Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships - Further Particulars

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships: Further Particulars

King's College wishes to appoint, with effect from 1st October 2017, one or more Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellows.  Applications are welcome in any area of the Physical or Chemical Sciences, Mathematics or Engineering. Graduates of any university are eligible. Applications are welcome from Royal Society University Research Fellows, Postdoctoral and Advanced Fellows of the Research Councils of the United Kingdom, Herchel Smith Fellows, Holders of Fellowships from the Wellcome Trust or the Leverhulme Trust, or Holders of any Post-Doctoral Appointment at any of the Departments of Cambridge University. Researchers may be at any relevant department of the university or associated institutions such as, for example, the Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Candidates must have external funding support for their salary for at least two years from 1st October 2017. The source of external funding, its duration and amount must be stated in any application.  The Fellowship lasts for up to 4 years, or until the end of the external funding - whichever is sooner.

The main function of Non-Stipendiary Fellowships is to offer researchers who have already secured external funding at Cambridge University the chance to participate in College life and enjoy the benefits of a College Fellowship.

The College offers generous help with accommodation.  This takes one of two forms: single, rent-free accommodation in College or an annual subsidy (currently £4,000) for fellows who live out of College.  There is also a shared equity scheme.  A Research Fellow has the right to take free meals in College for most of the year.  The holder of the Fellowship can apply for research support.  This can be used for attending conferences, visiting other academic institutions and other such expenses (this is currently £1,000 but may change).  Some support for pre-school children is also available.

The external salary can be supplemented by undertaking teaching within the College.  The additional remuneration obtained in this way would usually lie in the range of £2,000 to £4,000 per annum, depending on the amount of teaching undertaken.

Research Fellows of the College will be encouraged and expected to participate in the social and intellectual life of the College through attending academic events, appearing at lunch and dinner, and discussing research with Fellows and graduate students. From time to time the Research Managers organise evenings when Junior Research Fellows are asked to give short presentations on their work. 

The closing date for the Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship Competitions is 9 am on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017.  The application materials must be received before the closing date for full consideration.  After the closing date, the College will contact selected applicants by e-mail to ask for samples of written work, up to 20,000 words (either two or three published papers or chapters of a doctoral thesis).  Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview on Thursday, 20th July 2017.

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships: Method of Application

 To apply 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 (including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications) of no more than 4 x A4 sides (single spaced).
• A document containing a statement of current research and proposed research to be undertaken during the Fellowship of no more than 3 x A4 sides (single spaced).
Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation.  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 for assessment if the candidate is long-listed.  It is the duty of the candidate to ask the referees to submit the references before the closing date.

Your referee will need to provide a reference through the FAS website.  They will be sent two emails providing the information they need to do so.  Referees unable to submit references via the FAS system should send the reference by email to the JRF administrator, Bronach James, at .

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

The application will not be considered until it has been submitted and all references have been received.   An e-mail will be sent once this has happened.

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships: FAQs

We receive many applications for 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 associated with Cambridge University.  Can I apply?

Answer: Researchers or postdocs at a number of associated institutions are eligible to apply. Please consult the JRF administrator, Bronach James, at

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 (i.e. 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, Bronach James, at .

Question: I only have two referees. Does this matter?

Answer: Please contact the JRF administrator, Bronach James
( ) 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.