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University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies


The Centre for Gender Studies welcomes applications from outstanding early career scholars who have recently completed their doctorate or are in its final stages, both from the UK and internationally.   

Draft applications should consist of a cv and detailed research proposal (including research objectives, methods, budgets, time-frames, necessary resources etc.) In addition, applicants should state which funding scheme they are applying to and the deadline for application.

Please note that the Centre for Gender Studies does not directly fund post-doctoral fellows. The Centre accepts applications for the externally-funded fellowships listed below and applicants should also visit the POLIS webpages for the Departmental Guidelines:

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2023-24 internal call deadline has been announced. If you wish to apply through the Centre for Gender Studies the deadline for applications is Wednesday 23 August 2023. The Fellowships have an early October deadline, with departmental selection of candidates occurring in September. Applicants must be UK or EEA nationals or have completed a doctorate at a UK university, and then meet all other terms outlined on the BA's call page. 

The BA’s Outline stage of the call will be formally opening on 5th July 2023 with a deadline expected on 4th October 2023. Eligibility criteria and other details about the scheme are available on the BA website.

The scheme offers early career researchers at UK institutions a postdoctoral salary and £2,000 annual research expenses for three years. Applicants must be within 3 years of completing their PhD, but applications from late-stage PhD students are also accepted providing that their vivas will be completed by April 2024.

Those wishing to apply through the Centre must initially submit the following documents by Wednesday 23 August 2023 and send them to Dr Lauren Wilcox, Director, University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies at: The internal deadline is Monday 28 August 2023.

  • an outline application form
  • a CV with list of publications
  • an outline budget for the £6k research expenses
  • and a draft supporting statement (to be provided by your proposed mentor). The statement will be first reviewed as part of the selection process so please ensure it is formatted appropriately for the Head of Department to sign and send. 

Outcomes of this review will be announced in early September, with sponsored candidates invited to prepare their Outline applications on the British Academy’s Flexigrant portal thereafter. Flexigrant submissions must be made in line with the Research Operations Office’s standard deadlines, which will be 2 working days before the BA deadline, and you will need to have completed all sections of the form (including obtaining your referee’s response) in order to be able to submit. Successful applicants at the outline stage each year will be supported in preparing a full application to the British Academy in accordance with their deadlines.

Results of the Outline application stage will be announced in early Feb 2024 with full applications due at the end of Feb 2024.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships are jointly funded by the Leverhulme Trust and the Cambridge Isaac Newton Trust and are open to applicants who have received their PhD since 23 February 2022 and no later than the LT deadline on 22 February 2024.

Applicants must either hold a degree (any degree) from a UK higher education institution at the time of taking up the Fellowship or at the time of the application deadline must hold an academic position in the UK (e.g. fixed-term lectureship, fellowship) which commenced no less than 4 months prior to the closing date. They will fund an early-career post-doctoral salary and annual research expenses of £6,000 for three years. 50% of the salary costs must be match-funded by the host institution. Applications for 2023-24 are now open and more information on the application process can be found on the POLIS Post-Docs webpages

ESRC New Investigator Awards are considered by a Cambridge selection panel three times per year in early November, March, and July. Applicants are required to complete a selection form and provide a supporting letter from the head of the host department. The deadline for the October 2023 internal selection panel will be announced in August/September 2023.

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships. Open to applicants with 12 months postdoctoral experience or less with the aim of developing essential research and professional skills. This funding call is currently closed, with news of the 2024 round expected to be available in early November 2023. Instructions from the 2023 call can be found on the POLIS Post-Docs webpages for reference - the 2024 process and dates are likely to be similar.

Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences  The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) supports, promotes and conducts interdisciplinary research of the highest order. The Centre runs a wide variety of programmes and is based in the same building as the Centre for Gender Studies.

Please direct initial enquiries to the Centre Administrator,

Information on other relevant funding bodies can be found at the web links below: