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Isaac Newton Trust Rutherford Research Fellowship 2017 – UK

Applications are invited for an Isaac Newton Trust Rutherford Research Fellowship in Classics, Education, English (including Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic), Modern and Medieval Languages (including Linguistics) or Music.

Application Deadline: All applications to be submitted online by Monday 14th November 2016.

Eligible Countries: All

To be taken at (country):  Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK

About the Award: The prime duty of a Research Fellow is to pursue research. A report on the progress of that research will be required each year, and will be considered at an annual appraisal. The Isaac Newton Trust Rutherford Research Fellow will normally be expected to undertake (for an additional payment) up to four hours of small group teaching per week. A mentor will be allocated throughout the period of the Fellowship.

The successful candidate will be elected to a Fellowship of the College, with which certain obligations and privileges are associated; these include membership of the Governing Body of the College, the prime decision-making body which meets seven times each year. The College is an educational charity of which each Fellow is a Trustee. The appointment is subject to the Statutes and Ordinances of the College.

Type: Fellowship


  • Early Career Research Fellowships are open to graduates, women and men, of any university who have recently or are about to complete their doctorates.
  • Candidates would normally be expected to have completed no more that 5 years full time equivalent post-doctoral research. Research Fellowships will not normally be awarded to people who have held comparable post-doctoral positions.
  • Successful candidates will normally have submitted their theses by the commencement of the Fellowship.
  • The statements of research should be no more than 1,000 words outlining the work candidates would submit in support of their applications, if requested, and the research they propose to do if elected. Please note that it will be read by people outside, as well as within, the candidate’s own discipline and should therefore be intelligible to scholars in other subjects.
  • Applications must be submitted online by 5.00pm on Monday, 14th November 2016.

Selection Process and Further Information: Churchill College, Fitzwilliam College, Murray Edwards College, Robinson College and Trinity Hall operate a Joint Application Scheme for Early Career Research Fellowships. Applications will be considered by all Colleges offering Fellowships in the relevant subject. A total of seven Fellowships is offered but candidates are advised that competition is likely to be intense; last year over 1000 applications were received.

Candidates are warned that they are responsible for checking their eligibility to take up the post under UK immigration rules.

Number of Awardees: 7

Value of Fellowship: 

  • The 2015-16 pensionable rates are: pre-PhD £18,212 – £20,989, post PhD £19,828 – £22,249. These rates will be reviewed annually from 2016 in line with stipends generally within the College.
  • Rent-free single accommodation will be offered in College, with a charge to cover services.
  • An allowance, which is currently £3,249, 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.
  • A Research Fellow is 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.
  • There is also a small tax-free allowance to cover out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the entertainment of students. An annual allowance of £1000 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.

Duration of Fellowship:  Tenable for three years from 1st October 2017

How to Apply: Information regarding the Fellowships on offer, further particulars and registration details are available here 

Visit Fellowship Webpage for details

Award Provider: University of Cambridge, UK

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