BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, British Academy

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

British Academy

Application deadline: various deadlines

The BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants are available to support primary research in the humanities and social sciences. These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.

By far the British Academy’s most popular scheme in terms of applications received and number of awards made, the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants stand as one of the Academy’s highest profile programmes with awards in 2015/16 made to academics working at over 100 Institutions around the UK.

These awards, up to £10,000 in value and tenable for up to 24 months, are provided to cover the cost of the expenses arising from a defined research project.

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (Autumn 2016)

Scheme Opens – 1 September 2016

Deadline for Applicants – 12 October 2016

Deadline for Institutional Approval – 13 October 2016

Deadline for Referees – 27 October 2016

Final Award Announcement expected – 31 March 2017

Earliest Award Start Date – 1 April 2017

Latest Award Start Date – 31 August 2017

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (Spring 2017)

Scheme Opens – 12 April 2017

Deadline for Applicants – 24 May 2017

Deadline for Institutional Approval – 25 May 2017

Deadline for Referees – 8 June 2017

Final Award Announcement expected – 31 August 2017

Earliest Award Start Date – 1 September 2017

Latest Award Start Date – 31 March 2018


Awards are open to postdoctoral scholars (or equivalent) who are ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom. Applications require the approval of the applicant’s employing institution, but are not limited to those of any particular status (e.g. Lecturer, Professor etc). Application may be made by independent scholars (who should choose ‘independent scholar’ as the relevant choice from the list of organisations in e-GAP). Co-applicants may be from anywhere in the world, but the Principal Applicant must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Level of award

Up to £10,000.

Please note that the funding provided through the Small Research Grants scheme cannot be used to cover the cost of replacement teaching, payment in lieu of salary or computer kit and that the scheme is not covered within the FEC regime – the £10,000 are available to the award-holder only for direct research expenses.

Period of award

Grants are tenable for between 1 and 24 months.

All applications should demonstrate that Academy funds are sought for a clearly defined, discrete piece of research, which will have an identifiable outcome on completion of the Academy-funded component of the research.

The first recourse for funding should be to your own institution (where applicable). Applications will not be considered for less than £500. The maximum grant is £10,000 over two years. Applications for collaborative or individual projects are equally welcome under this scheme. Applications from international groups of scholars are welcome, provided there is a UK-based scholar as lead applicant.

Funds are available to facilitate initial project planning and development; to support the direct costs of research; and to enable the advancement of research through workshops or conferences, or visits by or to partner scholars. Applicants may seek support for any combination of eligible activity and cost up to the overall limit of £10,000. The Academy will assess applications equally on their merits, with no preference as to mode of enquiry.

Grants are not intended to support interchange between UK and overseas scholars where there is no planned programme of activity to meet a clearly specified research objective (dissemination of results of research conducted under the aegis of the project for which funding is sought is a permitted purpose, but applications purely to organise an international conference, whether held in the UK or overseas will not be considered); nor are grants intended solely to support attendance at open conferences organised by a third party or international organisation. (In other words, this scheme does not cover applications that might previously have been made to the now discontinued British Academy’s Conference Support Grant or Overseas Conference Grant schemes, unless there is a direct connection to the dissemination of results of research funded under this proposal.)

For more information and to apply, click here.


Research Grants, British Library

Research Grants (Endangered Archives Programme)

British Library

Application deadline: 4th November 2016

The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

NB The specific focus of this Programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society’s development, normally located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are limited.

These grants will be the primary means by which Arcadia will contribute to the urgent task of identifying, preserving and making accessible such archival collections before they are lost to international scholarship forever.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Associate Lecturer, Birkbeck

Associate Lecturer A in Medieval History (11964)

Birkbeck, University of London

Application deadline: 12th September 2016

Purpose and Main Duties

We are looking for someone to teach the undergraduate module, entitled Living in the Middle Ages, as maternity cover for the academic year 2016-17.

This is an optional module, Level 6 (Group 2), for advanced undergraduates on BA Archaeology and BA History. It covers the history and archaeology of daily life in the period between ca. 350 and ca. 1500. This module develops students’ familiarity with medieval material culture and textual records, concentrating on daily life in Europe, Byzantium and the Islamic world from ca. 350 to ca. 1500.

It will be taught on Thursdays, from 6pm-8pm, between October and March, with an exam in May/early June. This module is taught as a weekly 2-hour session, delivered by a combination of lecturing, group work, and seminar discussion to concentrate on primary source material and theoretical or historiographic analysis of the medieval evidence.

Candidate Requirements

The minimum requirements for selection are listed below:

  • Breadth or depth of specialist knowledge within the subject areas of Medieval Archaeology or History;
  • Effective presentation skills and ability to lecture and lead taught sessions clearly and effectively;
  • Formal teaching experience;

Please note: candidates need to demonstrate competence or significant potential in all areas.

