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Research Fellowship Competition
The Research Fellowship Competition for 2013 has now closed.
Research Fellowships are awarded to men or women judged to be the most able with an exceptionally strong academic record who have demonstrated outstanding capacity to conduct original and innovative doctoral research in science or the humanities. Those to whom Research Fellowships are awarded are about to complete or have just completed a Ph.D. thesis or the equivalent. The College entertains applications in all academic disciplines.
The initial review of applications is undertaken by Fellows in the candidate’s field; this will involve consideration of the CV, research work to date, proposed area of study during the Research Fellowship and of the quality of the references provided. Applications are then considered by sub-committees in the Arts and Sciences with responsibility for drawing up a shortlist of candidates whose work is sent to expert readers for further assessment. A small number of strongly recommended candidates are then invited for interview.
The Fellowships will be tenable for four years from a date to be agreed between 1 July and 1 October 2013. Research Fellows are expected to spend the tenure of their Fellowship in Cambridge, and to contribute to the life of the College. Permission may be granted for periods of research away from Cambridge.
The current stipend of a Research Fellow resident in College who has no other emoluments except College teaching is £19,415 p.a., rising by three annual increments to £21,782 p.a. Assistance with housing is given to non-resident Research Fellows. A further allowance of £1,304 is payable in respect of the first child. Reimbursement of certain research expenses totalling up to £1,000 p.a. will also be available.
Prospective candidates should be aware that the College requires the submission of the written work the candidates would wish to be read by assessors at the same time as the application; although there is some variation between disciplines, it is generally expected that the work submitted will be at least 30,000 words in length, including in some cases a complete PhD of about 80,000 words, and/or published work. The main body of written work must be submitted in English, apart from quotations.
Applications must be completed by Friday 28 September 2012. The election will be held on 18 January 2013 and candidates should ensure that they will be available for interview that day if so required. Candidates who are offered a Research Fellowship at Gonville & Caius College will be required to accept or decline the offer within 24 hours.
Full details of our application procedures for 2013 are available online here.
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