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Eleven Fellowships are offered by the six colleges. Candidates are warned that competition is likely to be intense; last year over 1,000 applications were received.

Candidates are warned that they are responsible for checking their eligibility to take up the post under UK immigration rules.

The administration of the Scheme is conducted by the Fellowship Secretary at Churchill College. Please note that the office will be closed from 21st December 2017 to 4th January 2018.

Fellowships at Churchill College

Website: www.chu.cam.ac.uk


One stipendiary Fellowship in the following Arts subjects: Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, Archaeology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Geography (Arts side), History, History of Art, History of Science and Social Anthropology.

One stipendiary Fellowship in the Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics.


Stipendiary Research Fellows will receive a stipend between points 27 and 29 on the university scale of stipends equating to £20,989 to £22,214 (at 1 Oct 2017) if post-PhD. If pre-PhD the stipend is reduced by 10%. The stipend is pensionable.

Single stipendiary Fellows will be entitled to a small Fellows' set free of rent but subject to the standard service charge. Fellows with partners choosing to live in a Sheppard Flat or Wolfson Flat (subject to availability) on the College site will be given a 50% reduction in rent.

There is no living out allowance.

If a Junior Research Fellow is living out of College, research space will be provided in College, subject to availability.

All Junior Research Fellows in Churchill College are members of the Senior Combination Room, giving them access to social and sports facilities. Research Fellows have generous dining entitlements and there are active academic and social programmes in which they are invited to participate.

Successful applicants who are not EEA nationals will need to obtain an appropriate visa to enable them to work in the UK in order take up a Fellowship.

Fellowships at Fitzwilliam College

Website: www.fitz.cam.ac.uk


One stipendiary Research Fellowship in Economics; History and Philosophy of Science; Human, Social and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Philosophy; or History.

One stipendiary Henslow Fellowship in a branch of the Sciences (including Mathematics and Engineering). The stipend will be funded by the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

The Fellowships will normally be tenable for three years from 1 October 2018.


The 2017-18 pensionable rates are: pre-PhD £18,777 - £21,585, post PhD £20,411 - £22,876, with an additional allowance, which is currently £3,340, for any Research Fellow not resident in College. These rates will be reviewed annually from 2018 in line with stipends generally within the College. A stipendiary Fellow already holding an award from another organisation, such as a Research Council or similar body, will be paid a stipend from the date such an award expires.

An annual allowance of £1,000 is provided for use for academic purposes including the purchase of books, and computing equipment or attendance at conferences. Additional grants may sometimes be made to assist with certain approved research expenses which are not covered by departmental, faculty or other sources.

Rent-free single accommodation will be offered in College, with a charge to cover services. Study facilities are made available to a non-resident Research Fellow. A Research Fellow is a full member of the Governing Body. A Research Fellow is entitled to all meals (either lunch or dinner) at College expense when the kitchens are open.

Further information is available at www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/vacancies/academic.

Fellowships at Murray Edwards College

Website: www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk


One stipendiary Research Fellowship in Arts/Humanities or Mathematics.


The current pensionable stipend for a Stipendiary Research Fellow in the first year is £19,822, increasing to £22,553 in the third year; this is eligible for the University cost of living increase.

Stipendiary Research Fellows will be offered single accommodation in College, for which a service charge is payable.

All Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body and enjoy the Dining Rights, a small entertainment allowance and a research grant. It is College policy to provide all Fellows with PCs as necessary for College teaching and administrative roles.

Fellowships at Selwyn College

Website: www.sel.cam.ac.uk


One stipendiary Centenary Research Fellowship, supported by the Isaac Newton Trust, in the following Arts subjects: Anglo-Saxon, Architecture, Classical Literature and Linguistics, Education, English, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music.

One stipendiary Henslow Research Fellowship, funded by the Cambridge Philosophical Society, in any science subject including Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Mathematics, or Engineering.

