Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2016-19

University of Oxford - The Colleges of the University of Oxford

(fixed-term, for usually three years)

Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) are one of the central elements of humanities research in the collegiate university of Oxford, and have long provided invaluable opportunities for early career academics to undertake a post-doctoral research project. The Colleges of the University of Oxford invite applications for JRFs in the Humanities in the following areas:

  • English
  • Modern Languages
  • Fine Art and Art History
  • History
  • Modern British History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Classics (including Ancient History)           
  • Theology         
  • Oriental Studies   

For a full list of the Colleges offering Fellowships in each subject area, and links to the details and application procedures for each post, please see

The Colleges of the University of Oxford are equal-opportunities employers. Applications are particularly welcome from minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

These posts are primarily research posts. Some carry limited teaching duties, but they provide an exciting opportunity to concentrate on your research while developing your scholarly career beyond your doctoral study. JRFs are prestigious posts, and many holders of such Fellowships have gone on to successful careers at top universities.

You must be at an early stage of your academic career, and be ready to embark on an independent research project. A competitive remuneration package and associated benefits are available for each Fellowship. Candidates are normally expected to have submitted their doctoral thesis before taking up the post, but at the moment of application can be doctoral students.

Full details about each Fellowship and information on how to apply are available via 

Please check the eligibility requirements of each Fellowship before making your application. Applicants requiring visas will need to meet the relevant UKVI rules.

Closing date: see details of individual posts

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