Postdoctoral By-Fellowships

Churchill College intends to appoint up to 16 Postdoctoral By-Fellows from the community of postdoctoral researchers of the University of Cambridge and its associated research institutes. The appointments will be for up to three years from 1st October 2023.


Postdoctoral By-Fellows contribute to a significant community of postdocs among the Churchill Fellowship. The College currently has 32 Postdoctoral By-Fellows to which we wish to further add and strengthen. Postdoctoral By-Fellows at Churchill College are full members of the Senior Common Room, possess generous dining rights, have access to sports and music facilities, and varied opportunities for participation in the academic and social life of the College.  Research expenses can be claimed up to £1000 p.a. The positions involve no formal teaching requirement, although it is expected that appointees will interact with postgraduate students through the College’s informal mentoring scheme as well as contribute to the College’s academic mission in other ways. Opportunities for undergraduate teaching may be available in some subjects and can be explored through discussion with relevant Directors of Study. No stipend or honorarium is payable, and no College accommodation is provided. Postdoctoral By-Fellows should not simultaneously be a member of another college.

One of the By-Fellowships awarded this round will be reserved for candidates in STEM disciplines who can demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and express a willingness to continue that mission in College. The Sustainability By-Fellow has access to a further £1000p.a. to support academic activity within this theme. The College currently has two Sustainability By-Fellows with whom the new Fellow will be expected to coordinate with.


Applications are welcomed in any subject. Applicants must hold a salaried postdoctoral position or personal fellowship in the University or one of its associated research institutes, with tenure for at least two years from the date of application, that is until June 2025. Appointments will be made on the basis of academic distinction and potential contribution to the academic community at Churchill College. The College would be very pleased to accept applications from underrepresented groups, and, in addition, candidates working in the fields of sustainability, equality and diversity, and postcolonial studies.


Application is by CV and letter, in which, in no more than 750 words (excluding references, footnotes and endnotes), applicants should describe their research and its importance, and what they will bring to the Churchill academic community. The nature and tenure of their current position should be clearly stated. Applicants must also arrange for two academic referees to write directly to the College on their behalf.  It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that the referee submits their reference by the closing date.

Applications and references must be received by Friday 16th June 2023

Meet our current Postdoctoral By-Fellows