About the Academy: Roles

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  • Research Funding
  • Jack Caswell (Assistant Head of Research Awards)
  • Pat Ng (International Manager)

About the Academy: Roles

  • A Fellowship
  • A Funding Body
  • A Forum for Debate and Engagement

About the Academy: Values

  • Excellence
  • Independence
  • Diversity

Strategic Objectives 2016-2020

  • Championing the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Advancing Excellent Research
  • Shaping Policy and Public Understanding
  • Delivering Global Leadership

Prospering Wisely

Our subject areas

  • Other societies and Research Councils
  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • The Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • ESRC – social sciences
  • AHRC – arts and humanities
    • The Humanities
    • The Social Sciences

Focus of research funding

    • Postdoctoral Research
    • Support at particular key career path moments
    • Largely response-mode funding scheme
    • Individuals
    • International engagement
    • Communication of scholarly findings

Research Awards & Int’l Schemes

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF)
  • BA Rising Star Engagement Awards (BARSEAs)
  • Mid-Career Fellowships (MCF)
  • Senior Research Fellowships (SRF)
  • BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (SG)
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships (AF)
  • International Partnership & Mobility (IPM); and Newton Mobility Grants (NG)
  • Newton International Fellowships (NIF)

Next Call Deadlines

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) – October 2016
  • Mid-Career Fellowships (MCF) – September 2016
  • Senior Research Fellowships (SRF) – November 2016
  • BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants (SG) – *Open Now, deadline 11 May 2016*
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships (AF); and Newton Mobility Grants (NG) – Rd 2 September 2016
  • International Partnership & Mobility (IPM) – late 2016/2017
  • Newton International Fellowships (NIF) - 2017

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • currently offering up to 45 awards each year
  • tenable for three years
    • experience of independent research
    • introduction to teaching
    • career development
    • output and dissemination

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Eligibility
    • Any EEA national
    • Anyone of any nationality with UK doctorate
    • Doctorate awarded between April 2014 and April 2017
    • Agreed support from UK university as host

Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Annual competition
  • 2-stage application process
  • Deadline for outline applications planned for October 2016
  • Shortlist announced before February
  • Final awards announced in May
  • Awards to be taken up from Sep 2017
  • High priority scheme

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Mid-Career Fellowships (1 year)

  • Mid-career (research and communication)
  • 2-stage selection process: outline stage deadline planned for September 2016
  • Success rate under 10%, 35 awards expected
  • Awards for 6-12 months: research leave, FEC basis
  • Emphasis on:
    • Strength of research proposal
    • Communication to a broad audience

Mid-Career Fellowships

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

  • 7 awards each year, tenable for one year
    • to complete major programme of research
    • relief from teaching and administration
    • Non-FEC, sponsored by Leverhulme Trust
    • Deadline for applications planned for November 2016; decisions announced in following March
    • Awards tenable from autumn 2017

BA/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowships

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

  • Very popular scheme, funded from public funds, Leverhulme Trust and around twenty other funding sources
  • Awards up to £10k, tenable for up to 24 months
  • Commonly used for pilot studies, small-scale projects
  • Worldwide in scope, international partners
  • High priority in Academy portfolio
  • Wide outreach: around 100 HEIs in last financial year

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

  • Two rounds of competition per year
  • Next round planned to open in September 2016
  • Awards for research to start between 1 April 2017 and 31 August 2017

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants: Other Funding Partners

  • Honor Frost Foundation
  • Journal of Moral Education Trust
  • Modern Humanities Research Association
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain
  • Sino-British Fellowship Trust
  • Sir Ernest Cassel Trust
  • Sir John Cass’s Foundation
  • Society for the Advancement of Management Studies

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants

Academy Research Projects and Special Research Projects

  • Recognition of c. 50 long-term infrastructural projects
  • Datasets of fundamental resources
  • Broader implications of research for policy and practice
  • Occasional Call for new proposals, most recently in 2016, for Special Research Projects in Maths Anxiety and Cognitive Benefits of Language Learning

