On an annual basis, the Governing Body of Downing College invite applications during the Michaelmas Term for election to a Research Fellowship in a specific subject or field. Past competitions have included:
|Year||Subject or field||Felllowship and appointment|
|2019||Physical and Biological Natural Sciences, Engineering or Computer Science||Kim and Julianna Silverman|
|2019||Any area of Physical Natural Sciences||Mays-Wild|
|2018||Any area of Human Geography||Whitworth,
António Ferraz de Oliveira
|2017||No Fellowship Competition|
|2016||Any area of the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences||
Isaac Newton Trust, Edward Cavanagh
|2016||Biomedical Sciences and the Biological Sciences related to Medicine||
Everitt Butterfield, Priyanka Joshi
|2014||Biological Anthropology, Biological Sciences or Medical and Veterinary Sciences||Henslow, Harriet Groom|
|2013||Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, Architecture, History of Art, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Classics, Divinity, English, Linguistics, Modern and Medieval Languages, and Music||Sarah Kennedy|
|2012||Organic Chemistry||Isaac Newton-Mays Wild, Michael Housden|
|2011||Economics & Econometrics, History, Human Geography, Law, Politics, Psychology or Sociology||Isaac Newton-Graham Robertson, Joseph Webster|
|2010||Biological Anthropology, Biological Sciences or Medical and Veterinary Sciences||Henslow, Jimena Berni|
As soon as the competition is open to applications, an advertisement is posted on the following websites:
Please note, the 2019 Fellowship competitions are now closed for applications.
Research Fellowships are open to graduates of any university and are intended to support those at an early stage in their academic careers. As such, Fellowships have normally been awarded to candidates who are approaching the end of their doctoral research or are commencing doctoral study.
Emoluments are reviewed annually and vary depending on individual circumstances, for example whether the appointee is either a pre-PhD or post-PhD Fellow not holding paid employment and if single residential accommodation is taken up in College or not.
Research Fellows are expected to undertake up to four hours of small group teaching per week in term time (remunerated separately) and to become a member of the Governing Body of the College, participating in the governance and communal life of Downing.
The same privileges are enjoyed as official Fellows, but Research Fellowships are of a limited tenure and usually terminate on the completion of three full academic years.
To apply, candidates must submit a Curriculum Vitae and Statement of Research as part of an online application.
The names of three Referees and either a potential host lab supervisor or Head of Department are generally provided, who are contacted automatically in order to upload a reference by a specified deadline. Once applications have been reviewed by the competition panel, a number of candidates' submitted work, which may for example be a published paper, manuscript in press or a thesis chapter, are assessed.
A very small number of candidates are then invited for interview in the Lent Term. Anyone interested in applying for a Fellowship should note that the standard needed to progress to the later stages of the competition is extremely high.
Overseas candidates should also note that the College will not pay for international travel should they be shortlisted for interview.
The Governing Body of the College usually make an election during the Lent Term. Candidates must provide satisfactory evidence of eligibility to work in the UK in the capacity offered, together with proof of entry clearance/leave to remain for the duration of the tenure.
For further information regarding Research Fellowships or the application procedure please contact the Tutorial and Admissions Office.