Emmanuel College Cambridge Fellowship in Social Anthropology and African Studies

Emmanuel College Cambridge Fellowship in Social Anthropology and African Studies

The Governing Body of Emmanuel College invites applications for three stipendiary Research Fellowships in any subject; all three Fellowships are for a three-year fixed term, and will commence on 1st October, 2022.

Eligibility requirements

  • Application for a Research Fellowship is open in any subject.
  • Applications will be accepted from any graduate of a university within or outside the United Kingdom. Eligibility is restricted to those for whom the Research Fellowship would be their first substantial, paid academic or research appointment (other than as a doctoral student). Candidates holding a fellowship or other post-doctoral stipend at the University of Cambridge awarded by a Research Council or other similar body may apply.
  • These Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers early in their careers: successful candidates are likely to be in the latter stages of their research leading to a PhD degree, or post-doctoral researchers who have been awarded their PhD degree after 1st October 2020. Candidates should note that these Fellowships are extremely competitive.
  • Please view the Eligibility Requirements for further details.
  • Statements of research are required and should be not more than 1,000 words, outlining the work candidates will submit in support of their applications and the research they propose to pursue if elected. Please note that the statement will be read by people outside as well as inside the candidate's own discipline and should therefore 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 by 5.00pm on Thursday 7th October 2021. The referees should be familiar with the work to be submitted and one should normally be your PhD or current supervisor. Please ensure you give plenty of notice to your chosen referees for submitting their references before the closing date.
  • The application must be submitted online by 5.00pm on Friday 1st October 2021.

Written Work

  • Submission of written work is not required at this stage (except in History, Philosophy and Theology: see below), but it is essential to have written work on hand, because those candidates whose applications are long short-listed for further assessment will be invited after 8th November 2021 to submit a copy of their chosen written work electronically up to 20,000 words (this does not include footnotes etc in the total count), plus zero hard copies, which should be received at Emmanuel College no later than Monday 15th November 2021. Please ensure that your contact details on your application are kept updated at that time (preferably giving your e-mail, mobile, or telephone details).
  • Candidates in History, Philosophy and Theology are required to submit up to 40,000 words of their written work by the closing date of 5.00pm on Friday 1st October 2021. Such written work is to be submitted electronically. Short-listed candidates in History, Philosophy and Theology will then be asked to submit both electronically and in hard copy up to 20,000 words for assessment selected from the 40,000 words submitted at the time of application.
  • Following reports on submissions from external assessors, a final short-list of candidates will be interviewed on 14th January 2022.
  • All submitted work must be written in English.
  • In addition to submitting written work, short-listed candidates in the sciences may be asked to provide a statement from their prospective Head of Department signifying his/her willingness to accommodate the Research Fellow if elected (and thus confirming that adequate space, finance and facilities are available). This statement must accompany the written work submitted by the candidate.

Fellowship details

  • The stipend for Research Fellows is related to the national academic scale. The current stipends for pre-doctoral (resp. post-doctoral) Research Fellows is £24,137 (resp. £25,632), if the Fellow is resident in College, and £31,921 (resp. £33,475), if the Fellow is not resident in College. Pre-doctoral Research Fellows will be responsible for any University fee they incur up to the level of a UK post-graduate student; the College will contribute the difference if a higher fee is applicable. Fellows are permitted to receive additional remuneration for up to six hours College or University teaching a week.
  • Additional benefits for Research Fellows will include grants for research expenses and academic travel, a book allowance, and assistance with computing facilities. Research Fellows will be given the option to live in College (the residential accommodation offered by the College tends to be quite small and restricted and is generally suited to single occupants), and are entitled to lunch and dinner in Hall free of charge.
  • Research Fellows are normally required to reside in Cambridge during Full Term. However, subject always to the permission of the Governing Body, Research Fellows may work away from Cambridge for up to three Terms during the last two years of their Fellowship, either by retaining their Fellowship on full stipend, or by intermitting their Fellowship without stipend and thereby postponing its finishing date.

Application timetable

  • The application process begins on Monday 23rd August 2021.
  • The application must be submitted through the website by 5.00pm on Friday 1st October 2021. Incomplete applications will not be accepted after this date.
  • Two references must be submitted through the website by 5.00pm on Thursday 7th October 2021.
  • Candidates will be long-listed by 8th November 2021.
  • Following reports on submissions from external assessors, a final shortlist of candidates will be interviewed on 14th January 2022.
  • It is hoped that elections will be made no later than 24th January 2022.
Application date
3 years
Humanities : Anthropology & Ethnology
Social sciences