British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications. Please note that you are strongly advised to check the updated eligibility requirements for this scheme on the BA website before beginning an application. It is particularly important to note that the BA do not allow unsuccessful applicants to reapply to this scheme, and so serious consideration should be given to the readiness of your application.

This scheme operates an outline application stage: only applicants who are successful in the outline phase will be invited to make a full application. Applicants who are successful at outline stage will be invited to submit a full application by the 9th February 2022.

LCS screens applications for quality and offers rigorous peer review to candidates. You are strongly encouraged to get in touch with us at the earliest possible opportunity so that we can help you to shape your research project, as well as working with you on the application itself.

If you have any queries on this scheme which are not covered by these pages then please contact and we will be happy to help.

LCS internal process: advice for applicants

  1. Find a mentor – deadline 1st September 2021

Interested applicants should send their full academic CV, plus a detailed project proposal (no more than two pages of A4), to their prospective mentor for consideration. We would encourage you to get in touch at the earliest opportunity so that you can finalise your project in conjunction with your mentor, but the latest point at which you can finalise a mentor is 1st September 2021. If you do not have a mentor in mind, please have a look at our research pagesstaff profiles, and searchable mentor lists - and feel free to make contact directly with relevant colleagues. Alternatively you can contact and we will put you in touch with potential mentors.

  1. Notify the Research Team and start your Flexigrant application

Once you have found a mentor to work with, then (if you haven’t already), please let us know that you’re preparing an application by contacting Don’t forget to tell us who your mentor is. We suggest that you begin work on your application on the BA Flexigrant system as early as possible. Your mentor will offer support and peer review through this early stage of the process. It is important that you work on your application in the Flexigrant system, as our peer review processes require you to provide us with a copy of this for us to review. 

  1. Peer review – deadline 9th September 2021

Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their draft applications for School peer review before they are submitted to the BA. We require drafts to be submitted by the 9th September 2021 at the absolute latest if you wish to take advantage of peer review.

When submitting your application to the School for peer review, please note that we require you to download and send us your full application from the Flexigrant system. We suggest that you focus on the following parts of the application: the research proposal; personal statement; plan of action; planned research outputs; plans for dissemination and publication and academic CV.

  1. Scheme deadline - deadline 30th September 2021

We will give you as much time as possible to respond to peer review before the internal closing date for applications for this scheme, which is 30th September 2021, two weeks before the BA’s deadline. Applications received after this internal deadline cannot be supported.

  1. Timeline

In summary, the key dates are as follows:

  • 1 September 2021 – applicants must have found a mentor and notified the School of their intention to apply.
  • 9 September 2021 – peer review deadline. Applicants must have provided the School with a downloaded version of their Flexigrant applications by this date. Feedback on applications will be provided within 7 - 10 days of receipt.
  • 30 September 2021 – University of Leeds internal deadline for the scheme. Applications must be almost or completely finalised by this date, so that our teams have time to add the final details and undertake the checks and sign off.
  • 14 October 2021 – BA deadline (please note that your referee must have submitted their reference to the BA by this date).