Visiting Research Fellowship at Clare Hall
The Smuts Memorial Fund elects one Smuts Visiting Research Fellow a year, in association with Clare Hall, to come to Cambridge to carry out research for 9 months.
Fellowship holders are expected to live in Cambridge for the bulk of their tenure and accommodation is normally offered by the College.
Fellows are expected to advance Commonwealth Studies in Cambridge mainly by pursuing research, but also by taking part in seminars and similar activities within the University. Fellows 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.
Further Information and Application Process
Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies, 2019-20, University of Cambridge
Limit of tenure: 9 months
Contribution to expenses: £40,792 p.a (pro rata) plus additional £6000 for travel and related costs.
The Smuts Management Committee invites applications for a non-renewable Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies, tenable for 9 months commencing 1st October 2019.
The successful applicant will be expected to pursue research in the field of Commonwealth Studies. 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 Fellow is expected to advance Commonwealth Studies in Cambridge principally by pursuing research, as well as by taking part in seminars and equivalent activities within the University.
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 a new piece of work that is expected to be completed by the end of the 9 month tenure of the Fellowship.
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 PhD (or equivalent) or be working at post-doctoral level with established or emerging international reuptations.
Please do not apply without consulting the Further Particulars. The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2018. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in March 2019.
How to apply
The application should consist of:
- Your curriculum vitae, including full name and title, correspondence address, occupation in the academic year 2018-19, net monthly salary (in local currency) to assist the Managers in fixing the value of your Fellowship, your email address, the titles, dates and places of any previous Fellowships or awards you have held since completing your PhD or have held before October 2018, name and address of your two references (please note that you must ask your referees to write in support of your application, the Smuts team cannot do this for you). The name of your project
- Project details, including the subject area your project encompasses and whether or not this project has already started (see the section on ‘Application Guidance’ for further details)
- Two references to be sent direct by your referees to the Smuts Administrator (see the section on ‘Guidance to Referees’ for further details).
Application Guidance Please ensure that your project proposal includes the following:
- The name of the Commonwealth country/countries that your proposal relates to
- 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.