Mellon/Newton Interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

Two 2-year posts based at CRASSH, Cambridge, UK – From 1 October 2011 – 30 September 2013

CRASSH (Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities) is delighted to announce the first year of a five-year programme of interdisciplinary postdoctoral research fellowships funded jointly by the Mellon Foundation and the Isaac Newton Trust.

Applications are invited for two 2-year interdisciplinary Post-doctoral Research Fellowships aimed at researchers working in any field of the arts, social sciences or humanities, starting in October 2011. The fellowships will enable post-doctoral fellows to consolidate their research and publication record while developing a related project or initiative at CRASSH during their two-year fellowship.

Applicants must have completed the PhD and should normally have been awarded it not more than three years prior to taking up their fellowship. Fellows would be expected to spend at least half their time on their own research while initiating or co-ordinating a project at CRASSH. Such projects might include: convening a cross-disciplinary Graduate/Faculty research group; organising workshops, colloquia, or a conference in their field; creating an interdisciplinary research network; spearheading a collaborative cross-School or inter-institutional research initiative. Research proposals should broadly relate to the Centre’s theme for 2011-13, Cultures and Politics of the Transregional. Like most post-doctoral fellows at Cambridge, they could at their discretion take on some tutorial teaching if they wished, to a maximum of 4-6 hours per week.

Fellows will report to the Director, from October 2011, Professor Simon Goldhill, and in addition will be assigned an appropriate Faculty mentor or mentors to link them to the wider research and teaching context in their field(s).

Please contact the Administrator for queries relating to the Fellowships and/or the Application Procedure.

Person Specification

Mellon/Newton Research Fellows will have a strong academic record and the potential to make a significant contribution to interdisciplinary research initiatives, new or existing, at CRASSH and the University of Cambridge.


  • A good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject area of the arts, social sciences, or humanities, the doctorate being awarded not more than three years before 1 October 2011.
  • Evidence of ability to engage in high-level research in an interdisciplinary context, with publications and participation in scholarly activity commensurate with stage of career.
  • Evidence of ability and/or aptitude for organising and participating in collaborative research initiatives/projects.
  • Native or near native competence in English.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via the online system by 1 April 2011. Visit the website for full details –

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 3 May 2011.