The British Academy is now accepting applications for the Mid-Career Fellowship scheme.

Our internal deadline for Expressions of Interest is 17:00 (BST) on Friday 21st July - Please note: this call is for current members of staff at the central University of London (covering the School of Advanced Study and the University of London Institute in Paris).

Member Institutes and the Digital Humanities hub of the School of Advanced Study are inviting proposals from suitably qualified applicants for the 2023 round of the prestigious British Academy Mid-Career Fellowships(Opens in new window) scheme.

Process: Please contact the Director of your chosen Institute, copying, by 17:00 on 21st July 2023. Descriptions of our institutes can be found here. The expression of interest should include:

  • CV
  • A 100-word abstract
  • An outline (two pages maximum) of the research proposal, including intended publication outputs

Purpose of the scheme

The aim of the scheme is to allow successful applicants to obtain time freed from normal teaching and administrative commitments. The time bought by the scheme should be devoted to the completion of a major piece of research, and the Academy will also look for evidence of a clear commitment to a strategy of public engagement with and communication of the results of the research during the period of the Fellowship.

Scope of the award

The awards support outstanding individual researchers and outstanding communicators who will promote public engagement and understanding of the humanities and social sciences. Awards will be judged both on the quality of the research proposed and on the capacity of the applicant to communicate with a broad audience. Applicants are invited to indicate ways in which their proposed programme will contribute to advances in understanding, including public understanding, in their subject area and to the identification of appropriate strategic priorities in the social sciences and humanities.


These Fellowships are awards to individuals employed at UK universities, other UK institutions of higher education or Independent Research Organisations, and the Academy is looking particularly to support mid-career scholars. The Academy takes no account of an applicant’s physical age or current status in determining eligibility for these awards. Rather, these awards are intended primarily to provide opportunities for researchers who have already made an outstanding contribution to their field and have achieved distinction as an excellent communicator and ‘champion’ in their field, and who would usually be within no more than 15 years from the award of their doctorate. In considering eligibility, the Academy will make due allowance for applicants who have had career breaks; and for established researchers who do not have doctorates, who should be within fifteen years of their first academic appointment.

Please read the scheme guidance notes carefully.

Level of award

These Fellowships are covered under the Full Economic Costing (FEC) regime, but the Academy’s contribution to the salary of the Mid-Career Fellow will be capped at an upper limit of £80,000. It is not expected that the total value of an award will exceed £152,000 (British Academy contribution to FEC). Awards can be held over a minimum of six months and a maximum of 12 months.

Applying for this scheme if supported by UoL

The Outline Stage application form is available on the Academy’s Flexi-Grant® system.

Application deadline: 23 August 2023 

Results expected: by December 2023

Earliest project start date: 1 September 2024

Latest project start date: 1 January 2025


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