Research Fellowships

Newnham College is proud to offer a number of Research Fellowships for outstanding female researchers early in their careers.

Our Fellowships offer an opportunity to carry out independent research in a stimulating and supportive academic community, to meet established researchers across a range of disciplines, and to take part in the life of Newnham College.

We are currently processing applications for

  • The Sciences Research Fellowship, offered in any field of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or Psychology, post to be held from October 2020.
  • The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Fellowship, offered this year in any field of Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Divinity, History, History of Art. (Newnham research students in the whole field of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences may apply in any year), post to be held from October 2020.

These Fellowships are tenable for three years, and may be held on either a stipendiary or non-stipendiary basis, plus accommodation. An award of £10,000 will be made available to each Research Fellow during the tenure of her Fellowship to host an approved “event” or series of “events” (e.g. conference, seminar) to promote her research.

Stipends, for those without financial support from other sources, are:
i) For resident post-PhD Research Fellows: Point 41 on the University Scale, (currently £32,236 for 2018-19)
ii) For resident pre-PhD Research Fellows: Point 37 of the University Scale, (currently £28,660 for 2018-19)
The stipends are on a three point scale and rise each year to the next point on that scale.

Note that applicants who have taken time out of research for professional or family reasons will not be at a disadvantage.

For further details, see below.

Meet our current Junior Research Fellows

Eligibility

  • Our Research Fellowships are 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 at 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.

We are currently processing applications for the 2018/19 Research Fellowship. Click here for further information.

Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2020.

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:

2019/20: Architecture, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Divinity, History, History of Art.

We are currently processing applications for this Fellowship.

Click here for further information.

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.

2021/22: Business & Management, Economics, English (including Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Education, Land Economy, Law, Music.Successful candidates will enter into their Fellowships on 1 October 2022.

The Isaac Newton Trust / Newnham College Research Fellowship in Engineering

A Research Fellowship in Engineering is tenable for five years from 1 October 2019. The Fellow works within the Engineering Department and provides a limited amount of teaching for engineering undergraduates in Newnham College.

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 current appointment, starting 1st October 2019, was made by Clare College.

 

The Margaret Anstee Research Fellowship

The Margaret Anstee Research Research Fellows 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.