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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

McDonald Insitute for Archaeological Research

Will you be a UK or EEA national within 3 years of receiving your PhD in spring 2020 or have a reasonable expectation that you will have submitted your thesis and been examined by then? Or, if not a UK or EEA national, will you have completed your PhD at a UK university within these three years? If so, would you like to join the postdoctoral community in Cambridge Archaeology?

By joining our Archaeology postdoctoral community you will become a member of one of the largest such groups in the UK, able to apply for additional fieldwork and conference grants, and benefit from excellent research facilities and infrastructure, including laboratories for geoarchaeology, archaeobotany and archaeogenetics, isotope analysis, biomechanics, zooarchaeology, material culture, and computational and digital archaeology. The Cambridge Copyright University Library with approximately 8 million items, the specialist archaeology & anthropology Haddon Library, associated online and archive resources also provide an excellent resource with which to work.

Each year the British Academy funds 45 Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Call Details:

These are typically for three years and cover the salary of the Fellow to work full-time, small-scale research expenses, costs towards the time of a mentor and host institution estates and indirect costs.  The British Academy have asked Universities to reduce the number of applications in order to improve the quality of applications and reduce the number which the Academy receives to a manageable level. Expressions of Interest (EoIs) are therefore being invited from individual researchers who would like to apply for one of these fellowships.

The applications should include (1) a CV (2 pages) and list of publications, (2) Research project title, and (3) Research project description (maximum 750 words) which addresses the following:

  • outline the research problem (s) you are seeking to address and say why it is distinctive;
  • how your proposed research will tackle this research problem(s) – its design and methodology;
  • how your proposed research will significantly change the established landscape;
  • how your project fits with the timeframe of the award (its feasibility);
  • why Cambridge is the “best-fit” environment for this project;
  • the appropriateness and demonstration of commitment of the proposed mentor(s).

EoIs should be sent to Mr Nicholas Ward ( no later than 5pm UK BST on 23rd August.


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