Applications open for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme

The British School at Rome invites expressions of interest from outstanding postdoctoral and completing PhD candidates who wish to apply for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme (3 years), for entry in 2020.

The scheme is open to applicants within three years of the award of a doctorate (viva held between 1 April 2017 and 1 April 2020) who are UK or EEA nationals, or who have obtained their doctorates in the UK. The Fellowships support early career researchers in pursuit of independent research projects across the range of disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, as well as other disciplines (such as architecture and the creative industries) where practice-based research forms part of an integrated project of critical and/or historical significance.

As a research-based organisation, the British School at Rome is also interested in proposals where the PDF is led by the BSR in partnership with another institution or led by another institution with the BSR as partner, especially where collaboration between the BSR and the partner institution already exists.

Information about the scheme is available from the British Academy, including full details concerning eligibility.

The British School at Rome is the largest of the BA-supported British International Research Institutes (BIRI) sponsored by BEIS Discovery. For over 100 years, our research in the humanities, social sciences, architecture and the fine arts has merged research-based practice with practice-based research. We particularly welcome approaches which are markedly interdisciplinary and address the Global Research Challenge agenda. Located at the heart of Rome, we provide unrivalled access to world-leading archives, libraries, museums and archaeological sites, and collaborate with the United Nations Rome-based Agencies (RBAs), the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) and the European Space Agency Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) on subjects ranging from cultural heritage in war zones to climate change. The BSR acts as a major research node in the UK’s overseas research infrastructure.

Details of the range of research areas supported currently by the BSR can be found here:

Prospective candidates who wish to hold the award at the BSR are invited to contact the BSR Director, Professor Stephen J. Milner, by email (,  sending an up-to-date two-page CV and a two-page summary of your proposed project by no later than Monday 16 September.

We look forward to hearing from you.