Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University Early Career Research Fellowships 2018

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 This year, Fitzwilliam College of Cambridge University invites applications for eleven Early Career Research Fellowships which will normally be tenable for three years from 1 October 2018.

Application Deadline: Monday 13th November 2017

Eligible Countries: All

To Be Taken At (Country): UK

About the Award: Applications are invited for two Early Career Research Fellowships:

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1)      In Economics; History and Philosophy of Science; Human, Social and Political Sciences; Land Economy; Law; Philosophy; or History.

2)      In a branch of the Sciences (including Mathematics and Engineering). This will be a Henslow Fellowship, funded by the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Applications will be more likely to succeed if they do not overlap with the areas in which the College’s existing Research Fellows are active: British History; Astrophysics; Computational and Molecular Biology; Applied Mathematics; Archaeology. The Fellowships will normally be tenable for three years from 1 October 2018. The Fellowships are open to graduates of any University, with no age limit, but will normally be awarded to candidates who have recently completed their PhD or are close to completion.

Type: Research, 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.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: 

  • The 2017-18 pensionable rates are: pre-PhD £18,777 – £21,585, post PhD £20,411 – £22,876. These rates will be reviewed annually from 2018 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, with a charge to cover services. An allowance, which is currently £3,340, 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. There is also a small tax-free allowance to cover out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the entertainment of students.
  • 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.

How to Apply:  Churchill College, Fitzwilliam College, Murray Edwards College, St Edmund’s College, Selwyn 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 eleven 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.

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Award Providers: Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge


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