson Foundation and the British Academy to support the next generation of research and engagement leaders in the humanities and social sciences.  
 
These awards are designed to celebrate and empower 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.
 
The programme will 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.

Funding

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. The funding is not offered on the FEC model, and no institutional costs can be covered. 

Eligibility

Eligible applicants must be resident in the United Kingdom, within 5 years of the award of their doctorate, and have a permanent post at a UK university or other research institution (including museums and galleries). They must have a track record of research excellence consistent with the early career focus of the scheme, demonstrated through their previous academic work and public engagement activity. They should also demonstrate the potential for outstanding qualities of intellectual and academic leadership, especially through their track record of willingness to connect, collaborate and network. They must have shown exceptional talent and imagination in researching issues of global significance and be able to demonstrate their ability to engage a broad audience, both in the lecture theatre and via other modes of communication.


Applicants must have a mentor, either a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) or another academic, during the course of the Fellowship, championing their project and their candidacy. Applicants are responsible for contacting and obtaining the support of a mentor prior to the submission of their application. The Academy is unable to assist in procuring an FBA Champion for applicants. Please note that the Academy does not expect the mentor to be based in the same institution as the applicant. Their role is to give academic support and guidance, not specific support within the institution at which the award-holder is employed.

Please see the British Academy's website and the scheme's Guidance Notes for further details.

Please contact the Faculty's and (Director of Research) if you intend to put forward an application.