Christ's College Junior Research Fellowship 2018

The College invites applications for a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship. The Fellowship will normally be tenable for four years from not later than 1st October 2018 and is not renewable.

Applications and referees' reports must be received by 12:00 noon on Thursday 26th October 2017. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Please make sure that your application and your referees' reports reach us before the deadline and please note that we do NOT accept references sent via a dossier service.

To apply, you are required to register. This involves no commitment but enables you to save your application and revisit/edit it before submitting, or to check its status. It is recommended that you register as soon as possible.

To register, please go to the Application Registration page.

Competition Details

Eligibility Requirements

  • This year a stipendiary JRF is open to those whose research is principally in one or more of the following subject areas:
    • Architecture
    • Education
    • History
    • History of Art
    • Land Economy
    • Linguistics
    • Politics and International Studies
  • Applications are invited from candidates who hold a first degree, or a higher degree or who are studying for a higher degree. Candidates are advised that a Junior Research Fellowship is intended for a researcher early in their career and offers an opportunity to carry out novel research in a stimulating academic environment.
  • Please view the Eligibility Requirements for further details.
  • A successful applicant is expected to be either a graduate student, probably in the latter stages of research leading to a PhD Degree (or equivalent), or a post-doctoral researcher who has completed their PhD Degree after 1st January 2017. Candidates who do not fulfil these criteria are unlikely to be considered.
  • Candidates should not hold or have held a stipendiary research fellowship at another Oxford or Cambridge college.
  • Selected candidates may be invited to the College for interview on or around Thursday 11th January 2018.
  • Applications, including two referees' reports, must be submitted online by 12:00 noon on Thursday 26th October 2017.

Written Work

  • Shortlisted candidates (expected to be advised by Tuesday 7th November 2017) will be required to submit to the College samples of their written work for assessment by Monday 13th November 2017 (in electronic format using the online system). The written work is expected to be papers being prepared for publication or chapters for a PhD thesis and no more than around 20,000 words. In addition to the electronic submission two hard copies will normally also be required. Because the timetable is tight it is recommended that candidates have work prepared for submission by Monday 13th November 2017, should they reach the first short-list.

Fellowship Details

  • The Fellowship may be held for a period of up to four years. Tenure of the Fellowship is conditional upon the holder devoting themselves to research to the satisfaction of the College Council. The holder must carry out the research within the University of Cambridge unless the Governing Body is satisfied that they are better able to carry out the research elsewhere. However the Governing Body may permit a Research Fellow to intermit the tenure of the Fellowship after completion of at least their first year for the purpose of pursuing research elsewhere than in Cambridge provided that the period or periods of intermission shall in no circumstances exceed a total of two years.
  • The annual stipend of a Junior Research Fellow is currently £23,879 (with a PhD) or £19,485 (without a PhD) provided that the Fellow is not paid from elsewhere (other than remuneration for up to six hours' College or University teaching a week). Fellows living out of College receive a non-pensionable living-out allowance of £4,288 (with a PhD) or £1,962 (without a PhD). The stipend for a Fellow who has additional emoluments (other than that for up to six hours teaching) will be reduced by the total amount of pay received.
  • In addition to pursuing research, it is hoped that a Research Fellow will take a full part in College life and activities. They are expected to undertake some undergraduate teaching during term, for which payment will be made at normal supervision rates. The Research Fellow will be a member of the Governing Body, eligible to sit on College committees, with the full privileges of a Fellow. Privileges include seven free meals per week, the possibility of limited financial support for expenses associated with their research, use of a study room or possibly single accommodation in College.
  • The College also offers a non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship for research in any subject, open to those who have, or expect to have, secured postdoctoral research funding support at Cambridge University. Candidates should advise the College if they would like their application to be put forward for this Fellowship should it be unsuccessful for the stipendiary position. Further details can be found on the College web site.
  • It should be noted that a successful candidate for a stipendiary JRF who does not have an automatic right to work in the United Kingdom (including anyone who is completing a PhD at an overseas institution) will be subject to the visa requirements of the United Kingdom. The College will give informal advice and assistance but ultimately it will be the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa.

Application Timetable

  • The application process begins on Wednesday 26th July 2017.
  • Applications and referees' reports must be submitted through the web site, and received by the College by 12:00 noon on Thursday 26th October 2017.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted by the College by Tuesday 7th November 2017.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit to the College samples of their written work for assessment by Monday 13th November 2017 (in electronic format using the online system). The written work is expected to be papers being prepared for publication or chapters for a PhD thesis and no more than around 20,000 words. In addition to the electronic submission two hard copies will normally also be required.
  • Selected candidates may be invited to the College for interview on or around Thursday 11th January 2018.
  • The College hopes to reach a final decision in the week beginning 15th January 2018.
  • The successful candidate will normally enter into their Fellowship no later than 1st October 2018.



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