The Smuts Management Committee invites applications for a non-renewable Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies, tenable for 9 months from 1st October 2016.
The successful applicant will be expected to pursue research in the field of Commonwealth Studies, including Commonwealth-related aspects of archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, human geography, law, literature, oriental studies, sociology, politics and social psychology. The Fellowship holder is expected to live in Cambridge for the majority of their tenure and accommodation is normally offered
by Wolfson College. The successful candidate will also be affiliated with a particular, relevant department within the University. The Fellow is expected primarily to advance Commonwealth Studies in Cambridge mainly by pursuing research and to take part in seminars and analogous activities within the University. The Fellow will have access, by agreement, to the holdings of Faculty and Departmental libraries, to the libraries of the Centres of African Studies and South Asian Studies and to the University Library, which houses the extensive collection of materials relating to the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth formerly housed in the Royal Commonwealth Society Library in London
Candidates should be members of staff of a University, or similar institution, outside of the UK. The person appointed will be expected to have obtained a Ph.D. (or equivalent) degree or be working at post-doctoral level. The Managers will give preference to scholars with an established or emerging international reputation and an active research interest in an area or areas of scholarship falling within the remit of the Smuts Fund. The Managers expect that the person appointed would be intending to come to Cambridge to work on a project that builds on existing research for which a period of residence in Cambridge is demonstrably appropriate, although they would not rule out the initiation of a new piece of work where there is a realistic expectation that it could be completed by the end of the 9 month tenure of the Fellowship.
Please ensure that your project proposal includes the following:
- The name of the Commonwealth country/countries that your proposal relates to(for eligible countries see: http://www.smutsfund.cam.ac.uk/countries.html )
- The area of Commonwealth Studies supported by the Smuts Fund within which your topic falls
- The field/s of research your topic falls under – whether archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, human geography, law, literature, oriental studies, sociology, or politics and social psychology
- Why residence in Cambridge is particularly appropriate for your topic. You might mention relevant library resources, or particular academic staff who you would hope to consult
- The aims and range of work you would hope to complete in the 9 months in Cambridge. The Managers expect that many applicants will be continuing or completing research they have already begun. If you intend to undertake a new area of research, please explain how much of the topic you would be able to cover and how you would complete the work once in your home country
- How long you wish to stay in Cambridge to undertake your project. The maximum tenure available is 9 months
- The likely outcomes of your work in Cambridge, for instance the completion of a manuscript, submission of articles, a data set etc.
Guidance to Referees
You have been asked by the applicant to write a confidential reference to the Managers of the Smuts Memorial Fund for a Smuts Visiting Fellowship in 2016-17. The Managers wish to thank you in advance for your assistance which is crucial in maintaining the standard of the competition. The Managers would be particularly grateful if you were good enough to include in your reference your advice on the areas given below:
- the quality of the applicant’s work to date
- the applicant’s suitability for the proposed area of research
- the extent to which the project proposal prepared by the applicant would benefit from residence in Cambridge as opposed to any other location
- the importance of the proposed research
- the extent to which the applicant will be able to meet their aims in the period available to them in Cambridge
Please submit your reply on letter-headed notepaper with a signature. Any references received that are not on letter headed notepaper cannot be considered.
Please return by 20th November, 2015 to the Administrator of the Smuts Memorial Fund, University of Cambridge, 17, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RX, UK.
An e -mailed reference can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, which will suffice in the first instance, but should be followed up by a signed letter.