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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition 2017 - 18

Applications for hosting at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

Deadline: 11 September 2017 (9.00 BST)

The Centre of Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Cambridge, invites applications for hosting from applicants for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships, to be taken up from October 2018. Applications are welcome from Latin Americanists working in any eligible field supported by the British Academy. Successful applicants will be asked to make a modest contribution to teaching on the MPhil in Latin American Studies, within their chosen area of expertise. They will be expected to play a full part in the thriving research community based at CLAS, and to live in or near Cambridge during the week in term time, unless carrying out fieldwork. They will have access to world-class research facilities and a range of opportunities for training and career development. For information about the Centre of Latin American Studies, please see our website.


Details of the British Academy application deadlines should be available soon on the British Academy website. Please check the eligibility criteria on that webpage carefully, and contact the Academy direct if you have any queries on that front.

How to apply

Applicants who wish to be considered for hosting at CLAS should send the documents listed below by 11 September 2017 (09.00 BST) to Mrs Chriselia de Vries (, Administrator, Centre of Latin American Studies. They should also arrange for two references to be sent by the same deadline, one of which should be written by their PhD supervisor, and the other by the person who will act as referee for the BA application (not the applicant’s PhD supervisor, and usually someone from another institution). We regret that applications arriving late or with one or more references missing cannot be considered. Applicants who are successful in the University’s internal competition will be able to submit an application to the British Academy, and will receive pre-application support in the form of feedback on the research proposal and assistance with costings.

Documents required

1. Your CV (maximum two pages), including the following information:

  • the dates on which you took your PhD viva and on which you were awarded the PhD
  • a list of publications (not exceeding one page)
  • the marks awarded for your undergraduate degree and any Masters courses undertaken

2. Your current research: a brief statement (maximum 250 words)

3. Your proposed research: project title and description (maximum 750 words). Please outline:

  • the research problem(s) you are seeking to address and what makes your proposal distinctive
  • how your proposed research will tackle this research problem(s) – its design and methodology
  • how your proposed research will significantly change the established landscape
  • how your project fits with the timeframe of the award (its feasibility)
  • why Cambridge (and/or the Centre of Latin American Studies) is the “best-fit” environment for this project
  • the appropriateness and demonstration of commitment of the proposed mentor(s)

4. Two references, sent separately (see above)