Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We receive many applications for our Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship positions. Some of the most common queries are answered below.

Question: I am a researcher or postdoc at a department or research institute that is part of Cambridge University. Can I apply?
Answer: Yes, we will be happy to consider your application.

Question: How can I be sure that my application has been received?
Answer: You will create your own account on the FAS system. You will receive an email when your application is complete (ie all references have been received). If you submit before all your references have been received you will receive an email acknowledgement that you have submitted. After the long-listing committee has met, all applicants will receive an email stating whether or not we wish to see further work. This will typically be at least three weeks after the competition has closed.

Question: How do I know if my referees have completed their references?
Answer: You will receive an email when a reference is completed. It is the duty of the applicant to ensure that their referees complete a reference for them. Referees unable to submit references via the FAS online system may send them by email to the JRF administrator, Pat Wilson, at .

Question: I only have two referees. Does this matter?
Answer: Please contact the JRF administrator, Pat Wilson ( ) as your application may still be considered.

Question: What happens if my file becomes corrupted or cannot be read?
Answer: If we cannot read any file, we will contact you and ask you to re-send it in another format.

Method of application | Junior Research Fellowships