Research Fellows

Clare Hall is a graduate college, founded in 1966, with around twenty Official Fellows and Research Fellows, thirteen Professorial Fellows, forty Visiting Fellows, and two hundred Graduate Students. The President, Professorial Fellows, Official Fellows and Research Fellows comprise the Governing Body.  Members and their families are welcome participants in the social life of the College, which is informal.  There is some accommodation available on a charged rental basis for single persons, couples and families in the College. All Fellows qualify for an allowance of free meals.

Current Research Fellowships Available

Research Fellowship Competition in the Sciences 2020

The College proposes to elect one or more Non-Stipendiary Research Fellows in the Sciences for a period of three years, tenable from 1st October 2020.

Research Fellowships are primarily intended to provide opportunities for scholars at an early stage of their academic careers with up to 5 years post-doctoral research in any area of the Sciences, 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.

Non-stipendiary Research Fellows will be expected to demonstrate that they have adequate financial support from other sources.  Small grants for research expenses may be made available on application to the Bursar.  Accommodation, if available, will be on a charged rental basis, but there is an allowance of free meals.

Applications will be examined by the College Fellows in the Sciences and by the Fellowship Committee. The final choice, however, will be made by the Governing Body, and the research proposal should therefore be written so as to convey to the non-specialist something of the interest and importance of the topic.

Applications must include the following documents and must be made online using the following link.

  • Letter of application: Please provide a 1-page cover letter for your application that includes your name, your field of research, and information about your PhD (awarding institution, date of conferral, title of thesis, name and department of supervisor). Applications for a non-stipendiary fellowship should also include the source and duration of your funding.
  • CV: Please provide a 2-page CV (curriculum vitae) and a separate list of your publications. This document must be in PDF format and must follow the supplied template.
  • Personal Statement:  In one paragraph, explain your motivation for wishing to join the Clare Hall community. Also, describe your qualification, research career to date and longer-term plan. Within the statement, you may also wish to explain briefly your most important work to date to a lay audience. This document must be in PDF format.
  • Proposed Research:  Please describe in one or two pages (about 1500-2000 words) the nature of your proposed research in Cambridge, which should cover Title, Background, Hypothesis, Aims/Objectives, Methodology, Expected Outcomes and References. Successful candidates will be able to present their work to an academic audience outside your field, as demonstrated by this document. This document must be in PDF format.

The closing date for receipt of applications and references is 9 December 2019.

Decisions are expected on the Fellowships by 29 January 2020

The College will NOT solicit references. It is, therefore, applicants’ responsibility to insert the email address of referees allowing adequate time for a response before their deadline of 9 December.  The referees will be contacted automatically by the on-line Fellowship Application System (CASC).


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