Research Fellowships

Each year, the college holds competitions for Research Fellowships, both Stipendiary and non-Stipendiary. These support gifted young researchers for four years; generally 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. Research Fellows have freedom to carry out their chosen research projects within the academic environment of the College and the University departments.

Usually, 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 Research Fellowship in Biological and Medical Sciences 2021

King's College wishes to appoint, with effect from 1 October 2021, one Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow.  Applications are welcome in any area of biological or medical sciences.  Graduates of any university are eligible.  This includes, but is not restricted to, research appointments from the Royal Society, the Welcome Trust the British Academy, the various Research Councils of the United Kingdom and the Leverhulme Trust.

Candidates must have external funding support for their salary for at least two years from 1 October 2021. 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.

Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body, with full privileges of Fellows. In addition to pursuing research, a 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, Research Fellows are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to undertake a small amount of University and/or College teaching.

The College offers help with accommodation. This takes one of two forms: either single, subsidised accommodation in College, or a living-out allowance of £4,000, made on application, for those fellows who live out of College. Additional payment is made for any undergraduate teaching. Further information about the College may be obtained from the College website.

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 Research Fellows are asked to give short presentations on their work. 


The closing date for the Non-Stipendiary Research Fellowship Competition is 12 noon (UK local time) Friday, 30 April 2021.  The application materials must be received before the closing date for full consideration.  Long-listed candidates will be notified  in early May and will be expected to provide, within 5 days, a writing sample of not more than 20,000 words.  Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview via Zoom on Wednesday, 21 July 2021.  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 1 October 2021 and will run until 30 September 2025.


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 1,200 words in length (excluding bibliography, references, footnotes, endnotes), 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 before the closing date.

Your referees will need to provide their references (PDF only) and the names of two readers 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 competition administrator, Mrs Sally Thorp.

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.

In early May, 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 5 days of the sending of the e-mail.

Further questions

If you have any further questions regarding any aspect of the competition, please e-mail the competition administrator, Mrs Sally Thorp.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.


A full list of all of the current Research Fellows at King's and their University contact details.
Fellows at King's carry out a huge variety of research, from investigating the origin of the Universe to uncovering the classical world.

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