The College Council wishes to make elections to two Research Fellowships, each tenable for three years and not renewable, to commence on 1 September 2022. One Fellowship is intended for researchers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and the other for researchers in Geography, Architecture, History of Art, Classics, Divinity, English, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music and Philosophy.

Research Fellowships provide opportunities for scholars at an early stage of their academic careers to establish a successful research profile. The successful candidates are expected to be either graduate students, who are expecting to submit their PhD thesis (or equivalent) no later than June 2022, or post-doctoral researchers who have completed their PhD within the last three years.

The starting stipend will be spine point 29 on the Cambridge University Pay Scale which currently equates to £23,487. There will be an increase of one spine point in each of the second and third year. If the Fellow does not hold a PhD, the stipend until the PhD is submitted will be spine point 23 which currently equates to £20,092 per year. The stipend is pensionable in the USS Pension Scheme.

Research Fellows who are keen to acquire teaching experience within the University will be supported to do so, with priority being given to undergraduate supervisions for the College, remunerated at the standard University rate. Teaching may not exceed four hours per week (up to 80 hours over the academic year).  Prior permission of the College Council is required for other paid work, and all emoluments received must be disclosed to the Council, which may reduce the stipend in the light of other income. Applications for non-stipendiary positions are welcomed from those with an alternative source of funding. 

The successful Research Fellows will be entitled to Fellows’ dining and other privileges. Single rent-free residential accommodation is usually offered which would be subject to a service charge of £92 per month. For a successful candidate not able to take advantage of the single rent-free accommodation, there is a non-pensionable annual living out allowance of £4,810. Research Fellows who do not live in College will be provided with an office. Research grants of up to £1,000 per year are available to cover research expenses, and there is an additional entertainment allowance of up to £200 per year.

The stipend, charges and allowances quoted are for 2021-22 and are reviewed annually. 

All applications, including references, must be made using the online application form on the College website The closing date is 29 October 2021 for the receipt of the online application and 1 November 2021 for two supporting references. The latter must also be submitted using the online form. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that both referees submit the form prior to the deadline. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed in the first half of January 2022.

If the successful candidate does not already have the right to work in the UK, the College may be able to sponsor them under the Skilled Worker Visa route. This will be subject to consideration of individual circumstances and details will be discussed at the offer stage.

All enquiries should be directed to the Research Fellowship Secretary and sent to the Research Fellowship Competition, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge CB2 3HU or by e-mail to