Non-Stipendiary Research Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences 2023
The College proposes to elect up to twelve non-stipendiary Research and Junior Research Fellows in Humanities and Social Sciences, if candidates of sufficient merit present themselves, without limitation of subject, from 1 October 2023. Candidates must hold a doctorate. Candidates who have received a doctorate over five years and (other than in exceptional situations) under ten years before that date will be eligible for a Research Fellowship; most candidates, who have received a doctorate less than five years before that date, will be eligible for a Junior Research Fellowship. Candidates will be required to be engaged in research, with a full-time University of Oxford contract of employment for the duration of the Fellowship or have full-time external funding for research within a University of Oxford Department or Faculty or Wolfson College. Applications will be welcomed from candidates with caring responsibilities or a disability, who choose to work less than full-time. Candidates will also be required to spend the greater part of the academic year in Oxford, and notify the College of any changes to their circumstances, at which point the Fellowship may be reviewed.
Junior Research Fellowships are intended for those with limited research experience, who have recently completed or are shortly about to complete a doctorate. These Fellowships are not suitable for those at an early stage of their doctoral studies. No more than three years should have elapsed since receipt of a doctorate, other than candidates whose postdoctoral academic career has been interrupted by, for example, childbirth, family commitments, illness or compulsory military service. A statement giving reasons why an exception should be considered must be included with the application).
Research Fellowships are intended for those whose careers are progressing to a point where they are becoming established scholars in their field. No more than ten years should have elapsed since receipt of a doctorate, other than candidates whose postdoctoral academic career has been interrupted by, for example, childbirth, family commitments, illness or compulsory military service. A statement giving reasons why an exception should be considered must be included with the application.) Applications are encouraged from candidates holding Research Council or charity fellowships (including Royal Society University Research Fellowships, EPSRC Career Fellowships and Wellcome Trust/CRUK Career Development Fellowships). Research Fellowships are not suitable for those taking sabbatical leave from an academic post. Applications from candidates with fewer than three years of postdoctoral experience are discouraged since it is very unlikely that they will have acquired sufficient experience and seniority, and it may be more appropriate for these candidates to apply for a Junior Research Fellowship.
All Fellowships carry Common Table rights (currently up to £49.84 a week for own meals in Hall), and other benefits. Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford. Preference will be given to candidates who have not already held a Fellowship at the same level with another College.
Research and Junior Research Fellows are not ipso facto members of the Governing Body of the College, but they are eligible to sit on nearly all College committees and may be elected as representative members of the Governing Body. Research Fellows may be asked to act as a College Advisor to graduate students.
Tenure and Renewal
Junior Research Fellows will be elected for three years in the first instance, and may apply for renewal for a further three years (to a maximum of six years). Research Fellows will be elected for three years in the first instance, and may apply for renewal for a further final four years (to a maximum of seven years). Renewal, which is not automatic, is subject to approval by the Governing Body and is considered on the basis of satisfactory progress in research, evidence of adequate financial support for the further term, and, of course, good standing in the College.
The Fellowships are non-stipendiary. Candidates are asked to demonstrate their financial independence with evidence of their means of support. Where funds are applied for but not confirmed, any offer will be conditional on proof of funding being provided before the start of the Fellowship.
References will be requested after the shortlisting stage for interview candidates who should themselves contact their two referees, asking them without further request to send a confidential reference to the President’s Office before the interview date. References should be emailed (as a pdf) to the President’s Office on email@example.com
Application should include:
A completed application form and a curriculum vitae (no more than two pages).
Please email your complete application to arrive by the closing date to firstname.lastname@example.org Please send as ONE pdf file (excluding the optional Recruitment Monitoring form which should be sent separately as it does not constitute part of the application.)
Please find the forms on the Wolfson College website:
OPTIONAL – if you wish to complete and return the optional Recruitment Monitoring Form, please send as a separate pdf. It does not form part of the application.
CLOSING DATE: SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2023
INTERVIEW DATE THURSDAY 11 MAY 2023
No alternative interview date will be offered
UK Border Agency legislation on the Right to Work in the UK
Successful candidates will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their Right to Work in the UK. This is a requirement for ‘unpaid’ positions as well as paid employment.