Each year Churchill College appoints around 16 Postdoctoral By-Fellows from the community of postdoctoral researchers of the University of Cambridge and its associated research institutes. The appointments are for up to three years. 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 annually and further information will be available here when the applications open.
Postdoctoral By-Fellows contribute to a significant community of postdocs among the Churchill Fellowship (around 60 in all, including Junior Research Fellows and Teaching By-Fellows as well as Postdoctoral By-Fellows). They are full members of the Senior Common Room with generous dining rights, 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 hoped that appointees will participate in mentoring postgraduate students or contribute to the College’s academic mission in other ways. Opportunities for undergraduate teaching may be available in some subjects. Two By-Fellowships 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, for which a further £1000 honorarium is available.
Applications are welcome 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. Appointments are 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.