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British Academy Global Professorships now open for outstanding international researchers

6 November 2018

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We are keen to consider eligible applications from outstanding international researchers not currently working in the United Kingdom, to bring their research experience to the UK and to advance our research goals through a Professorship with the University.

The University of Westminster has a proud tradition of global collaboration. We are ranked in the top 30 in the world for ‘International Outlook’ (Times Higher Education Young University Ranking, 2017 and 2018), and are committed to engaging with world-class, internationally recognised scholars.

The British Academy Global Professorships are four-year appointments expected to involve a specific research focus and represent a complete project.

To apply, eligible applicants for this scheme must first submit an Expression of Interest to the University, available below, describing their research proposal and why they have selected the University of Westminster as their host institution. Successful candidates will be supported by Westminster through the British Academy application process.

Applications will be considered on the basis of research excellence: the scholarly importance of the project; the feasibility of the proposed research programme, especially the proposed methodology and timescale; and the match with our own research goals and strategy. Successful candidates will need to demonstrate in their CV a clear research trajectory and international standing in their field.

All applicants will need to identify a University of Westminster supporter prior to submitting their application. You should discuss your application with your supporter. We will not be able to consider an application submitted without a supporter.

Before writing an application, we recommend that you check the British Academy Global Professorship Guidance Notes and FAQs, which you can download below, for guidance on how the British Academy reviews and evaluates Professorship applications.

Please note: that guidance documents for 2018/19 have not yet been published, and the links provided are to information for a previous round. Applicants should check the British Academy site for this year’s guidance which will be published closer to the scheme launch date.

Download the application form (Word Doc.)

Download the Professorship Guidance notes (PDF)

Download the Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

  • Applicants must complete the proforma and submit it by email to [email protected] along with a CV of no more than four pages, by 23:59 on Sunday 9th December 2018. Please put "BA Global Professorship Proposal" in the subject line
  • Successful applicants will receive feedback by Tuesday 22nd Jan 2019

Successful applicants will be invited to submit an application to the British Academy, supported by their University’s Research Office.


About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.


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