Non-stipendiary Research Fellowships 2024 (Closes 26-11-2023 )

Darwin College invites applications for election to several non-stipendiary Research Fellowships starting from 1 October 2024.
The candidate who heads the list will be designated the Charles and Katharine Darwin Research Fellow.

The Fellowship is open to candidates from any university, irrespective of age.
The Fellowships are intended for outstanding researchers who are completing, or who have recently completed, their PhD degree, or an equivalently recognised qualification. No more than three years of research should have been undertaken since the candidate’s PhD was conferred. Any career breaks or part-time working will be taken into account.

Research Fellows are expected to pursue full-time research based in Cambridge.
Each Research Fellow will be a member of the Governing Body of Darwin College and will be subject to the Statutes and Ordinances of the College.  The Statutes include the obligation to reside in or near Cambridge, for at least two-thirds of each University term, but the Governing Body will normally excuse absences made necessary by the nature of the research undertaken.

Research Fellowships are tenable for three years, with effect from 1 October 2024, and may be renewable for one further year to a maximum of four years by application to the Fellowships Committee with a case for renewal including a research proposal and an up-to-date cv.

Research Fellows are entitled under the College’s Ordinances to dine (including formal hall) free of charge at the normal College table whenever meals are served (up to a limit of seven meals in each week).  Guests, not normally exceeding two in number on any one occasion, may be entertained at lunch or dinner, ten of them free of charge within any quarter (note termly guest nights with a special menu are subject to charge).
Research Fellows may claim an annual research allowance towards receipted research expenses of £300, increasing to £600 for the Charles and Katharine Darwin Research Fellow.
It may be possible to offer rented accommodation for up to two years, subject to availability, for which a charge will be made.

Applications should be submitted at
by 26 November 2023 and must include:
a curriculum vitae;
an account, in not more than 500 words, of the proposed research and the background to it;
a summary, in not more than 500 words, of your PhD thesis, for a non-specialist audience;
reasons for applying to Darwin College (not more than 500 words);
(e) an assurance that, where necessary, appropriate research arrangements (for example with a laboratory) have been made;
(f) a statement about how candidates propose to fund themselves during their tenure of the Research Fellowship; and
(g) the names and emails of two referees who will also need to submit a reference online by 30 November 2023.
Candidates may be called for interview at Darwin College on Thursday 11 January 2024.

Enquiries should be made to Janet Gibson on

The College follows an equal opportunities policy –

The College particularly encourages women and candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to apply for these Fellowships

Any appointment will be subject to UK Visa and Immigration regulations


Deanery Administrator

Darwin College is seeking to appoint a Deanery (Tutorial) Administrator to work as part of a team with the Dean, his Deputies and the Postgraduate Tutors in providing an optimally efficient graduate-tutorial system.  To liaise on their behalf, when necessary, with college members, other staff, the student body, the University, and other external organisations

Darwin College is a postgraduate College in the University of Cambridge, founded in 1964.  Our College is friendly, interdisciplinary, and brings together scholars from all over the world.

The job description and further information can be found below.

To apply please submit a CV and a covering letter outlining your interest in the role and how you meet the requirements. Please email all applications to

Salary: circa £26,000

Full time 35 hours per week or Part-time minimum of 25 hours worked over five days a week.

Closing Date: Friday 8 December 2023

Interview Date: Monday 18 December 2023