Early Career Researchers


Projects, Support and Resources for Early Career Researchers

This section is dedicated to helping to meet the needs of Early Career Researchers, national and international, now and in the future. These pages are primarily focused on postdocs, university lecturers and post-PhD researchers in the fields of Comparative Literature, broadly defined, and in Translation Studies.

Your Reflection on Culture & Quarantine

A Call for Contributions

Reflections on your experiences of the present situation of no more than 1500 words are requested in any language.  They will be edited and published on the BCLA website to be disseminated as broadly as possible.

A BCLA Early Career Researchers Project

Comparatively Speaking

Browse & Read the Interviews

The “Comparatively Speaking” questionnaire delves into the exciting new research being undertaken by early career comparatists. These interviews, carried out by the BCLA Early Career Representatives themselves, aim to light on emerging trends and direction in the field of Comparative Literature, and promote the ground-breaking work by scholars who cross disciplinary boundaries. The project also aims to build an inclusive and supportive community of researchers who share their thoughts, insights and experiences with each other.

the BCLA

Early Career Representatives

The BCLA has three Early Career Representatives, who are also members of the Executive Committee. Please contact through the links below if you have any queries, or anything you would like to discuss.

Ian Ellison

Ian Ellison received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Leeds in 2019. Since then he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach am Neckar funded by the ZEIT-Stiftung and the Deutsche Schillergesellschaft. He is currently a DAAD PRIME postdoctoral researcher affiliated with the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University of Kent, the Paris School of Arts and Culture, and the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.

Jessica Sequeira

Jessica Sequeira is a PhD candidate based at King’s College, university of Cambridge. Her current research is on the literary relations between Latin America and South Asia, with a focus on India.
Previously, she completed a BA at Harvard University and an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. For the last decade she has been based in Santiago and Buenos Aires as an active writer, literary translator and teacher. Books she has published include the novel A Furious Oyster, the collection of stories Rhombus and Oval and the collection of essays Other Paradises: Poetic Approaches to Thinking in a Technological Age. In addition, she has translated over twenty books of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, mostly by Latin American authors.

Joanna Rzepa

Joanna Rzepa is a lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex. Prior to joining Essex, she worked at Trinity College Dublin, UCL, and the University of Warwick. She is the author of Modernism and Theology (Palgrave 2021), and her work has appeared in Modernism/modernity, Comparative Critical Studies, and Translation Studies. Her research interests include twentieth-century literature, cultural and intellectual history, Holocaust writing, and literary translation

Early Career Researchers


 Here you can find information on various kinds of funding for early-career researchers in comparative literature, as well as useful resources to support your teaching and research.



The AHRC website has a dedicated section aimed at supporting researchers in the period after the completion of their PhD, in the following areas: career options in academia and other fields; membership of the AHRC’s Peer Review College; links to the Peer review Resources site and online training; and the funding opportunities available to Early Career Researchers, including:

  • Future Leaders Fellowships, entailing funding over four years, extendable for a further three years, also open to international applicants looking to take up a role at a UK-based organisation.
  • Early Career Research Grants, ranging from £50,000 – £200,000, which aim to support collaborative research projects and assist new researchers gain experience of managing and leading research projects.

International Placement Scheme, an annual programme providing researchers at doctoral and early career level with dedicated access to world-class resources held at international IPS partner institutions. 



The British Academy supports early career researchers through schemes which provide funding, support public engagements and opportunities for participation in policy programmes. Among the opportunities are:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships, fully funded programmes for three years, with the aim of improving researchers’ chances of obtaining a permanent post.
  • British Academy/Wolfson Fellowships, for a duration of three years, aimed at researchers appointed within five years of their doctoral award to longer-term or permanent posts.

Newton International Fellowships, which provide opportunity for academics based outside the UK to work for two years at a UK institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaboration.  




The Leverhulme Trust offers Early Career Fellowships, tenable for three years on a full-time basis, to early career researchers, with a research record, but without a full-time permanent post, to undertake a significant piece of publishable work.




The RSE Saltire Early Career Fellowships aim to provide PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career researchers with a 3 – 12 month opportunity to focus on a research project of their choice in a university or research institute outside of the UK.

Link: Early-Career Awards – Grant funding | Wellcome


This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme. 
The level of funding: the applicant’s salary and up to £400,000 for research expenses. If eligible, you may also request additional funding for overseas allowances and overheads. 
The duration of the funding is usually 5 years, but may be less for some disciplines, and may only be longer if held on a part-time basis.
The host institutions of the applicant may be the United Kingdom, Ireland, low to middle income countries (excluding China and India). A full list of the eligible nations is available here.

Further details of the scheme, eligibility and suitability, the application process, key dates and supporting documents are available at this link.

The deadline for applications for the next round of awards is 21 June 2022, 17.00 BST.

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