Research Fellowships

Applications are invited for Research Fellowships intended for outstanding female researchers early in their careers. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.

We normally elect two women to Junior Research Fellowships each year, one in the in the Sciences (including Mathematics, Engineering and Psychology) and one in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

For further details see below.

Current Junior Research Fellows

Eligibility

  • Applications are invited for Research Fellowships intended for outstanding female researchers early in their careers. The Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic environment.
  • Applications will be accepted from any female graduate of a university within or outside the United Kingdom. All candidates should note that these Research Fellowships are extremely competitive.
  • Successful candidates are expected to be either graduate students, probably in the latter stages of their research leading to a PhD Degree, or post-doctoral researchers in their first appointment.
  • Both selection panels use the concept of “research age” in judging how long a candidate has been active in research, so that time out of research for professional or family reasons will not be a disadvantage.
  • Fellowships at Newnham are restricted to women. These appointments comply with legislation on sex discrimination, relying on the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 22, and Article 3 of the College Charter.

Fellowship details

  • Research Fellows are appointed for a period of three years, although many leave sooner if they are successful in gaining faculty appointments in Cambridge or elsewhere.
  • During their tenure JRFs have no other duties other than to pursue their research, but they may, if they wish, participate in College teaching. They are members of the College Governing Body, and may serve on other College committees.
  • The Fellowships carry a competitive stipend, plus accommodation in a college set or flat. An additional allowance is paid if the holder chooses to live in non-College accommodation.
  • Fellowships may also be awarded on a non-stipendiary basis to women who hold another post-doctoral appointment in the University or in a recognised University Partner Institution (UPI).
  • Funds are available to support research costs, such as conference travel. All Research Fellows are also entitled to a one-off sum of up to £10K towards the cost of running an approved Newnham-based research event, such as a conference, workshop or seminar series.

The Sciences Research Fellowship

The Sciences Research Fellowship is offered in any field of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or Psychology.

Applications for the 2018/19 Research Fellowship are currently being accepted. Click here for further information and details of how to apply.

The closing date for applications is midnight GMT on Friday 19 October 2018.

Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2019.

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship

The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship subjects are offered on a three-year rotation, with the subjects as listed below. Newnham research students in the whole field of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may apply in any year, regardless of the rotational listing:

2018/19: Business & Management, Economics, English (including Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Education, Land Economy, Law, Music.
Applications are currently being accepted for this Fellowship. Click here for further information and details of how to apply. The closing date for applications is midnight GMT on Friday 26 October 2018. Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2019.

2019/20: History, Architecture, History of Art, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Divinity
Applications will open in late summer 2019.
Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2020.

2020/21: Archaeology & Anthropology, Classics, Geography, History and Philosophy of Science, Human Social and Political Sciences (HSPS), Modern and Medieval Lnguages (including Theoretical and Applied Linguistics), Politics and International Studies, Social Sciences, Philosophy.
Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2021.

The Newby Trust Research Fellowship

The Newby Trust Research Fellowship is a stipendiary fellowship, for the following subjects only: Archaeology, Classics, the Creative and Performing Arts, English Language, English Literature, History (ancient, medieval and modern), Modern Languages and Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Visual Arts and Media.  This Fellowship is shared with Clare College and is offered every three years, by each College in turn. The next appointment, wef 1st October 2019, will be made by Clare College, Applications will open on their website (www.clare.cam.ac.uk) in October 2018.

The Margaret Anstee Research Fellowship

The Margaret Anstee Research Research Fellows will work in the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies founded in 2018 in honour of Dame Margaret Anstee, a graduate of the College and the first woman Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.

The Margaret Anstee Centre promotes research into economic and social development and/or international relations, and complements work being carried out elsewhere in the University.

Although based primarily at Newnham, the Margaret Anstee Fellow will be encouraged to build connections with at least one Department or Centre within the University of Cambridge, such as Anthropology, Education, Modern and Medieval Languages, Geography, History, Sociology and POLIS, and/or the Centres for African Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, Governance and Human Rights, Global Human Movement, and Development Studies.

The second Margaret Anstee Research Fellow will be appointed in October 2019. Details of the post and application timetable will be available in due course.