News: Research Fellowship, Downing College, University of Cambridge

Closing date for applications 1st May 2013

Research Fellowship 2013
Downing College,
University of Cambridge.


The Governing Body of Downing College, Cambridge, invites applications for election to a non-stipendiary Research Fellowship starting on 1st October 2013 and continuing until 30th September 2016 when the Fellowship will terminate.  The Fellowship will be open to graduates working in any area of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Archaeology, Architecture, History of Art, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, Divinity, English, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, and Music.

When applications have been reviewed, the competition will involve assessment of selected candidates’ submitted work, which may be a published paper(s), manuscript in press or a thesis chapter(s), but must not exceed 10,000 words.  A very small number of candidates will then be invited for interview in May.  Anyone interested in applying for the Fellowship should note that the standard needed to progress to the later stages of the competition is extremely high.  Overseas candidates should also note that the College will not pay for international travel should they be shortlisted for interview.

The Fellowship is open to graduates of any university and is intended to support those at an early stage in their academic careers.  As such, it has normally been awarded to candidates within five years of completing their PhD.

The successful applicant will become a Fellow of the College and will be entitled to all the rights and privileges of a Fellow, including the use, if non-resident, of a study in College (to be assigned by the Governing Body) and a computer (supplied on request).  A Fellow who chooses to be resident in College will be assigned single accommodation in College or in a College-owned property. The charge for services to such accommodation is currently between £2,500 – £5,000 per annum, depending on the size and facilities of the accommodation.  All Fellows are entitled to seven meals a week in College, either lunch or dinner, at College expense.  Other Fellowship benefits include an academic expenses allowance of £550 per annum and a Fund administered by five senior Fellows to which application can be made for further help with academic and conference expenses.  The successful applicant is also eligible to receive the College’s benefit package, including joining the College’s health and dental schemes and, for a small membership fee, to have use of the College gym.  The new Research Fellow will be expected to undertake up to four hours of small group teaching per week and to become a member of the Governing Body of the College, participating in the governance and communal life of DowningCollege.

Details and apply online here.

It is hoped that the Governing Body of the College will make an election in July 2013.  The appointment will be conditional upon the candidate providing satisfactory evidence of eligibility to work in the UK in the capacity offered, together with proof of entry clearance/leave to remain for the duration of the tenure.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 1st May 2013.

Deadline for references is Wednesday 15th May 2013.


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