Newnham College Cambridge Research Fellowships for Female Researchers

Applications are invited for Research Fellowships intended for outstanding female researchers early in their careers. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.

We normally elect two women to Junior Research Fellowships each year, one in the Sciences (including Mathematics, Engineering and Psychology) and one in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Eligibility

  • Applications are invited for Research Fellowships intended for outstanding female researchers early in their careers. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.
  • Applications will be accepted from any female graduate of a university within or outside the United Kingdom. All candidates should note that these Research Fellowships are extremely competitive.
  • Successful candidates are expected to be either graduate students, probably in the latter stages of their research leading to a PhD Degree, or post-doctoral researchers in their first appointment.
  • Both selection panels use the concept of “research age” in judging how long a candidate has been active in research, so that time out of research for professional or family reasons will not be a disadvantage.

Fellowships at Newnham are restricted to women. These appointments comply with legislation on sex discrimination, relying on the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 22, and Article 3 of the College Charter.

Fellowship details

  • Research Fellows are appointed for a period of three years, although many leave sooner if they are successful in gaining faculty appointments in Cambridge or elsewhere.
  • During their tenure JRFs have no other duties other than to pursue their research, but they may, if they wish, participate in College teaching. They are members of the College Governing Body, and may serve on other College committees.
  • The Fellowships carry a competitive stipend, plus accommodation in a college set or flat. An additional allowance is paid if the holder chooses to live in non-College accommodation.
  • Fellowships may also be awarded on a non-stipendiary basis to women who hold another post-doctoral appointment in the University or in a recognised University Partner Institution (UPI).
  • Funds are available to support research costs, such as conference travel. All Research Fellows are also entitled to a one-off sum of up to £10K towards the cost of running an approved Newnham-based research event, such as a conference, workshop or seminar series.

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship subjects are offered on a three-year rotation, with the subjects as listed below. Newnham research students in the whole field of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may apply in any year, regardless of the rotational listing:

  • 2017/18: Classics, Human Social and Political Sciences (HSPS) (including Archaeology and Anthropology, Politics and International Studies, Social Sciences), Modern and Medieval Languages (including Theoretical and Applied Linguistics), Philosophy, Geography, History and Philosophy of Science. Applications are now open, and will close at midnight (BST) on Friday 27th October 2017. Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2018.
  • 2018/19: Economics, English (including Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Education, Business & Management, Land Economy, Music, Law Applications will open in late summer 2018. Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2019.
  • 2019/20: History, Architecture, History of Art, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Divinity Applications will open in late summer 2019. Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2020.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2017/18 Research Fellowship. Applications will close at midnight (BST) on Friday 27th October 2017.

Application date
27 Oct 2017
Date of residence
1 Oct 2018
Duration
3 years
Country
Europe United Kingdom
Discipline
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Classical Studies History Linguistics Philosophy Social sciences Geography International Relations Political science Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 9 years
Grants available
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