Stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 2018–2022, King’s College Cambridge, UK


September 19, 2017

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King’s College Cambridge International Research Fellowships

King’s College Cambridge invites applications for a four-year Junior Research Fellowship from those who are completing or have recently completed a doctorate and who intend to pursue a research project on some aspect of the study of race.

Ideas of race based on ethnic descent and ethno-religious differences have long powerfully shaped human relations and human intimacies. Such classifications and naturalized hierarchies have constructed and constricted ideas about human capacities in strikingly pervasive ways. They have also centred on a whole range of theories about inherited characteristics and physical appearances that have served to institutionalise and politically enact discrimination in the shape of various forms of racisms. Equally, race as a noun has become a powerful basis for the collective resistance of communities to ethnic prejudice. Better understanding the impact of ideas and practices of race and racisms on human society and culture in the past and in the present, and the nature and reality of prejudice, is an urgent need. This post-doctoral Fellowship is intended to encourage such research by enabling the successful candidate to complete a substantial research project on some aspect of race. Projects may concern the role of race in any part of the world and in any aspect of past or present archaeology, anthropology, art, economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, psychology, politics, or sociology.

The ideal candidate for this Junior Research Fellowship will have a strong background in one or more disciplines within the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences and have completed an outstanding doctoral thesis. It is not a requirement that the candidate’s doctoral studies or the work that they submit in support of their application should have concerned issues of race, but candidates will be expected to show in their applications both how their future work relates to the work that they have already done, and that they are able to situate their proposed project in relation to current research on race. The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the whole college community and to organise academic activities in the form of seminars/workshops/conferences (for which the College will provide modest funding).

The College is simultaneously advertising another JRF in Inequality, and is conscious that there may be projects which simultaneously address both race and inequality. Any candidate who wishes to be considered in both competitions should indicate this clearly in the heading of their research project.

The Junior Research Fellows are members of the Governing Body, with full privileges of Fellows. In addition to pursuing research, a Junior Research Fellow is required to live in Cambridge or close by and to participate in College life and activity. Privileges include all meals, limited financial support for expenses associated with research, the possibility of an office and accommodation in College properties. Although these are research posts, teaching is likely to be made available if desired.

The stipend attached to all Junior Research Fellowships is £20,874 (pre award of doctorate) rising each year to a maximum of £26,864, according to age and academic qualification. Additional payment is made for teaching. A living-out allowance of £4,000 is made to those not living in college. 


Graduates of any university are eligible. Candidates will usually have completed their PhD and must not have undertaken more than 2 years of postdoctoral work by 1st October 2018 (i.e. your PhD cannot have been granted before 30th September 2016).


The closing date for application is 9 am on Tuesday, 19th September 2017. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered. Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview on either Wednesday, 17th January 2017 or Thursday, 18th January 2018. Please ensure that you will be available for interview on these dates, as it is not possible to arrange other times for interviews. The Fellowship will begin on 1st October 2018 and will run until 30th September 2022.


Before the closing date, applicants must complete all sections of the online Fellowship Application and upload onto the website (PDF only) the following:

• A curriculum vitae (of no more than three A4 sides) including details of higher education, degrees awarded, positions held and a list of publications.

• A document (of no more than 1200 words in length) containing descriptions of your current research and of the research you propose to undertake during the Fellowship.

Applicants must also arrange for three letters of recommendation to be uploaded onto the site in PDF format. Each referee will be asked to provide the names of two further readers, not in the candidate’s institution, to whom work might be sent if the candidate is long-listed. It is the duty of the candidate to ensure that the referees submit the references and the names of two readers before the closing date for references, which is one week after the closing date for applicants.

Your referees will need to provide their references through the FAS website. They will be sent an email containing a link to do this. Referees unable to submit references electronically via the FAS website may e-mail to send them directly to the competition administrator.

Please note that all application materials must be in the English language.

The application will not be considered in the competition until it has been submitted and all references and the names of additional readers have been received. An email will be sent once this has occurred.

After the closing date, the College will contact selected applicants by email to ask for samples of written work, up to 20,000 words (either published papers or chapters of a doctoral thesis).

Travel expenses

A successful candidate travelling from outside the UK to take up a Fellowship may claim travel and removal expenses up to a level agreed in advance with the Bursar of the College.

Further questions

If you have any further questions regarding any aspect of the competition, please e-mail to reach the competition administrator.

King’s College follows an equal opportunities policy.

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September 04, 2017
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