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Expressions of Interest to apply for a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

We welcome 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 about the scheme can be found on the British Academy website.

In line with common practices at other Oxford Departments, we will pre-select promising proposals following initial expressions of interest so that we can maximise the fit with our research strategy, and also help those applicants who meet our internal criteria to strengthen their proposals. We particularly encourage expressions of interest from applicants with expertise in the following areas:

  • Marketing - particularly digital marketing, online advertising, social media, networks, and customer analytics. Expertise in statistical analysis / econometric modelling essential. Doctorate can be in marketing or a related quantitative field such as computer science, statistics, computational social science, applied economics, etc.
  • Social innovation – particularly in the areas of gender and social innovation, frugal innovation, innovation in Africa, social finance, social impact, public-private sector innovation partnerships, civil society-corporate partnerships, the evolution of corporate purpose, design thinking and systems thinking/system change, innovation and inequality, and social finance.  Expertise in research methods and innovative research tools especially welcome, including computational sciences, QCA/comparative methods. Doctorate can be in economic sociology and related social sciences, in innovation studies, marketing and/or operations, organisation theory and strategy.
  • Innovation and infrastructure – with a particular interest in states as complex organisations, regulation strategies for ‘platforms’ (social, virtual, physical), #regtech, public-private partnerships as strategy, politics of global construction/infrastructure corporations, innovation in infrastructure projects, and energy and environment infrastructure. Expertise in work in emerging-market economies, and/or comparative studies, and innovative research tools. Doctorate can be in social sciences, engineering, project management, and related social sciences, organisation theory.

Applicants applying to hold fellowships at Oxford Saïd are asked to follow the steps listed below:

  1. Ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. You must have obtained your doctorate on or after 1 April 2015, or expect to obtain it no later than 1 April 2018, plus you must not currently hold or previously have held a permanent academic post.
  2. Think about who your referee for the BA application will be. One referee, usually your external PhD examiner, is required. For guidance on the choice of referee see the FAQs on the British Academy's website. (This referee does not need to supply a reference for our internal deadline).
  3. Identify and approach a potential Oxford Saïd 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 should be emailed to Research Support no later than Thursday 31 August 2017.
  4. Prepare the internal BA PDF application form and submit to Research Support by 5pm on Thursday 31 August 2017.
  5. Your application will then be considered by the School’s review panel for this scheme and further guidance will be sent to you in due course.

Please direct any queries to Research Support and a member of the team will be happy to help.