Clare Hall Research Fellowships in the Arts and Social Sciences

The College proposes to elect for a period of three years, tenable from 1 October 2019:

  • one or more Stipendiary Research Fellows in the Arts and Social Sciences
  • one or more Non-stipendiary Research Fellows in the Arts and Social Sciences

Non-stipendiary Research Fellows will receive a meals allowance and may apply to rent college accommodation on a paying basis, subject to availability.  They will be expected to demonstrate that they have adequate financial support.

The awards will be made to researchers engaged in research in any field in the Arts and Social Sciences.  

Research Fellowships are primarily intended to provide opportunities for scholars at an early stage of their academic careers to establish and pursue their research in a supportive academic environment.  During their tenure, Research Fellows have no college teaching duties other than to pursue their research. They are however members of the College Governing Body and may serve on other College committees.  Successful candidates are expected to be graduate students who have recently completed or who are about to complete their PhD.     There is no restriction on age, sex or previous standing, except that candidates may not already have held a Research Fellowship at a college of either the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge, and some preference may be given to candidates who are at a fairly early stage of their research career.

Research Fellows are required to live in Cambridge during Full Term, but leave may be granted to work away if necessary.  Small grants for research expenses may be made available on application to the Senior Tutor.


Applications will be examined by experts in the fields concerned and by the Fellowship Committee. The final choice, however, will be made by the Governing Body, and the research proposal should, therefore, be written to convey to the non-specialist something of the interest and importance of the topic.  Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit written work for consideration, and the final round of candidates will be called for interview.

The College will NOT solicit references. It is, therefore, applicants’ responsibility to insert the email address of referees on the online Fellowship Application System, CASC, in good time, allowing adequate time for their response before the deadline of 14 February 2019.  CASC sends an automatic email to referees only when an application is complete and submitted.  If applicants complete their applications at the last minute, their referees will not have time to write letters.  The College is unable to pay expenses incurred in attending interviews.