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Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2017-2018

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Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) are one of the central elements of humanities research in the collegiate university of Oxford, and have long provided invaluable opportunities for early career academics to undertake a post-doctoral research project. Below is a list of the Colleges offering Fellowships, with links to the details and application procedures for each post.

These posts are primarily research posts. Some carry limited teaching duties, but they provide an exciting opportunity to concentrate on your research while developing your scholarly career beyond your doctoral study. JRFs are prestigious posts, and many holders of such Fellowships have gone on to successful careers at top universities.

You must be at an early stage of your academic career, and be ready to embark on an independent research project. A competitive remuneration package and associated benefits are available for each Fellowship. Candidates are normally expected to have submitted their doctoral thesis before taking up the post, but at the moment of application can be doctoral students.

Application details: Please check the eligibility requirements of each Fellowship before making your application. Details about how to apply are available on the college websites through the links below. Applicants requiring visas will need to meet the relevant UKVI rules. The Colleges of the University of Oxford are equal-opportunities employers. Applications are particularly welcome from minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

Postdoctoral opportunities will be updated when details become available, with new posts added when they are advertised by colleges. Please keep checking this page for updates throughout the 2017/18 academic year.

Fellowship by Examination (JRF) 2018, Magdalen College

The College proposes to elect up to four Fellows by Examination (elsewhere known as Junior Research Fellows (JRF)).  The successful candidates will already have demonstrated outstanding promise in their research.

Each Fellowship is tenable for three years at a stipend currently starting at £22,091 per annum, subject to an annual cost of living award, and partnered accommodation in College free of charge or, alternatively, a taxable housing allowance currently set at £15,000 per annum.  During the first two years of appointment, the Fellow is a member of the Governing Body of the College, and for all three years of appointment is entitled to: free lunches and dinners in College and a research allowance.  Fellows by Examination are expected to live in the Oxford area, and their research base must be in Oxford.

Candidates should have an Honours degree or an equivalent qualification and have completed, or be near to completing a doctorate or other post-graduate research.  Applications are invited from those who expect to have submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination by 1 October 2018, or those with a doctorate who submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination on or after 12 October 2016.  Those who formally submitted their doctoral thesis for viva voce examination before 12 October 2016 are not eligible unless they have since had a career break (e.g. a period of parental leave, family commitments, or illness) or there are other exceptional circumstances.  No applicant who has been appointed to a permanent academic post in an institution of higher education at any time in their career will be eligible.

Main duties and responsibilities: Independent research in an academic subject.

Skills and experience required: Research experience in an academic subject.

Applications should be made electronically at  The closing date is UK time 12 noon on Thursday 12 October 2017, and applications must be completed on or before that time.

The Fellow may, with the leave of the Governing Body, engage in teaching up to a maximum of 20 hours weekly and, if teaching, would normally be expected to give priority to the College’s own teaching needs.

Candidates wishing to apply for the post of Fellow by Examination should apply online by clicking here.

Visiting Fellowships 2018-19, Magdalen College

The College proposes to elect a Visiting Fellow or Fellows for the academic year 2018-2019.  In addition, a Robert S Campbell Visiting Fellow may be elected for research in law, especially commercial or competition law.

A Visiting Fellowship is intended to offer an established scholar, either from abroad or from elsewhere in the United Kingdom, an opportunity to pursue his or her own study and research as a member of the College.

Further details and the application form can be found below.

The closing date is Friday 8 December 2017.


Further Particulars

Application Form (PDF version)

Recruitment Monitoring Form (PDF version)