One stipendiary Keasbey Research Fellowship in American Studies in any subject relating to North American Studies.


The initial pensionable stipend for a Research Fellow with a PhD (and who does not already have a salaried position) will correspond to the first step of an incremental scale, currently £18,739 - £19,553- £20,374. The non-incremental stipend for a Research Fellow without a PhD is currently £16,707. Accommodation in College is provided for a single Fellow, for which a charge (currently £122 p.a.) is made. College flats, for which a normal economic rent is charged, may be available for Research Fellows with partners. Research Fellows enjoy the same privileges as other Fellows, which include seven free meals at the High Table per week, and small allowances for travel and other expenses incurred by Fellows in connection with their research. They are also eligible to join the College’s private health care scheme, the College paying 50% of the annual premium.

Further information is available at www.sel.cam.ac.uk/selwyn-college/employment.

Fellowships at St Edmund’s College

Website: www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk


One stipendiary Fellowship (The Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellowship), which is open to candidates who will carry out research in any field within the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. Applicants should be of postdoctoral level or expect to attain it by 1 October 2018.


The pensionable stipend is £22,095 (subject to annual increments), which is point 23 on the College salary spine. The successful candidate would be a Title B Fellow, a voting member of the Governing Body, and would be entitled to certain dining rights. In addition, they would have an allowance for accommodation in College.

The Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellow would have the full rights of Fellowship within the College. They would be expected to attend Governing Body meetings, which normally take place once a term and, in due course, they might also be invited to become a member of other College committees.

The Toby Jackman Newton Trust Research Fellow would be expected to pursue full-time research, but also they would be expected to participate in the life of this academic community, for example, mentoring, or participating in research seminars for our graduate students. They would be welcome to undertake supervisions (small-group teaching) for the College, by arrangement with the Senior Tutor.

Applicants from countries outside the EEA must consult the Home Office UI Border Agency Website (www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/) to check eligibility requirements before making an application.

International prospective applicants need to be aware that the College is not in a position to pay air-fares for those short-listed for interview in Cambridge. Short listed candidates who are invited for interview should be aware that they will be asked to bring their original qualification certificates and proof of eligibility to work and reside in the UK (passport, UK birth certificate, EU identity card).

The College gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Isaac Newton Trust.

Fellowships at Trinity Hall

Website: www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk


One stipendiary* Fellowship in the following Arts subjects: Anglo-Saxon, Architecture, Classical Literature & Linguistics, Education, English, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages (MML), Music.

One stipendiary* Fellowship in Science subjects (including Mathematics, Medicine, Engineering and Experimental Psychology).


The pensionable stipend of post-PhD Research Fellows in their first year is currently £22,297, (pre-PhD £19,784) if resident in College. The stipend may be subject to reduction, or the Fellowship may become fully non-stipendiary, if financial support is received from another source. An additional allowance of £2,000 per annum (under review) is paid to any Research Fellow not resident in College. Stipends are reviewed annually and are normally increased in line with increases in Cambridge University academic salaries generally, although the College is not tied to University scales for Research Fellows. * If a candidate is awarded external funding, the Fellowship may still be offered on a non-stipendiary basis. College accommodation is rent free. Unfortunately no accommodation is available for Research Fellows with children.



The following procedure is followed by the Colleges in processing applications:
  1. Application form and statement of research are reviewed by all six Colleges along with references, and a proportion is selected for detailed assessment.
  2. Candidates who pass the first stage are invited to submit written material, (typically an extract from a doctoral thesis and an academic publication), for assessment.
  3. Written material is sent to two independent academic experts for detailed assessment. Reports are shared between Colleges.
  4. Colleges rank candidates on the basis of assessors' reports. [Fitzwilliam College, Murray Edwards College, Selwyn College, St Edmund's College and Trinity Hall will call some of the top-ranking candidates for interview in early March 2018.]
  5. Final decisions are made, and successful candidates are notified by end March 2018.