Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships

The Governing Body of King's College invites applications for Junior Research Fellowships in the following fields:

  1. Physical and Chemical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering
  2. Visual Studies (excluding Art History), Digital Humanities, The Future City. Although it is not a requirement, applicants who have interests in more than one of these areas are particularly welcome.

    We take Visual Studies to include but not be restricted to: the historical study of visual culture, visual theory, the anthropology of the visual, museology, screen media studies, the history and theory of visual technologies.

    We take Digital Humanities to include but not be restricted to: the use and development of computational methods of enquiry and experimentation as applied in the humanities, research into visualisation techniques and their affordances, and explorations of the intersections between computer science and forms of knowledge as they are constructed and curated in different fields.

    We take The Future City to include but not be restricted to: architectural history and practice, the politics and technologies of urban studies and design, futurology as a mode of experimentation for understanding the interstices of real and virtual spaces as they are manifest in the city, geography when directed at the city as a speculative and realisable space.

The Junior Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body, with full privileges of Fellows. In addition to pursuing research, a Junior Research Fellow is required to live in Cambridge or close by and to participate in College life and activity. Privileges include all meals, limited financial support for expenses associated with research, the possibility of an office and accommodation in College properties. Although these are research posts, teaching is likely to be made available if desired.

The stipend attached to all Junior Research Fellowships is £20,100 (pre award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £25,869, according to age and academic qualification. Additional payment is made for teaching.


Graduates of any university are eligible. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD and must not have undertaken more than 2 years of postdoctoral work by 1 October 2016 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30 September 2014).


The closing date for application is 9am on Thursday, 17 September 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview early in January 2016. Interviews for Junior Research Fellowships in Visual Studies (excluding Art History), Digital Humanities, and The Future City will be held on the afternoons of Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 January 2016. Interviews for Junior Research Fellowships in the Physical and Chemical Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 21 January 2016. Please could you ensure that you will be available for interview on these dates, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. All Fellowships will begin on 1 October 2016 and will run until 30 September 2020.


To apply use the following links to go to the FAS website and create an application:

Before the closing date, applicants must complete all sections of the online Fellowship Application and upload onto the website (PDF only) the following:

  • A curriculum vitae (of no more than four A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.
  • A document (of no more than three A4 sides in length) containing a statement of current research and proposed research to be undertaken during the Fellowship.

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded onto the site in PDF format. Each referee will be asked to provide the names of two further readers, not in the candidate's institution, to whom work might be sent if the candidate is long-listed. It is the duty of the candidate to ensure that the referees submit the references and the names of readers before the closing date for references, which is one week after the closing date for applicants.

Your referees will need to provide their references through the FAS website. They will be sent an email containing a link to do this. Referees unable to submit references electronically via the FAS website may email to send them directly to the competition administrator.

Please note that all application materials must be in the English language.

The application will not be considered in the competition until it has been submitted and all references and the names of additional readers have been received. An email will be sent once this has occurred.

After the closing date, the College will contact selected applicants by email to ask for samples of written work, up to 20,000 words (either published papers or chapters of a doctoral thesis).

Travel expenses

A successful candidate travelling from outside the UK to take up a Fellowship may claim travel and removal expenses up to a level agreed in advance with the Bursar of the College.

Further questions

If you have any further questions regarding any aspect of the competition, please email to reach the competition administrator.

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