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British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition 2019-20

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition 2019-20

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

Deadline: 23 August 2019 (12:00 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 2020. 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. You 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. You 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 and eligibility criteria will be available on their website. (Whilst this call isn’t formally open yet and the BA website still shows the 2018-19 dates, the application process is a lengthy one, and definitely worth thinking about across the summer. Please contact the Academy direct if you have any queries on that front.)

How to apply

If you wish to be considered for hosting at CLAS, you should send the documents listed below by 23 August 2019 (12.00 BST) to Dr Felipe Hernandez, Director, Centre of Latin American Studies ( cc.  

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. A completed application form for the internal competition, with a description of your proposed project (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)

3. Two references

  • Arrange for two references to be sent directly by the referees (seperately) by the same deadline, one of which should be written by your PhD supervisor, and the other by the person who will act as referee for the BA application (not your PhD supervisor, and usually someone from another institution).