If you completed your PhD fairly recently , you may be eligible to apply for a Post-doctoral Fellowship from the British Academy.
Application forms for the 2011 Outline Stage of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme are now available on e-GAP: https://egap.britac.ac.uk
The British Academy’s aim in making these awards is to offer opportunities for 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. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.
Potential applicants should note the eligibility requirements before applying:
1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
2. Applicants must either already have been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2008; or have a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2011
3. Applicants awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2008 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
4. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than six months) at a UK university.
The closing date for completed applications is 6th October 2010. Please ensure that you check the eligibility criteria for the scheme carefully before making an application, and get in touch with them to check if you are in any way uncertain about your eligibility.
For more information about the scheme, go to: http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm