Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) at the University of Cambridge welcomes applications for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023.

The deadline for the full application to be submitted to the Research Office is 27 September 2023 but your application to CDH must reach us by 12.00pm BST on Monday 21 August 2023.

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship is a three-year fellowship for outstanding early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences. The scheme aims to help develop the award holder’s curriculum vitae and boost their prospects of obtaining a permanent university post. The primary emphasis is on the completion of a significant piece of publishable research, and the integration of the award-holder into the community of established scholars within their field.


  • Applicants must be either a UK/EEA national or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Alternatively, applicants may be accepted if they can demonstrate ‘strong prior association’ with the UK academic community. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please check the scheme notes carefully.
  • Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (i.e. with a viva between 1 April 2021 and 1 April 2024). Exemptions from this criterion may be granted for extenuating circumstances.
  • Those with a permanent academic post are ineligible to apply.
  • Applicants may apply only once in the three years they are eligible. Previously unsuccessful applicants will be able to submit another application only if specifically invited to do so by the British Academy.

Value and duration

The scheme is covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime. Currently, the Academy funds 80% of salary costs, directly allocated and indirect costs under FEC. The Fellowship is tenable for three years, starting Autumn 2024 in a UK-based university or higher education institution.

Submitting an application via CDH

In your application, you will be expected to justify why CDH in particular would provide the best environment for your project.

You should be aware that due to the limited amount of workspace available, we can only forward a small selection of proposals to the British Academy. If there is another department/faculty/centre at Cambridge that would provide a suitable home, it may be in your interests to apply to be hosted there.


Applications should be sent to by 12:00 noon BST on Monday 21 August 2023, in time for applications to be assessed and selected to go forward.

Applications should consist of the following:

  • a two-page CV, including the dates on which you had your PhD viva and on which you were awarded the PhD
  • a list of publications (not exceeding one side) NB: DORA principles should be considered when presenting research outputs.
  • A completed Internal Selection Form
  • Please note that the form requires you to give the name of a proposed mentor. The British Academy’s expectation is that a mentor will help integrate new fellows into their department. A mentor for a CDH project would usually be a member of academic staff in Cambridge, with a current or past involvement with research undertaken at CDH, who would be in a position to do this. The Letter of Support from the Head of Department is not required at this stage. If your application is selected to go forward, CDH will prepare the necessary document to accompany your application materials.

The deadline for the full application to be submitted to the Research Office is 27 September 2023 but your application to CDH must reach us by 12.00pm BST on Monday 21 August 2023.


  • Posted 18 Jul 2023

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