Senior Research Fellowships at All Souls College Oxford

The Senior Research Fellowship is a renewable seven-year year fellowship equivalent to a full professorship or statutory chair in the University of Oxford.  Senior Research Fellowships are open to senior academic and independent scholars with an outstanding record of research.  The College usually elects Senior Research Fellows in alternate years; applications for Senior Research Fellowships tenable from October 2018 can now be made.

All Souls College intends to elect up to three Senior Research Fellowships tenable from 1 October 2018 (or other agreed date) in Classics (Language and Literature), Literature in English, and Theoretical Physics.

A Senior Research Fellowship is of comparable academic standing to a statutory Professorship in the University of Oxford. Applicants are expected to have a correspondingly distinguished record of achievement in research and those elected may apply within the University for the title of Professor.


The primary duty of a Senior Research Fellow is to pursue a programme of advanced study and research in Oxford, approved by the College. Senior Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body of the College. As such, they are expected to attend and participate in all College meetings and may be asked to serve on College committees, to assist with the annual Prize Fellowship examination and, for a limited period, to hold a part-time College officership. Leave of absence may be granted on the recommendation of the College's Academic Purposes Committee. This allows Fellows to work away from Oxford for up to one term in six, when this would be beneficial to their programme of research. In exceptional circumstances, the College will entertain applications for further leave, but of no more than three consecutive terms. Senior Research Fellows may take on limited other commitments, subject to discharging the obligations of their Fellowship.

The College requires Senior Research Fellows to report to its Academic Purposes Committee every two years on the progress of their research programmes. The College does not regard Fellows as bound indissolubly to the particular programmes they have proposed and may permit Fellows to vary them. Senior Research Fellowships are subject to renewal by the College every seven years. The College will renew the Fellowship on evidence of satisfactory achievement and on presentation of a satisfactory programme of research for the following seven years (or until retirement).  The College has adopted a normal retirement age of 30 September before the 68th birthday.  As the College is a charity of which the Fellows are trustees, the successful applicants must be eligible to be Charity Trustees and discharge this responsibility effectively.

Academic Support

All Senior Research Fellows will be assigned a study in College or one of its ancillary buildings. Studies are connected to the University IT network and the College assists with the purchase of computing equipment. In addition, the College provides an academic allowance of up to £3,296 to cover research expenses. Fellows can apply for additional grants towards research expenses and in support of conferences and seminars they may wish to arrange in College.

Pay and Allowances


The annual stipend of Senior Research Fellows from 1 August 2017, inclusive of the housing allowance payable to eligible Fellows, will range from £100,086 to £109,361 per annum and is linked to a point on the Oxford University professorial salary scale. To qualify for the higher rate of pay within this range in any academic year, a Fellow must undertake to give not fewer than sixteen lectures or equivalent in the University in that year. The pay may be on an intermediate rate if fewer lectures are given. These stipends are paid on the basis that the Fellow is engaged full-time on the research for which the Fellow was elected.


The College is a member of the USS pension scheme in which Senior Research Fellows will be automatically enrolled. Those who are adversely affected by HMRC rules on pension tax allowances may elect to receive a 12% cash enhancement to their relevant pay if they opt out of USS altogether, select an enhanced opt out, or set a voluntary cap on their pensionable salary.

Housing Allowances/Housing Finance/Accommodation

A Senior Research Fellow living out of College but within 25 miles of Oxford receives a pensionable housing allowance of £6,308 which is included in the stipend.

The College may also be able to help with partial housing finance.  Alternatively, and subject to availability, the College may be able to offer at no charge single residential accommodation in the College or one of its annexes, but this is a taxable benefit and no housing allowance will be paid.

Dining Rights

Fellows are entitled to lunch and dinner at common table without charge.

Relocation Costs

The College will pay all costs associated with the Senior Research Fellows’ office move and in appropriate cases contribute towards other relocation costs, including qualifying expenses up to a limit of £8,000, and also the costs of visas and related NHS charges for themselves and their immediate dependants where applicable.

Medical Insurance

Fellows and their immediate dependants are also eligible for participation in the College’s medical insurance scheme. There is no charge for this but it is a taxable benefit.

Applications and calendar

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.  In order to enable the College to monitor the effectiveness of its equality policy and procedures, all candidates are invited to complete the confidential recruitment monitoring form, which is processed entirely separately from the applications and plays no part in the selection process.

The College obtains further independent references about short-listed candidates and will tell candidates if they are on the final short-list by Monday 22 January 2018.  Candidates on that list will be invited for interview on Friday or Saturday, 9/10 February or on Friday/Saturday, 16/17 February, and will have the opportunity to meet informally with the Warden and to dine in College on the Saturday evening. Appointment is by the election of the Warden and Fellows of All Souls as a whole. The election meeting is on Saturday, 24 February and the result is published that day.

The College would not make an election to a Fellowship if it did not believe that there was a suitable candidate for the vacancy.

Application date
15 Sep 2017
7 years
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities Classical Studies Literature Other Physics
Required post-doc experience: 
between 10 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
£ 100.086-109.361/year + research allowance