In addition it is desirable that candidates have:

  • Research interests in medieval Archaeology and History, broadly defined;
  • Experience of teaching within a HE environment or with adult learners.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Mid-Career Fellowships, British Academy

Mid-Career Fellowships

British Academy

Application deadline: various deadlines

The British Academy intends, through this scheme of Mid-Career Fellowships, both to support outstanding individual researchers with excellent research proposals, and to promote public understanding and engagement with humanities and social sciences.

Application Timetable – Mid-Career Fellowships Outline Stage 2016

  • Scheme Opens – 10 August 2016
  • Deadline for Applicants – 14 September 2016
  • Deadline for Institutional Approval – 15 September 2016
  • Deadline for Referees – 22 September 2016
  • Result of Outline Stage Announcement – December 2016

Aim of the award

The aim of the scheme is to allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and  administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to  the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for  evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and  communication of the results of the research during the period of the Fellowship.

Scope of the award

The awards support outstanding individual researchers and outstanding communicators who will promote public engagement and understanding of the humanities and social sciences. Applicants will be asked in their proposal to set out specific plans for the dissemination of their research to a broad audience, in addition to publication in the usual  academic press and journals. Awards will be judged both on the excellence of  the research proposed and on the capacity of the applicant to communicate with a broad audience. Applicants are invited to indicate ways in which their proposed programme will contribute to advances in understanding, including public understanding, in their subject area and to the identification of appropriate strategic priorities in the social sciences and humanities.


These Fellowships are awards to individuals employed at UK universities or other UK institutions of higher education, and the Academy is looking particularly to support mid-career scholars. The Academy takes no account of an applicant’s physical age or current status in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, these awards are intended primarily to provide opportunities for scholars who have already published works of intellectual distinction or have established a significant track record as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field, and who are normally within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate. In considering eligibility, the Academy will make due allowance for applicants who have had career breaks, and for established  scholars who do not have doctorates.

Level of Grant

These Fellowships are covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime, but the Academy’s contribution to the salary of the Mid-Career Fellow will be capped at an upper limit of £80,000. It  is not expected that the total value of an award will exceed £160,000 (BA contribution to FEC). Awards can be held over a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Postdoctoral Fellowships, British Academy

Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy

Application period: open from 24th August 2016 with varying deadlines

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships are three-year Fellowship awards made to an annual cohort of outstanding Early Career Scholars.

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

Scheme Timetable – Postdoctoral Fellowships Outline Stage 2016/17

Scheme Opens – 24 August 2016

Deadline for Applicants – 5 October 2016

Deadline for Institutional Approval – 6 October 2016

Deadline for Referees – 13 October 2016

Result of Outline Stage Announcement – January 2017


  • Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2016-17 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2014; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2017)
  • Applicants in the 2016-17 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2014 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
  • Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university

Number of Awards

Up to 45 awards are expected to be offered

Duration of Award

Awards are for 3 years


Awards are offered on a Full Economic Costing basis. There is no fixed amount awarded for the Fellowships and the value of award will vary depending on the host institution. Awards cover the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow to work full-time on the Fellowship, small-scale research expenses (up to a maximum of £6,000), costs towards the time of a mentor (equivalent to one hour per month for the 36 months of the Fellowship) and the host institution’s estates and indirect costs.


Applicants must be supported by one self-nominated referee. The referee should normally be the external examiner or, if not available, someone else who is as external to the applicant as possible.

For more information, click here.

Teaching Fellow, University College London

Teaching Fellow in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) (Ref:1567496)

University College London

Application deadline: 5th August 2016

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be expected to lecture and tutor students to a high academic standard in ancient philosophy as well as Greek and Latin language and literature and to take on administrative duties as required by the Head of Department. The overall teaching load will be about 140 hours contact hours over two teaching terms of ten weeks each, i.e. about seven one-term modules. The person appointed will also be asked to act as personal tutor to some students and to engage with the examination process.

This 0.83 FTE Teaching Fellow appointment is available from 1 September 2016 until 31 August 2017.

Key Requirements

The appointee will have successfully completed a doctorate in a relevant area and be able to lecture and supervise students to high academic standards. S/he will be able to teach ancient philosophy as well as Greek and Latin language and literature. S/he will have excellent written and oral communication and inter-personal skills and display a high degree of professional judgement and integrity.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University College London

A. G. Leventis Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1563165)

University College London

Application deadline: 14th July 2016

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Fellowship, funded by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, in the Department of Greek and Latin at UCL. The Department is a leading international centre for the study of the ancient world and has a large and active cohort of highly qualified research students and an outstanding tradition of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The successful candidate will have a specialist research interest in an area of ancient Greek literature and/or culture, which may include its reception. S/he will also be expected to take a lead on departmental conferences in ancient Greek culture, to undertake related cultural and outreach activities and to oversee the annual Greek Play performed by the Department’s students. The appointment will commence from 1 September 2016 and is funded for four years, in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The person appointed will hold a doctorate and have research expertise in ancient Greek literature but must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK University or comparable UK institution. The successful applicant will be expected to publish research as well as take a lead on conferences, workshops and outreach activities. In addition, the Fellow will undertake teaching.

For more information and to apply, click here.