The Governing Body of the College is made up from our Fellowship.
Members of our Fellowship come from the a wide range of disciplines, cultures and stages in their academic careers. They make a significant contribution to the teaching, governance, social and pastoral life of the College. Some Fellows are employed by the College but most are employed directly by the University. All Fellows are part of the SCR (Senior Combination Room).
There are various Titles of Fellowship at Churchill College. Full details of College Fellowships, and the processes of election, may be found in the College’s Statutes and Ordinances. Election is generally in the hands of College Council, although for some classes (Fellows in Titles B and F; Visiting and Postdoctoral By-Fellows) this responsibility is delegated to the Fellowship Electors. Honorary and Benefactor Fellows are elected by the College Governing Body.
All full Fellows have the same rights to dine in College and to attend meetings of the Governing Body. Honorary and Benefactor Fellows have similar dining rights and are full members of the Senior Combination Room, but are not members of the Governing Body.
Title A Fellowships
Fellows elected under Title A must hold a teaching position in the College (such as College Lecturer, Tutor, or Director of Studies) or in the University. Fellows are normally elected on the recommendation of the Senior Tutor, in response to a teaching need.
Title B (Research) Fellowships
a) Senior Research Fellowships
Senior Research Fellowships are non-stipendiary and are offered to persons whom the Fellowship Electors consider worthy to conduct research in any subject, taking account of experience and promise. Senior Research Fellows are elected for an initial period not exceeding five years, which may be renewed at the discretion of the Fellowship Electors. Election is made in the Lent Term, after nomination by a Fellow of the College in the Michaelmas Term, with a limit of eight Fellows in this category at any time.
b) Junior Research Fellowships
Junior (Early Career) Research Fellowships are open to graduates of any University, who have recently completed their PhD or are close to completion (although there is no formal age limit). A stipend is provided with these Fellowships, and College accommodation is available if required. The normal tenure is three years. The Fellowships are widely advertised in the Michaelmas Term and elections made at the end of the Lent Term.
The College generally awards at least two stipendiary Fellowships annually. There are additionally a number of named Research Fellowships that may be advertised at the same time when funds allow.
Title C (Professorial) Fellowships
Subject to the University Statutes, the College may elect into a Fellowship under Title C, any person holding a Professorship in the University, or any of the Readerships or administrative offices specified for the time being in Schedule B of the University Statutes. Fellows in Titles A, B, E and G, who are appointed to Professorships in the University are normally automatically transferred to this Title.
Title D (Emeritus) Fellowships
The College may elect under Title D anyone who, on their retirement from a University or College office, has been a Fellow for not less than twenty-five years, and who intends to remain resident in Cambridge and active in College. Fellowships under Title D are held for life. Title D Fellows may attend and speak at meetings of the Governing Body but do not have voting rights.
Title E (Extraordinary) Fellowships
Fellows elected under Title E are distinguished in the advancement of learning and research, whom Council deems it to be in the interests of the College to elect.
Title F (Overseas) Fellowships
Overseas Fellowships are full Fellowships of the College and are offered to distinguished senior academics from abroad who normally will spend at least two terms or equivalent at the College. They are likely to be full professors and to be world class in their discipline. No stipend is attached to these Fellowships but in addition to dining privileges there is an entitlement to rented accommodation in College. Overseas Fellows may attend and speak at meetings of the Governing Body but do not have voting rights. Overseas Fellowships are not filled by open application but through nomination by a sponsoring Fellow of the College who intends to collaborate or otherwise have a significant interaction with the nominee.
The following named Fellowships may be held at Overseas Fellow or visiting By-Fellow level, at the discretion of the Fellowship Electors:
(a) French Government Fellowships
The purpose of the French Government Fellowships is ‘to promote visits by French scientific research workers to the University of Cambridge while allowing them to profit by the multidisciplinary environment provided by the College surroundings’. In addition to dining privileges there is an entitlement to accommodation in College, for which the charges are met by a grant from the French Government.
Normally, two or three Fellowships are awarded in this category each year, for periods of 6-12 months. The Fellowships are advertised annually in France, normally in February or March. The College liaises closely with the Counsellor for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in submitting nominations to the Fellowship Electors.
Enquiries and applications should be made to the Scientific Counsellor at the French Embassy in London: www.ambafrance-uk.org/-The-Department-
Title G (Official) Fellowships
Fellows elected under Title G are employed by the College in a senior academic or administrative capacity (such as Bursar, Domestic Bursar, Development Director, Director of the Archives Centre, Director of the Møller Institute).
