Clare College Cambridge Junior Research Fellowships


To apply for a Junior Research Fellowship, please go to the Competition Portal Note: If you encounter problems, you may need to open the link in a new browser window.


  • Applications for the Junior Research Fellowship competition are invited from candidates in the following humanities and social science disciplines: archaeology; economics; education; history; law; politics and international relations; sociology and social anthropology. 
  • The successful candidates will be selected by Clare College on the basis of their excellent record of research in their chosen subject and the potential to pursue that research at the highest level.
  • It is expected that candidates will be either graduate students, in the latter stages of their research leading to a PhD, or equivalent, or post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhD, or equivalent, within the last year.
  • Candidates are expected to have completed less than five years' full-time, post-graduate research, or part-time equivalent, by 1 October 2023.
  • Statements of research are required. They should be no more than 1,000 words, outlining the written work you would submit in support of your application and your proposed research, if elected. The statement may be read by people outside your discipline and should be intelligible to scholars in other fields of learning.
  • Candidates must provide details for two referees who have agreed to submit a reference through the website. At least one of the referees should be familiar with your proposed writings to be submitted. One referee should normally be your supervisor.
  • Applications, including both references, must be submitted online by 13:00 (local time) on Monday 21 November 2022.

If you wish to withdraw from the competition, please update your application or inform the JRF Administrator


  • Stipends are payable on the University's salary scale, starting at spine point 39 (currently £32,348). The stipend will increase by one spine point each year.
  • The College offers additional benefits including ten free meals per week, the reimbursement of some research expenses and membership of the University Superannuation Scheme.
  • The fellowship is tenable for three years.
  • The stipend of Research Fellows who are in receipt of financial support from other sources will be by arrangement. They will not be permitted to undertake other paid work or to hold other offices and awards, except by permission of the College Council.
  • Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body and are expected to participate in the governance and social life of the College. They may undertake a small amount of undergraduate teaching during term.
  • Research Fellows will carry out full-time research for 37.5 hours a week.


  • The application process begins on Wednesday 5 October 2022.
  • The application and two references must be submitted through the website by 13:00 (local time) on Monday 21 November 2022. Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Candidates will be notified if they have been shortlisted or not by Monday 16 January 2023.
  • Shortlisted candidates will need to submit a copy of their chosen written work electronically by 13:00 local time on Friday 20 January 2023.
  • A final decision will be made by Friday 31 March 2023.
  • The successful candidates will enter into their Fellowship on 1 October 2023.
Application date
3 years
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology, Archaeology, Classical Studies, History
Social sciences : Law, Economy, International Relations, Political science, Pedagogic & Education Research, Sociology