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Postdoctoral and early career fellowships

The School welcomes enquiries and applications from potential postdoctoral and early career fellows.

All applicants will need to identify a mentor prior to submitting their application, and the most popular schemes - Leverhulme and British Academy - go through a College competition before candidates are selected for submission to the funder. In the first instance you should check your eligibility on the funder's website, and then identify and contact your potential mentor within the School to discuss your application.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The deadline for the 2018 competition has now closed, and successful applicants have been notified.

If you are coming towards the end of your PhD or have recently completed, please think about applying in 2019. This Fellowship is subject to an internal College competition, with a deadline in mid-June each year, so please contact your potential mentor as soon as possible, so they can help you prepare for the internal College competition.

More details will be posted here early in 2019.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

We are now inviting applications for the 2019 round of these fellowships.

Please check your eligibility: for the 2019 round, the Leverhulme states that ‘Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 28 February 2015 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break’. View Leverhulme's full details of eligibility.

This Fellowship is subject to an internal College competition (please see the link for further details) with a deadline of 5th January 2019, so please contact your potential mentor as soon as possible, and by 1 December at the latest, so they can help you prepare for the competition.

Wellcome Trust Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Science

The School is home of the Birkbeck Centre for Medical Humanities and welcomes applicants for the Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science. There are two rounds, with deadlines in January and July.

Please note that this fellowship does not currently go through an internal College competition, but will go through a selection process within the School. If you are interested in the 11 January 2019 deadline, please contact a potential supervisor within the School as soon as possible, and by 1 December at the latest.

Other postdoctoral fellowships

If you are interested in applying for other postdoctoral fellowships, please contact a potential Mentor at least eight weeks before the deadline.