Junior Research Fellowships

Non-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 hold or about to start a fixed term post-doctoral research position at the University in some aspect of the Biological or Medical Sciences.

The stipend of the Junior Research Fellow will not be funded King’s College, and the candidate will need to be associated with 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. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made to those not living in college.


Graduates of any university are eligible. Candidates will have completed their PhD.


The closing date for application is Wednesday 9th May.  Applications received after this date will not be considered.  Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on 19th July 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.

Further Particulars

King's College wishes to appoint, with effect from 1st October 2018, one or more Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellows.  Applications are welcome in any area of the Biological or Medical Sciences. 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 2018. 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 £1,250 per year, 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 9th May 2018.  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, 19th July 2018.


To apply use the following link 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 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 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.

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 at , 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.

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.

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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