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Funding and awards

The College of Social Science is a research intensive College. Staff and postgraduate students conduct internationally recognised research across all disciplines. We encourage a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture based around strategic areas of expertise. We have an excellent record of winning external funding, and our centres, institutes and groups provide structure and support, promoting collaboration and impact.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Exeter’s College of Social Science and International Studies welcomes expressions of interest from post-doctoral researchers considering making an application for the 2021/22 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.

About the fellowships

The aim of the British Academy 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.

The fellowship attracts a salary at Grade F (£35,845)

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship.
  2. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate. This period extends from 1st November 2018 to 1st April 2022. Exemption from this criterion may be granted for reasons occurring after the date of the viva voce examination such as: maternity leave, illness, family commitments etc but must be confirmed with the BA prior to application.
  3. 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 twelve months) at a UK university.

*The eligibility criteria listed above are based on the 2018/19 guidance. Please check the British Academy’s guidance for 2020/21 for full details once it has been released.

How to apply

Applicants must discuss their plans to apply with the department they wish to join. Please contact the Director of Research for the relevant department in the first instance:


Arab & Islamic Studies

Tim Insoll

Graduate School of Education

Li Li

Law School

Aurel Sari


Catriona McKinnon

Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology

Brian Rappert

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies will be supporting a limited number of applications for the 2022 call for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships scheme, and there will be an internal sift for candidate selection.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships aim to provide career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. The expectation is that Fellows should undertake a significant piece of publishable work during their tenure, and it is hoped that Fellowships will lead to a more permanent academic position, either within the same institution or another institution. Approximately 145 Fellowships will be available in 2022.

  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university. The Trust will consider applications from candidates whose permanent post does not include any research.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent research experience by the time they take up the fellowship.
  • Applications are invited from those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination not more than four years prior to the application closing date. Hence those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis before 24 February 2018 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break.
  • Covid-19 impact – applicants who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination between 24 February 2017 and 24 February 2018 are eligible to apply if their work has been impacted by the pandemic and they should explain their case in their application.
  • Successful applicants must be based in Exeter to take up the fellowship.

If you would like to apply to hold a fellowship in the College of Social Science and International Studies you must submit an expression of interest, including a 100-word abstract, a concise outline of the proposed research programme/plan of action (maximum 800 words), a summary of the intended outputs and a CV, no later than 10th December 2021.

Please submit your Expression of Interest to the Departmental DoR, copying to

Arab & Islamic Studies

Professor Tim Insoll

Graduate School of Education

Professor Justin Dillon

Law School

Dr Aurel Sari


Professor Catriona McKinnon

Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology

Professor Brian Rappert