Applications for British Academy post-doctoral fellowships for this year will be available on September 28th on the British Academy website (http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm). The application process comprises of two stages – the submission of outline proposals (deadline November 26th), and, if successful, submission of the final proposal by March 2010. The research should be scheduled to start in September 2010.
The British Academy say that the awards are intended to ” enable outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment, which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. Applicants are expected to be at an early stage of their academic career”. In effect, this means that you should have submitted your doctoral thesis within three years prior to the application. However, it is possible to apply if this is not the case but you must “set out a case for exepmtion from this criterion demonstrating that they are of early career status, and that they have the prospect of a reasonable period in an academic career ahead of them” (For more on this visit: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdffaqs.cfm)
If you think you are eligible, and would like to apply, you should begin work on your application as soon as possible – a strong application will require time and thought. You should also get feedback on drafts from an experienced academic if possible. Before you apply you should also read through all of the guidance on making and application (which you will need to do electronically) and familiarise yourself with the terms and conditions of an award (including eligibility criteria).
Best of luck!