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.
 

Junior Research Fellowship in the History and Culture of the Countries of the Silk Roads, 2020-2024

Through a generous donation, King’s College Cambridge is able to invite 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 history and culture of the Silk Road countries, societies, and cultures of Asia from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, past and present, as well as their relationships with China in the East and Europe in the West.

This Research Fellowship inaugurates a broader programme of studies of the countries of the Silk Roads, which will include lectures, seminars and conferences, as well as graduate scholarships and further Research Fellowships. As well as pursuing their own research project, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active role in developing the programme and in organizing academic activity concerned with the countries of the Silk Road.

This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage research into the history and culture of the countries Silk Roads by enabling the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on their own choosing. Projects may concern any aspect of the history or cultures of any of the peoples of the Silk Roads, from the Western borders of China to the Mediterranean Sea, but for this inaugural Research Fellowship, preference may be given to those studying the Silk Roads themselves, that is to studies of relationships and the movement of materials, knowledge, and technologies between China and the Mediterranean at any period in history up to the present day.

The ideal candidate for this Junior Research Fellowship will have a strong background in a relevant discipline 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 questions of the Silk Roads specifically, but candidates will be expected to show in their applications both how their future work relates to the work that they have already done. The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community.

The successful candidate will join a lively body of post-doctoral research Fellows working across a wide range of ‘grand challenge’ problems that affect societies in an interconnected world, and facilitating a flow of critical knowledge from the university into the community by bringing major community issues into the university. Our existing Arts and Humanities JRFs work on issues of Urban Studies, Gender Studies, Race, Equality, Representation, Immateriality, and Punishment and Prejudice. It is the aim of these projects to develop and consolidate crucial fields of study that are currently too narrowly restricted in their practitioners and/or their objects of analysis, and to strengthen the intellectual framework for international and global approaches to the humanities by tackling related issues that can only properly be understood when tackled globally. The Fellow in Silk Road Studies will similarly be expected to ‘think big’.

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 or accommodation in College properties. Although these are research posts, Junior Research Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to undertake a small amount of University and/or College teaching.

The stipend attached to all Junior Research Fellowships is £21,716 (pre award of doctorate), £24,129 (after award of doctorate), rising each year to a maximum of £27,949. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made on application to those not living in college accommodation. 

Eligibility

Graduates of any university are eligible. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD but must not have undertaken more than 3 years of postdoctoral work by 1st October 2020 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2017).

Dates

The closing date for application is 9 am on Tuesday 14th January 2020. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview in late April 2020. 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 2020 and will run until 30th September 2024.

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/silkroad.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 by the closing date of the competition, 9 am on Tuesday 14th January 2020. Each referee should 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 sally.thorp@kings.cam.ac.uk 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, including the names of additional readers, have been received.  An email will be sent once this has occurred.

In late January, the College will contact long-listed applicants by email to ask for samples of written work, up to 20,000 words (either published papers or chapters of a doctoral thesis). This work must be supplied within a week of the sending of the e-mail. 

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 sally.thorp@kings.cam.ac.uk to reach the competition administrator.

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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