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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2020-21

The School of Modern Languages at Newcastle University encourages outstanding postdoctoral scholars to apply to the 2020-21 round of the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. Our School has four main language areas: East Asian, French, German, Iberian and Latin American, Our language areas are linked by several research themes and we have a particular focus on the modern and contemporary period. 

  • Film, Media and Visual Arts
  • History and Social Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Translation and Interpreting

We are active within a number of research centres and groups, including:

Staff also take part in a wide range of department-based and interdisciplinary School seminars. For more information on our research activities, including specialist areas, major grants and research seminars, please visit:

Details of the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme and eligibility criteria can be found here:
We would be delighted to hear from postdoctoral candidates working in relevant subject areas who are considering applying to the scheme, and would be happy to offer support and feedback in preparing applications. Candidates should demonstrate a record of publications appropriate to the stage of their career, but at least one publication will be expected. Initial enquiries can be directed to the Director of Research in the School, Professor Shirley Jordan or to members of staff closest to your research interests (email addresses are available on our website).
In order to consider your application, we require potential candidates to submit:
A brief academic CV (not more than 2 pages of A4)

A list of publications (not more than 1 page of A4 and including forthcoming publications and publications in preparation)
A research proposal. This should include: Title, Fields of Study, Abstract (100 words) Details of current and past research (250 words) Detailed statement of proposed research (no more than 2 pages of A4). Please refer to the BA Guidelines for additional help on what to include in this statement.

These documents should be sent as a single pdf to Carolyn Taylor by noon on Monday 14th September, 2020. Your application will be considered internally, and you will be notified whether you have been selected to submit your application to the British Academy by Monday 21st September. 

There is a two-stage application process. Those successful in the outline stage will be invited to apply to the second stage. The deadline for outline applications is 14th October 2020 (5pm)

published on: 3 August 2020