Christ's College - Junior Research Fellowship


Applications and referees\' reports must be received by noon on Thursday 31 October 2013. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Please make sure that your application and your referees\' reports reach us before the closing date. Register by clicking here.

Eligibility Requirements:

This year a stipendiary JRF is open to those whose research is in one or more of the following subject areas:

  • History
  • History & Philosophy of Science
  • Linguistics
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Politics, Sociology or 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. For further details regarding the Eligibility Requirements, please click here.

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 been awarded their PhD Degree after 1 January 2013. 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.

Candidates short-listed by the Scrutiny Committee (expected to be advised by Wednesday 13 November 2013) will be required to submit to the College samples of their written work for assessment by noon on Monday 18 November 2013 (in electronic format using the on-line system). The written work is expected to be papers being prepared for publication or chapters from a PhD thesis. 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 noon on Monday 18 November 2013, should they reach the first short-list.

Selected candidates may be invited to the College for interview on or around Friday 17 January 2014.

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 he or she is better able to carry out the research elsewhere. However the Governing Body may permit a Research Fellow to intermit the tenure of the Fellowship 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 stipend of a Junior Research Fellow is currently £20,764 (with a PhD) or £17,014 (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 £4,122 (with a PhD) or £1,886 (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. Where appropriate they may have the opportunity to undertake some undergraduate teaching during term, for which payment will be made at normal supervision rates. The 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, where appropriate, single accommodation in College.

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 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 31 July 2013.

Applications and referees\' reports must be submitted through the web site, and received by the College by noon on Thursday 31 October 2013.

Candidates will be short-listed by the College Scrutiny Committee by Wednesday 13 November 2013.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit to the College samples of their written work for assessment by noon on Monday 18 November 2013 (in electronic format using the on-line system). The written work is expected to be papers being prepared for publication or chapters from a PhD thesis. 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 Friday 17 January 2013.

The College hopes to reach a final decision in the week beginning 20 January 2014.

The successful candidate will normally enter into their Fellowship no later than 1 October 2014.

http://www3.christs.cam.ac.uk/jrf/