The Faculty has a variety of schemes to host postdoctoral academics. Among these are:
The Faculty welcomes interest from suitably qualified applicants in this year's British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, for awards to be taken up in September or October 2018. The scheme is designed 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."
Further details can be found on the British Academy website.
The Faculty will consider expressions of interest in two gathered fields. The deadline for the first gathered field is Friday 14 July 2017, and the deadline for the second gathered field is Monday 14 August 2017. Applicants may apply to either gathered field; there is no advantage to choosing one over the other.
Applicants applying to hold fellowships in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at Oxford are asked to follow the steps listed below:
1. Consider whether this is the best year for you to make the application. In the 2015/16 round the British Academy introduced a new resubmission rule. Applicants will only be able to resubmit the following year if they are invited to do so by the British Academy.
2. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. You must have/expect to have obtained your doctorate by 1 April 2018 and after 1 April 2015, plus you must not have held a permanent academic post.
3. Think about who your referee for the BA application will be. One referee, usually the external examiner, is required. For guidance on the choice of referee see the British Academy FAQs. (This referee does not need to supply a reference for the internal Faculty deadline.)
4. Identify and approach a potential Faculty mentor. Ask your mentor to write a brief statement of support, confirming that they would be happy to act in this role. Statements and any questions about them should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on 14 July 2017 or 14 August 2017.
5. Prepare and submit the Expression of Interest form (below) to email@example.com by noon on 14 July 2017 or 14 August 2017.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are designed to support scholars at a relatively early stage of their academic careers (defined as having submitted their thesis for viva voce examination no more than 4 years prior to the closing date), but with a proven record of research. Fellowships are tenable for three years on a full-time basis. Further details about the scheme are available on the Leverhulme Trust website.
The deadline for the Leverhulme scheme is 1 March 2018, but to enable the Faculty to select the candidates that it wishes to support, applicants must submit expressions of interest to the Faculty (to firstname.lastname@example.org) by 12 noon on Friday 5th January 2018.
Expressions of interest should consist of:
1. a maximum two-page CV including education, publications, any awards, thesis title and examiners;
2. a maximum two-page draft statement of research (which may use similar headings to that in the Leverhulme scheme’s notes of guidance);
3. a 150 word abstract summarising the research for a general audience;
4. an indication of what additional research expenses may be claimed (up to £6,000 p.a. available from the Leverhulme Trust);
5. whether you have identified a Faculty mentor who would be prepared to support your application.
6. Two references which must be sent direct to the Faculty by Friday 5th January 2018 (you must request that your referees send their references to the Faculty by this date)
Potential applicants must not open a Leverhulme application until Faculty support is confirmed in writing.
Please note: The Leverhulme Trust panel that makes these awards encourages a change of institution for its award holders. Potential applicants with Oxford DPhils must therefore ensure that their draft statement of research makes a compelling case as to why they need to remain at Oxford to undertake postdoctoral work.
Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria for the Leverhulme scheme before applying.
Early Career Researcher Mentoring Scheme
In addition, we have our own Early Career Researcher mentoring scheme for academics employed in the collegiate University. This gives you the opportunity to be supported by a member of the English Faculty with similar research interests, and may offer help with preparing research plans and proposals, publication opportunities, external funding applications and career development. The mentoring arrangement varies, according to individual needs and experience, so that each mentee receives the support they need.
The ECR mentoring scheme is open to college postholders and college or faculty researchers who have been appointed to a post of at least one year. Further information is available from the Faculty Office.