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

Candidates are advised 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 Administrator at Churchill College. Please note that the office will be closed from 18th December 2020 to 4th January 2021.

Fellowships at Fitzwilliam College



One stipendiary Isaac Newton Trust Rutherford Research Fellowship in Business & Management; Divinity; Economics; History & Philosophy of Science; Human, Social and Political Sciences (including Archaeology, Social Anthropology, POLIS, Sociology); Land Economy; Law; or Philosophy.

The Fellowship will normally be tenable for three years from 1 October 2021.

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The 2020-21 pensionable rates are: pre-PhD £19,612 - £22,417, post PhD £21,236 - £23,754. These rates will be reviewed annually from 2021 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. Rent-free single accommodation will be offered in College (a taxable benefit), with a charge to cover services. An allowance, which is currently £3,469, is paid to any Research Fellow not resident in College, and study facilities are made available. The College operates a housing loan scheme, which is designed to assist Fellows with the purchase of a residential property in the Cambridge area.

Research Fellows are entitled to all meals (either lunch or dinner) at College expense whenever the kitchens are open. Up to three of these meals each week may be assigned to guests; and further meals (for the Fellow and guests) are available at the Fellow’s expense.

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. Unused allowances may be carried forward for up to three years. Additional grants may sometimes be made to assist with certain approved research expenses which are not covered by departmental, faculty or other sources.

The Isaac Newton Trust Rutherford Research Fellowship is supported by awards from the Isaac Newton Trust and from Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Fellowships at Trinity Hall



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

One stipendiary* Fellowship in the following Science subjects: Astrophysics, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Experimental Psychology, Geography, Geology & Geophysics, Materials Science, Mathematics, Medical and Veterinary Science, and Physics.

* If a candidate is awarded external funding, the Fellowship may still be offered on a non-stipendiary basis.


The pensionable stipend of post-PhD Research Fellows in their first year is currently £23,152, (pre-PhD £20,543) 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. 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 two 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 and Trinity Hall will call some of the top-ranking candidates for interview in early March 2021.]
  5. Final decisions are made, and successful candidates are notified by end March 2021.