By-Fellows, while being neither full Fellows nor being permitted to attend meetings of the Governing Body, are strongly encouraged to engage in both the academic and social life of the College. No stipend is attached to By-Fellowships but there is an allowance for High Table dining, which varies between categories. By-Fellows may also attend various guest nights and other special dinners in College and use the facilities of the Senior Combination Room. In the case of Visiting and Archives By-Fellowships, there is also an entitlement to rented accommodation in College, if available.
Please contact the Fellowship Administrator for further information on accommodation.
Teaching By-Fellowships may be offered to fill a specific teaching need, on the recommendation of the Senior Tutor. Teaching By-Fellows are normally expected to teach for the College for 3 hours per week. In return, they are entitled to seven meals per week at College expense. Tenure is variable.
Visiting By-Fellowships are offered to senior academics from overseas staying for relatively short periods of time (such as one term), younger academics from overseas and visiting scholars from within the United Kingdom. There is no stipend attached to these By-Fellowships but there is an allowance for High Table dining and an entitlement to rented accommodation in College, if available.
Elections are made following nomination by a sponsoring Fellow of the College who intends to collaborate or otherwise has a significant interaction with the nominee.
For further details, please contact the Vice Master.
Named By-Fellowships (French Government, Technion) are offered to less senior academics wishing to stay in Cambridge for a minimum of one Term. See under Overseas Fellowships above for further details.
Archives By-Fellowships are offered to those wishing to undertake significant work in the Churchill Archives Centre. The duration of an Archives By-Fellowship may be from one term to one academic year. There is no stipend attached to these By-Fellowships but there is an allowance for High Table dining and an entitlement to rented accommodation in College, if available.
Elections are made following nomination by the Archives Committee.
For further details, please contact the Director of the Archives Centre.
(a) John Antcliffe Archives By-Fellowship
With the very generous assistance of the John Antcliffe Fund, a sponsored by-fellowship has been established for a project concerned with the political, economic or social history of the ‘Thatcher era’ (approximately the period 1975-1997).
Artist By-Fellowships are offered from time to time to visual artists, performing artists, musicians and persons engaged in creative writing or dramatic production, who wish to use the facilities of College, the University, or local galleries and museums to advance their activities. There is no stipend attached to these By-Fellowships and no entitlement to accommodation in College. The duration of an Artist By-Fellowship may be from one term to one academic year.
Candidates for Artist By-Fellowships will only be considered if their application is supported by a Fellow of the College. Would-be candidates should seek to identify and consult with appropriate Fellows in the first instance. The advice of the Hanging Committee will be sought in appointing visual artists. Other categories of artists will be considered on the recommendation of the Fellow supporting the application, in consultation with the Senior Tutor and appropriate Directors of Studies within the College.
For further details, please contact the Vice Master.
(a) Judith E Wilson Fellowship
An arrangement with the Faculty Board of English enables a Judith E Wilson Visiting Fellowship to be offered every few years. The By-Fellowship is offered to someone with experience in dramatic production, as the playwright, director, producer or actor, in theatre, opera, film, radio, or television. Further details are available from the Faculty Board of English.
Schoolteacher By-Fellowships may be offered to teachers who have been released from their responsibilities to pursue a specific project in College. Schoolteacher By-Fellows are entitled to accommodation and meals at College expense and a special allowance to cover out of pocket expenses.
Elections are made on the recommendation of the Senior Tutor, who should be contacted for further information.
Up to 16 Postdoctoral By-Fellows are elected each year, from applicants who are working or intend to work in University Departments or associated Institutes, and who wish to engage with the College’s academic community. There is no stipend attached to these By-Fellowships, and no entitlement to accommodation in College, The duration of a Post-Doctoral By-Fellowship is 3 years, conditional on continuing employment in the University.
Postdoctoral By-Fellowships are advertised towards the end of the Lent Term and elections are made in the Easter Term.
(a) Visiting Professional By-Fellowships
Visiting Professional By-Fellowships enable individuals employed in industry and commerce and nominated by companies to spend three to twelve months in association with the College and with a University Department. Professional By-Fellows are expected to fit into an academic environment and to have a specific project in mind which should be of mutual interest to a University Department and to a Fellow of Churchill so that there can be the maximum interaction between the By-Fellow, the College, the company, and the University. Visiting By-Fellows are entitled to rented accommodation in College, if available.
(b) Local Professional By-Fellowships
Local Professional By-Fellows may be either senior personnel in research-active local companies, who work in association with Fellows of the College, or senior members of the University with responsibilities or leadership roles of interest to the College. Elections are made following nomination by a sponsoring Fellow of the College.
(c) Møller By-Fellowships
Møller By-Fellowships may be offered to individuals nominated by the Board of Directors of the Møller Institute, on terms agreed at the time of election.
Senior members of the College staff may be elected to a Staff By-Fellowship in recognition of their service to the College or where there is deemed to be a benefit in facilitating greater contact with the Fellowship.