British Academy Global Professorships 2018

Friday 13 July 2018

The British Academy has launched a new programme (Global Professorships 2018) supported by the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences. The programme will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher (mid-career to senior), not currently working in the UK, to bring their research experience (in humanities or social sciences) to the UK.

University of St Andrews Application process:

An internal demand management process will be operated for this call. The University of St Andrews is expected to submit no more than 2 applications to the British Academy. Schools are requested to submit one application only for internal review. Prospective applicants should discuss the possibility of putting together an application with the Head of School in the relevant discipline. The applicant’s CV and completed expression of interest should be submitted by the Head of School to [email protected] no later than 5pm on 13th August 2018.


Internal deadline: Schools/departments to propose one applicant through the completion of an expression of interest form and applicant CV to [email protected]  13 August 2018
Internal selection panel review proposals Mid-August 2018
Successful applicants informed Mid-August 2018
Deadline for submission of applications via the British Academy Flexi-Grant Management System ( 12 September 2018 (5pm UK time)



  • Up to 10 Global Professorships each year will be offered during the course of the programme.
  • These awards will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher, not currently working in the UK, to bring their research experience (in humanities or social sciences) to the UK.
  • Each 4 year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involved a specific research focus, although the British Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the host institution’s needs).
  • The British Academy will provide up to £250,000 per annum for the first three years, making a total contribution of £750,000 per award. The costs of the fourth year will be expected to be committed in full by the UK host institution and will be expected to continue providing the existing support for the salary of the award holder, and related direct costs of research assistance and research expenses.
  • Beyond a clear financial commitment from the UK host university for year four, the British Academy does not have any implicit or explicit expectation that the award holder will be offered employment beyond the fourth year.


  • Grants are available for world-class internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers who are currently employed outside the United Kingdom, on a permanent contract (which may be part-time or full-time) or, if temporary, on a contract that will not end during the course of the grant, in any field of the humanities or the social sciences.
  • Candidates should be based outside the UK at the time of application. Applicants who are working outside the UK but are employed primarily by a UK institution are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must hold a doctoral degree (or have equivalent research experience).
  • Applicants must be available to take up a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK university or research organisation. Eligible institutions include but are not limited to the British International Research Institutes.
  • Awards are only available to individuals, to be held in an institutional context. Co-applicants are not permitted.
  • Awards will not be made retrospectively: this means that the work for which support is requested must not have commenced before the award is announced.

 More detail about the scheme, including eligibility criteria and person specification can be found at Global Professorships .

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