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Four Fellowships are offered by the 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 2021 to 4th January 2022.

Fellowships at Churchill College



One stipendiary Gulbenkian Fellowship in the following Arts subjects: Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, Archaeology, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), Geography (Arts side), History, History of Art, History of Science, Social Anthropology. Applicants must be non-UK nationals. This Fellowship was generously endowed in 1958 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.


Stipendiary Research Fellows will receive a stipend between points 27 and 29 on the university scale of stipends equating to £22,254 to £23,487 (at 1 Oct 2021) 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 do not have the right to work in the UK 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



One stipendiary Research Fellowship in Geography (Arts); Geography, Geology and Geophysics; Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; Mathematics; History of Art; or Architecture.

The Fellowship will normally be tenable for three years from 1 October 2022.


The 2022-23 pensionable rates are: pre-PhD £20,092 - £22,847, post PhD £21,686 – £24,174. These rates will be reviewed annually from 2023 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 £3,521, 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.

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Fellowships at Trinity Hall



One stipendiary* Fellowship in the following Arts subjects: Business and Management; Divinity/Theology; Economics; Law (including Legal Philosophy and Criminology); Philosophy (including Philosophy of Science); Political Theory and Political Philosophy; Politics and International Relations; Psychology (Social Science); Sociology.

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; 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 £23,499, (pre-PhD £20,851) 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 for the duration of the Research Fellowship. There is a further entitlement of seven free meals per week whenever food is provided. 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 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 2022.]
  5. Final decisions are made, and successful candidates are notified by end March 2022.