Junior Research Fellowships

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships

Each year, the college holds competitions for Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships. These support gifted young researchers for four years; generally Junior Research Fellows are appointed within two years of the award of a doctorate.

The Fellowships give young researchers an opportunity to establish their career before moving on to become fully independent researchers. Junior Research Fellows have freedom to carry out their chosen research projects within the academic environment of the College and the University departments.

Please see below for details on how to apply for the following Junior Research Fellowships:

  1. The Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2018–2022: Inequality
  2. The Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2018–2022: Race.Any candidate who wishes to be considered in both competitions should indicate this clearly in the heading of their research project.
  3. The Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Biological Sciences 2018 - 2022

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Biological Sciences
2018–2022


King’s College Cambridge invites applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project in some aspect of the Biological Sciences.

The stipend of the Junior Research Fellow will be funded solely by King’s College, although the candidate will need to find a laboratory offering the facilities needed for his/her research.  No bench fees will be paid by King’s College.  The area of research is open and should be stated by the candidates, within the parameters of Biological Sciences, including Medical Sciences.

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 £20,874 (pre award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £26,864, according to age and academic qualification. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made to those not living in college.


Eligibility

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 1st October 2018 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2016).   Appropriate allowance will be made for any time out taken for maternity or paternity leave, other caring responsibilities, or exceptional circumstances.


Dates

The closing date for application is midday on Monday, 16th October 2017.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.  Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on 28th February 2018. Please ensure that you will be available for interview, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. The Fellowship will begin on 1st October 2018 and will run until 30th September 2022.


Application

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

https://app.casc.cam.ac.uk/fas_live/kings_biol.aspx

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 three A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.

• A document (of no more than 1200 words in length) containing descriptions of your current research and of the research you propose to undertake 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 two readers before the closing date.

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 e-mail 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 e-mail to reach the competition administrator.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2018–2022: Inequality

King’s College Cambridge invites applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the study of inequality.

Inequality within and between human groups is one of the most perennial themes across the social sciences, humanities and arts. It is also highly topical, with much public and scholarly attention being given to the arguments that income inequalities between nations have been falling in recent decades, whereas the domestic distributions of income and wealth have tended to become more unequal, at least within the wealthier countries – in both cases with profound political and cultural consequences. The United Nations have drawn attention to the linked nature of frameworks of inequality – inequalities of education, resources, access to knowledge, gender inequalities etc. – and have made addressing inequality one of the major aims of their Sustainable Development Goals, This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage new research into any aspect of past or present inequality, and responses to inequalities, in any part of the world, and locally, nationally or internationally, whether approached from the angle of archaeology, anthropology, art, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, politics, or sociology.

The ideal candidate for this Junior Research Fellowship will have a strong background in one or more disciplines within the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences, and have completed an outstanding doctoral thesis. It is not a requirement that the candidate’s doctoral studies or the work that they submit in support of their application should have concerned issues of inequality, but candidates will be expected to show in their applications both how their future work relates to the work that they have already done and that they are able to situate their project in relation to current research on inequality. Projects that draw on work from different disciplines may be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community and to organise academic activities in the form of seminars / workshops / conferences (for which the College will provide modest funding).

The College is simultaneously advertising another JRF in Race, and is conscious that there may be projects which simultaneously address both race and inequality. Any candidate who wishes to be considered in both competitions should indicate this clearly in the heading of their research project.

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 £20,874 (pre award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £26,864, according to age and academic qualification. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made to those not living in college. Further information about the College may be obtained from the College website (www.kings.cam.ac.uk).


Eligibility

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 1st October 2018 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2016).


Dates

The closing date for application is 9 am on Tuesday, 19th September 2017. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on either Wednesday, 17th January or Thursday, 18th January 2018. Please ensure that you will be available for interview on these dates, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. The Fellowship will begin on 1st October 2018 and will run until 30th September 2022.


Application

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

https://app.casc.cam.ac.uk/fas_live/kings_inequality.aspx

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 three A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.

• A document (of no more than 1200 words in length) containing descriptions of your current research and of the research you propose to undertake 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 two 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 e-mail 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 e-mail to reach the competition administrator.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.

 

Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
2018–2022: Race

King’s College Cambridge invites applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the study of race.

Ideas of race based on ethnic descent and ethno-religious differences have long powerfully shaped human relations and human intimacies. Such classifications and naturalized hierarchies have constructed and constricted ideas about human capacities in strikingly pervasive ways. They have also centred on a whole range of theories about inherited characteristics and physical appearances that have served to institutionalise and politically enact discrimination in the shape of various forms of racisms. Equally, race as a noun has become a powerful basis for the collective resistance of communities to ethnic prejudice. Better understanding the impact of ideas and practices of race and racisms on human society and culture in the past and in the present, and the nature and reality of prejudice, is an urgent need. This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage such research by enabling the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on some aspect of race. Projects may concern the role of race in any part of the world and in any aspect of past or present archaeology, anthropology, art, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, politics, or sociology.

The ideal candidate for this Junior Research Fellowship will have a strong background in one or more disciplines within the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences and have completed an outstanding doctoral thesis. It is not a requirement that the candidate’s doctoral studies or the work that they submit in support of their application should have concerned issues of race, but candidates will be expected to show in their applications both how their future work relates to the work that they have already done, and that they are able to situate their proposed project in relation to current research on race. The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community and to organise academic activities in the form of seminars/workshops/conferences (for which the College will provide modest funding).

The College is simultaneously advertising another JRF in Inequality, and is conscious that there may be projects which simultaneously address both race and inequality. Any candidate who wishes to be considered in both competitions should indicate this clearly in the heading of their research project.

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 £20,874 (pre award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £26,864, according to age and academic qualification. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made to those not living in college. Further information about the College may be obtained from the College website (www.kings.cam.ac.uk).


Eligibility

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 1st October 2018 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2016).


Dates

The closing date for application is 9 am on Tuesday, 19th September 2017. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on either Wednesday, 17th January 2017 or Thursday, 18th January 2018. Please ensure that you will be available for interview on these dates, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. The Fellowship will begin on 1st October 2018 and will run until 30th September 2022.


Application

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

https://app.casc.cam.ac.uk/fas_live/kings_race.aspx

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 three A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.

• A document (of no more than 1200 words in length) containing descriptions of your current research and of the research you propose to undertake 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 two 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 e-mail 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 e-mail to reach the competition administrator.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships

King's College wishes to appoint, with effect from 1st October 2017, one or more Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellows in any area of the Physical or Chemical Sciences, Mathematics or Engineering.

The main function of Non-Stipendiary Fellowships is to offer researchers who have already secured external funding at Cambridge University, or an associated institution, the chance to participate in College life and enjoy the benefits of a College Fellowship.  Applicants must therefore have external funding support for their salary for at least two years from 1st October 2017. 

The closing date for the competition is 9 am on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 and short-listed candidates must be available for interview on Thursday, 20th July 2017.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.

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Timetable of appointments

Junior Research Fellows are appointed by the College Research Committee following interviews in mid-July and mid-January. One Fellow is usually appointed in sciences and one in arts and humanities on each occasion.

For July appointments advertisements will appear in April and May, with closing dates for applications between the end of April and beginning of June. Short listed candidates will be informed in mid-June to early July.

For January appointments advertisements will appear in August with closing dates in September. Shortlisted candidates will be informed in the first part of December.

Advertisements and further particulars will appear on this website when competitions are announced.

Current Junior Research Fellows

See Current Junior Research Fellows.

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