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Information for prospective Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department is keen to receive applications from outstanding early career scholars who have recently completed their doctorate or are in its final stages, both from the UK and internationally. Your research area should be within the scope of the Department and you are strongly encouraged to make contact with at least one member of the permanent teaching and research staff to explore how you might link in.

All applications, internal or external, are considered by the Department’s Research Committee. This meets twice a term and is tasked with identifying research proposals that sit well within the Department and show real academic potential.

If you already have external funding for your postdoc, or are preparing an application which requires an invitation, you still need make an application to come to POLIS. You should send a copy of your CV, research proposal, two references and a statement of support from an internal sponsor in accordance with our application process for visitors. Please be aware that a bench fee will be chargeable for the duration of your stay in the Department. 

We are generally unable to directly fund postdoctoral fellows, unless a particular funded position has been announced (please, check here for paid positions at POLIS). However, the Department accepts applications for externally funded fellowships made under the following schemes:

Post-doctoral fellowship in international security studies This is jointly funded by the A.v.Humboldt Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust. Follow the link for further information.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships  have an early October deadline. Applicants must be UK or EEA nationals, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Those wishing to come to POLIS must submit a full application consisting of their CV, a research proposal and two references to POLIS by the deadline. Please note that the internal deadline has now passed the Department will be unable to consider any further applications to the 2018 call. The early date is due to the University operating an internal call procedure and therefore applications received after that date cannot be accepted.  

International Incoming Fellowships (IIF) - Marie Curie Actions   For applicants from outside the European Union. Applications are submitted in reply to a call for proposals – please let the Department know in good time if you are considering this scheme.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships  have a deadline of early March. These fellowships are jointly funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Cambridge Isaac Newton Trust. Applicants must either have been awarded a degree from a UK higher education institution or hold an academic position in the UK. Those interested in applying through the Department for this scheme must submit their CV, research proposal and two references to POLIS by the first Research Committee of the calendar year. Please note that the internal deadline has now passed the Department will be unable to consider any further applications to the 2018 call.

ESRC New Investigator Awards are considered by a Cambridge selection panel three times per year in November, March, and July. Applicants are required to complete a selection form and provide a supporting letter from the head of the host department. Successful candidates will be invited to undergo peer review by the School Research Facilitators. Please contact the Research Grant Administrator for a copy of the application form.

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Open to applicants with 12 months postdoctoral experience or less with the aim of developing essential research and professional skills. Applicants must submit their CV and a copy of the template application form by 23rd February.

Newton International Fellowships. For non-UK residents. Applications have to be submitted to the funder by mid-March. Those interested in support from the Department for this scheme must submit their CV, research proposal and two references to POLIS by 14th February.

Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences  The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) supports, promotes and conducts interdisciplinary research of the highest order. The Centre runs a wide variety of programmes and is based in the same building as the Department.

It is vital that you give the Research Grants Administrator (Dan Jones, ) good notice of your intention to apply to allow departmental support to be confirmed.

You may ask the Research Grants Administrator for further info on schemes or advice on costing your proposal, or consult with academic staff about their own applications.