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Stipendiary and Non-Stipendiary Research Fellowships

University of Cambridge - Sidney Sussex College Cambridge

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £19,612 to £23,067
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 18th September 2019
Closes: 24th October 2019

The College Council wishes to make elections to two Research Fellowships, each tenable for three years and not renewable, to commence on 1 September 2020. One Fellowship is intended for researchers in the Sciences (including Mathematics, Engineering and the Medical and Veterinary sciences) and the other for those working in the following fields: Geography and the subjects covered by the Faculties in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Cambridge, namely Economics; Education; History; Human, Social and Political Sciences (comprising Archaeology and Anthropology, Politics and International Relations and Sociology); Law, History and Philosophy of Science and Land Economy.  

These Fellowships are primarily intended to provide opportunities for scholars at an early stage of their academic careers to establish a successful research profile. A successful applicant is expected to be either a graduate student, expecting to submit their PhD Degree (or equivalent) no later than June 2020, or a post-doctoral researcher with fewer than three years since completing their PhD Degree.  Candidates should only apply if they have the right to work in the UK lasting for the duration of the tenure.

The starting stipend is £23,067 (at 1 August 2019 stipend level for point 29 on the University's single salary spine), with a single spine point increase each year. If the Fellow does not hold a PhD the stipend would be £19,612 per year (point 23). The stipend is pensionable in the USS Pension Scheme. The Fellow will be entitled to an office in College and to Fellows’ dining and other privileges. Single residential accommodation may be available, and would be subject to a service charge of £175 per month for 2019/20 (reviewed annually). For those choosing to live in private accommodation there is a non-pensionable annual living out allowance of £4,615 for 2019/20 (reviewed annually). Research Fellows may apply for research grants of up to £1,120 per year (rate for 2019/20) to cover research expenses, including books, and an entertainment allowance of up to £395 per year. Applications for non-stipendiary positions are welcomed from those with an alternative source of funding.

The holder of a Research Fellowship will be permitted to teach for up to four hours per week, with priority being given to teaching for the College. Additional payment will be made for this teaching at standard University supervision rates. Prior permission of the College Council is required for other paid work, and all emoluments received must be disclosed to the Council. Council may reduce the stipend in the light of other income.

All applications, including references, must be made using the online application form on the College website to be found at:

The closing date is 24 October 2019 for the receipt of the online application and 28 October 2019 for two supporting references. The latter must also be submitted using the online form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that both referees submit the form prior to the deadline. Candidates may be asked to submit written work to supplement their applications and short-listed applicants will be interviewed. It is anticipated that interviews will take place in early January 2020.

Enquiries should be directed to the Fellow Secretary to the Research Fellowship Competition, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, CB2 3HU (e-mail:

The College reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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