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Research Fellowships in Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

(Please note that applications open 1 September 2021)


Gonville & Caius College gives notice of its intention to elect two Research Fellows in Arts Humanities and Social Sciences in 2022.  Candidates should be graduate students or post-doctoral researchers who will be in either their final year of doctoral research, or not more advanced than one years since the first submission of their PhD. Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals of exceptionally strong academic record who have produced innovative doctoral research in any branch of the the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

The Fellowships will be tenable for four years from 1 October 2022.  Research Fellows have the full entitlement of Fellows; they 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.

A Research Fellowship at Caius is compatible with a simultaneous appointment to a salaried post-doctoral position in a Department or Faculty in Cambridge. Such a person appointed to a Research Fellowship would be entitled to all the benefits of a Research Fellow other than stipend. If the post-doctoral position lapses before the end of the four-year fellowship, the College’s usual stipend will apply for the remainder of the time.

The stipend offered is either (a) £24,274, rising by three annual increments to £26,988 if living in College accommodation for a single person, which is free, or in College couples’ or family accommodation, if available, which is subsidised, or (b) £27,245 rising by 3 annual increments to £29,960 if not living in College accommodation. Other benefits include 10 free meals per week and certain research expenses may be reimbursed.  There are also opportunities for College teaching (up to six hours per week), which attracts extra payment.

Candidates must submit with their application written work for assessors comprising at least 30,000 words. Apart from quotations, the work must be in English. If a complete PhD and/or published work is submitted, the applicant should indicate which parts are the most important; a maximum of 30,000 words will be assessed. 

Applications open on Wednesday 1 September 2021 and must be completed by Thursday 30 September 2021. Shortlisting will take place on Monday 10 January 2022. Those selected will be invited for interview on Friday 14 January 2022, so candidates should ensure that they will be available for interview on that day, if required. Offers will be made shortly after the interviews and must be accepted by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 19 January 2022 at the latest.

The College is an equal opportunities employer and actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from all sections of society. Elections to Unofficial Fellowships are made purely on the basis on intellectual and academic attainment and promise.

Full details of our application procedures for 2022 are now available online at

There are 31 colleges within the collegiate University of Cambridge. Each College is an independent institution and appoints its own staff.  

Please note that the College also intends to elect two Research Fellows in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in 2022 and the details regarding this can also be found on the College website here