Postdoctoral Funding: Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research 2023 ‘Global (Dis)Order’, British Academy, UK

PhD scholarships

Application deadlines: October 19, 2022

Funded by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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More about the programme

This programme provides UK-based researchers at any career stage, and active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities, with an opportunity to develop and lead interdisciplinary research projects.


The British Academy is inviting proposals for projects which focus on the theme of ‘Global (Dis)Order’.

The purpose of each project will be to develop new international research in the humanities and social sciences, to further our understanding of global order and disorder. Research may be problem-focused, creatively innovative and exploratory, and should bring together relevant disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, where appropriate, for maximum impact/effect. The Academy expects all applications to fundamentally involve and integrate both the humanities and social sciences. The Academy particularly encourage applications led from the humanities.

The Academy is interested in projects of an interdisciplinary nature that go beyond the day-to-day matters that this theme might engender, and instead focus on the deeper and more long-term issues of global (dis)order. The Academy sees this broad scope as essential in bringing together the range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences which are required for an award under this programme. Applicants should give as much consideration to the ‘global’ aspect as to the order and disorder possibilities, and the kinds of ordering that may wish to be considered.

The Academy envisages the awards made through the Programme will:

  • By such understandings of Global (Dis)Order bring to bear a deeper, more nuanced, and historically aware thinking to the topic;
  • Identify the contributions that could be made to international and national knowledge exchange, practice and policy development in this area and what lessons can be learnt to navigate any future landscape(s);
  • Develop ways of communicating and collaborating in cross-disciplinary and multilingual working in partnership with colleagues internationally.

Eligibility requirements

The Principal Investigator (PI) must be a researcher from the humanities and social sciences and be based at an eligible UK university or research institute. The PI must be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience).

The involvement of Co-Applicants based overseas is required. It is required that amongst the PI and Co-Applicant(s) there is a range of disciplines from the humanities and the social sciences.

For more details about the programme and the eligibility requirements, please see the Scheme Notes.

Value and duration

Awards of 24 months in duration and up to £200,000 are available.

Funding can be used to support the time of the Principal Investigator and Co-Applicants; postdoctoral (or equivalent) research assistance; travel, fieldwork and related expenses; and networking costs. Awards are offered on an 80% full economic costing basis.

Projects must begin in March/April 2023.

Application process

Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy’s Grant Management System (GMS), Flexi-Grant®.

The deadline for submissions and UK institutional approval is 19 October 2022 (17.00 UK time).

Source / Additional information: Official Website.

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