Junior Research Fellowships

Each year, the college holds competitions for Junior Research Fellowships, both Stipendiary and non-Stipendiary. 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.

Usually, 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. Shortlisted 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.

Applications are welcome from graduates of any university. Advertisements and further particulars will appear below when competitions are announced.
 

Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship 2020-2024

King's College wishes to appoint, with effect from 1st October 2020, one Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow in any area of the Physical Sciences, Mathematics or Engineering.

The main function of our Non-Stipendiary Fellowship 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.  Applicants must therefore have external funding support for their salary for at least two years from 1st October 2020. 

The closing date for application is 12 noon BMT Friday 24th April 2020.

Further Particulars

King's College wishes to appoint, with effect from 1st October 2020, one Non-Stipendiary Junior Research Fellow.  Applications are welcome in any area of physical sciences, mathematics or engineering.  Graduates of any university are eligible.  This includes, but is not restricted to, research appointments from the Royal Society, the British Academy, the various Research Councils of the United Kingdom, the Wellcome Trust and the Leverhulme Trust.

Candidates must have external funding support for their salary for at least two years from 1st October 2020. 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, subsidised accommodation in College, or a living-out allowance of £4,000 made on application for those 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 £1,500 per year).  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 12 noon BMT Friday, 24th April 2020.  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 Wednesday, 15th July 2020.  Please ensure that you will be available for interview, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews.

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/kns.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 the JRF competition administrator, Mrs Sally Thorp sally.thorp@kings.cam.ac.uk.

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 traveling 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 the JRF competition administrator, Mrs Sally Thorp sally.thorp@kings.cam.ac.uk.

 

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.

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A full list of all of the current Junior Research Fellows at King's and their University contact details.
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