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About The British Academy Early Career Researcher Network

Early Career Researchers are the research leaders of the future and key to the UK’s standing as a world-leader in research. The research and insights they generate will unlock the most intractable issues of our time as well as contribute to our understanding of people, cultures and societies. Our vision is the creation of a long-term programme of support for early career researchers in the humanities and social sciences across the UK.

The British Academy is working in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation to coordinate a pilot Network for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the humanities and social sciences.

The Academy’s aim is to establish a researcher-led and inclusive humanities and social sciences ECR network, accessible to researchers regardless of their funding source or background. This will ultimately be a UK-wide Network tailored to researchers at postdoctoral level in the humanities and social sciences disciplines. ECRs will initially join the ECR Network for one year which will then be renewed annually.

The Network will be responsive to the needs and interests of the researchers and enable the British Academy to support a greater number of ECRs in their career ambitions, through skills development, networking opportunities, workshops and events. 

To join the British Academy Early Career Researcher Network at this time, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • An Early Career Researcher – For the purpose of the Network, the Academy defines an Early Career Researcher as someone who is within 10 years of active full time Postdoctoral experience. However, the Academy wants to be as flexible and inclusive as possible on this, particularly to those who fall outside of this for exceptional circumstances.
  • Currently working in the Humanities and Social Sciences    
  • Completed your PhD in the last 10 years (or equivalent)
  • Have a recent or current association with a Research Institution in the Midlands, the South West or Scotland or alternatively, be recently or currently funded through the British Academy or the Leverhulme Trust.
  • Currently or primarily based in the UK
Please Note: If you are currently undertaking a PhD, unfortunately you are NOT eligible to join the Network at this time. Once you have completed your PhD you are welcome to join the Network. Apologies for any disappointment caused by this.