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Recent Research Fellowships available:

Clare Hall Research Fellowship Competition in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

For Fellowships from October 2022

Clare Hall is a graduate College, founded in 1966, with about twenty each of Official Fellows and Research Fellows, fifteen 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.

The College proposes to elect one or more non-stipendary Research Fellows in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for a period of three years, tenable from 1 October 2022.

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 Arts, Humanities and Social 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, or those with some initial post-doctoral experience. 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 relatively 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 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 so as 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.

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

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 January 2022 and for references is 30 January 2022. Interviews are held on 17 March 2022 and decisions on the Fellowships to be made by 4 May 2022.

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 30th January.  The referees will be contacted automatically by the on-line Fellowship Application System, CASC once the application is submitted by the candidate. The College is unable to pay expenses incurred in attending interviews.

Enquiries: college.registrar@clarehall.cam.ac.uk


Clare Hall Research Fellowship Competition in the Sciences

For Fellowships from October 2022

Clare Hall is a graduate college, founded in 1966, with about twenty each of Official Fellows and Research Fellows, fifteen 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.

The College proposes to elect one or more non-stipendary Research Fellows in the Sciences for a period of three years, tenable from 1 October 2022.

Research Fellowships are primarily intended to provide opportunities for scholars at an early stage of their academic careers with up to five 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’s 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, or those with some initial post-doctoral experience. 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 relatively 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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 24 November 2021 and for references is 28 November 2021. Decisions are expected on the Fellowships by 28 January 2022.

The College will NOT solicit references. It is therefore applicants’ responsibility to insert the email address of referees allowing adequate time for their response before their deadline of 28 November. The referees will be contacted automatically by the online Fellowship Application System, CASC, once the application is submitted by the candidate.

Enquiries: college.registrar@clarehall.cam.ac.uk


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My time at Clare Hall was perfect. The College has not only been my home away from home for three years, but it has also been a supportive network that believed in, and supported, my work and personal discovery. For this experience I am forever grateful.
Dr Keri Wong
Betty Behrens Research Fellow