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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

We are now inviting applications for the 2019 outline round of these fellowships.  View the British Academy full details of the Fellowship and to check your eligibility

This Fellowship is subject to an internal College competition (please see the link for further details), with a deadline in mid-June (date to be confirmed).  So please contact your potential Mentor as soon as possible, and by Wednesday 1st May 2019 at the latest, so they can help you prepare for the competition.

If you are selected to go forward for the Fellowship, your Mentor will work with your further to develop your application for the British Academy deadline in October 2019 (exact date to be confirmed).

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The deadline for these fellowships has now passed, and successful candidates have been notified.

Details of the 2020 round will be published here in Autumn 2019, and we would ask you contact your potential mentor by 1st December at the latest.

For information, details for the 2019 round are below:

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. Please note that this fellowship does not currently go through an internal College competition, but will go through a selection process within the School.

There are two rounds, with deadlines in January and July.

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 2018 at the latest.

If you are interested in the 2nd July 2019 deadline, please contact your mentor by 1st May 2019

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.