Proceedings of the British Academy

  • The British Academy’s flagship series, publishing themed volumes of essays
  • Proposals considered twice a year (deadlines September and March)
  • 8 volumes of essays published each year
  • Volumes included in British Academy Scholarship Online

British Academy Conferences

  • A meeting of minds – help shape the future of your field with the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
  • NB Not an offer of funding – conferences must be planned to happen in the BA building


Newton Fund

  • The Newton Fund was announced in 2014 as part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment to promote the economic development and welfare of developing countries.
  • The British Academy is one of several funding bodies delivering the fund.
  • We offer support to international researchers through grants and fellowships schemes

Newton Fund: Mobility Grants

  • Applicants from Brazil; Malaysia; Mexico; South Africa; Thailand, and Turkey
  • Support the development of collaborations with UK researchers on a joint research project
  • One-year awards particularly suited to new collaborative partnerships for skills and knowledge transfer
  • Funding can include travel, accommodation and subsistence, organisation of workshops and seminars; up to a maximum of £10,000

Newton Fund: Advanced Fellowships

  • Supports early to mid-career international researchers
  • Applicants from Brazil; Mexico; South Africa; Turkey; Thailand; Malaysia; with a UK co-applicant
  • Work on a joint research project and career development and training activities
  • Funding includes salary top-up for the international applicant, research expenses, travel costs and training; amount dependent on country, but generally £37k p.a.
  • Two year or three year awards

Newton Fund: Reciprocal Calls

  • Calls from Newton Fund Partners for UK researchers
  • ‒ Brazil (CONFAP)
  • ‒ Mexico (CONACYT and Mexican Academy of Sciences)
  • ‒ South Africa (National Research Foundation)
  • ‒ Turkey (TUBITAK)
  • Please see British Academy website for links to reciprocal scheme websites

Sponsored Overseas Institutes

Evaluation Criteria

  • For all awards:
  • academic merit
  • originality of proposal
  • relationship to and volume of research already in the field
  • feasibility of research programme
  • specificity of scheme of research
  • intended outcomes

Evaluation Criteria

  • Research Posts: additional factors:
  • For PDFs: potential to go on to a successful academic career as a teacher in higher education
  • For MCFs: the communication plan and the public benefit of the intended outcomes
  • For Senior Fellows: how pressing is the need for the research leave

Evaluation Criteria

  • International: additional factors
  • IPM awards
  • The match and appropriateness of planned activities for developing the partnership
  • Degree to which collaboration within the partner area is encouraged
  • Ways in which knowledge development is encouraged
  • Outcome of the project, both academic and in terms of plans for continued links
  • Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton Mobility Grants
  • Expected benefits to overseas individuals and country

Peer Review

  • assessment procedures proportionate to scale of funding
  • subject specialists within Academy
  • for international grants, may also use area specialists
  • recommendations confirmed by Award Committees, in light of budget available
  • Code of Practice for all assessors


  • Media
  • Websites
  • Blogs
  • Social Media
  • Conferences/talks
  • Books/publications
  • Partnerships
  • Public engagement

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Current award-holders include:
  • Dr Anne Byrne (Dept of History, Classics & Archaeology),
  • PDF award-holder 2015-2018, Loving the king, 1744-1789., £246,428.80
  • Dr Suzannah Biernoff (History of Art)
  • BA Small Grant award-holder 2015-16, Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement,
  • £3,127.00


  • Research Awards Team
  • grants@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5217
  • posts@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5270
  • International Department
  • newtonfund@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5220
  • partnerships@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5220
  • overseas@britac.ac.uk / 020 7969 5220

Mailing List and Information

  • To have news about the Academy, such as forthcoming grant deadline dates, policy statements and events, delivered straight to your inbox, please subscribe to our mailing list.
  • Register from link on website, www.britishacademy.ac.uk
  • Follow the Academy on Twitter and Facebook
  • Twitter: @britac_news
  • @newtonfund
  • Facebook: facebook.com/The BritishAcademy


  • www.britishacademy.ac.uk
  • https://egap.britac.ac.uk
  • Newton Fund: www.newtonfund.ac.uk

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