The Phillips Research Fellowship
Dr Dejan Gajic is the current Phillips Research Fellow at King’s. Affiliated with the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Studies, his work focuses on the Einstein equations.
I started my Junior Research Fellowship in 2017 and was lucky enough to be supported by the Phillips Fund. Research fellowships form a great opportunity for early-career academics like me to develop their research skills before moving on to permanent academic positions. It’s easy for researchers to get lost in their own academic specialisation and lose track of what’s going on in other fields of academia. Often when there’s a lot of pressure to publish, young researchers don’t have the space or time to explore beyond their own specialisation. But as a research fellow at King’s, I don’t find this. Colleges offer fantastic opportunities for the development and exchange of ideas, particularly around regular lunching and frequent dining together – interdisciplinary contact isn’t the exception but the norm.
King’s has a strong tradition of post-doctoral research funding; the College has around 120 Fellows, including around 15 research Fellows at any one time. Research Fellowships are usually for four years, and give the holders an opportunity to establish their career before moving on to become academics, teachers and independent researchers.
My area of research is in general relativity and partial differential equations. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to have the opportunity not only to study at Cambridge, and in the unique environment of the Maths Department, but to have benefited from the funding which supports the Phillips JRF here at King’s.
Dejan Gajic was appointed thanks to the generous support of Ian (KC1966) and Anke Phillips.