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Postdoctoral Opportunities in the Humanities 2016-2017

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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 autumn/winter of 2016/17.


Career Development Fellowship in Modern Global History (4-year fixed term)

Balliol College, University of Oxford

Grade 7 of the Oxford salary scale, starting at point 1, rising to point 4 (currently £31,076 to £33,943)

Balliol College is recruiting a Career Development Fellow in Modern Global History. The Fellowship is intended to provide a structured development opportunity for exceptional candidates embarking on an academic career. The Fellow will receive mentoring from the History fellows in Balliol, and will be offered a carefully tailored package of professional development.  This is a full-time, fixed-term post for the period 1 October 2017 to 30 September 2021.

The area of the post is Modern Global History, understood as the history of the non-western world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This includes the history of East and South Asia, as well as sub-Saharan Africa. We do not expect to make an appointment in Ottoman, Middle Eastern, North African, or South-East Asian History.

The Fellow will teach undergraduate students and provide administration for the College, including assessing and interviewing for the annual admissions exercises. The Fellow will also engage in research, leading to peer-reviewed publications.
Candidates should normally have obtained a PhD or equivalent by 1 October 2017, and should not normally have completed a PhD or equivalent earlier than 1 October 2012 (with the exception of career breaks, e.g. for maternity / paternity leave). A high level of academic achievement, appropriate to the stage of the candidate’s career, is essential. Candidates will also have the ability to provide excellent tutorial and small-group teaching. Previous experience of teaching would be a strong advantage.

To apply for the Fellowship, please read the further particulars, and send a completed application form together with the other materials as requested in the further particulars to: The three academic referees listed on the application form should be asked to send electronic references direct to the College Office. Both applications and references should reach the College no later than 12 noon GMT on Friday 7 April 2017. Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Applicants wishing to discuss the post should contact one of the College’s History Fellows, Martin Conway, John-Paul Ghobrial, or Simon Skinner, or the Senior Tutor, Nicola Trott.

Interviews are scheduled to be held in the week commencing 8 May 2017.

Balliol College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.


Berggruen Research Fellow in Comparative Philosophy

Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Wolfson College, a postgraduate college of the University of Oxford, proposes to appoint a stipendiary Research Fellow in Comparative Philosophy.

Wolfson College is a postgraduate college of the University of Oxford, with members from over 80 nationalities. The Berggruen Institute has created a Philosophy and Culture Centre involving comparative and interdisciplinary study of philosophy and culture with a particular focus on Eastern and Western traditions.  At Wolfson it must draw on Indian Philosophy, including Hindu, Buddhist, Jaina, or Muslim Philosophy.  It provides Fellowships, one already at Wolfson, intended to facilitate insights to inform and influence dialogue on matters of contemporary importance by drawing on Eastern and Western philosophical traditions.  The College’s first Berggruen Research Fellow joined us in October 2016 and we now propose to appoint a second Research Fellow.

The Berggruen Research Fellow at Wolfson must be an innovative thinker engaged in work in Wolfson across cultures and disciplines. They should be working in one of the areas designated in the Berggruen Institute’s description of its Fellowship Theme.

Current Research Theme: Great Transformations

Please see the Further Particulars for details of the Great Transformations theme.  In brief summary, for 2017-18, projects are sought especially on:

  1. The ways artificial intelligence, bioengineering and other technologies can potentially transform society and human life itself.
  2. Crises of legitimacy in politics and social institutions.
  3. Transformation of capitalism and geopolitics.
  4. Cultural innovation and attempts to resist it.

Main tasks of the post:

  • Fellows will pursue individual and collaborative projects that can advance Berggruen’s Great Transformations agenda.
  • They will have time for their personal work, but also opportunities to form collegial relations at their host institutions and with other Berggruen Fellows.
  • Fellows will be encouraged to publish work based on their own research in book or article form (or where appropriate in other media).
  • They will also be asked to write occasionally for broader readership (and/or to appear in video interviews or podcasts).
  • All Berggruen Fellows globally will come together for a conference in late 2017.

Qualifications and experience required:

  • Must be an innovative thinker.
  • Must hold a doctorate in philosophy and have sufficient postdoctoral experience for substantial research on the project.
  • Must be engaged in work across cultures and disciplines.
  • Must have the languages and the philosophy needed for their subject.

The Fellowship will be for two years, to commence on 1 October 2017.  The person elected will be based in Oxford and will carry out research and publish in the above field (and others if desired).

The annual stipend will be £33,000, plus any general percentage increase in salaries that may come into effect. These Fellowships carry Common Table rights (currently up to £43 a week for own meals in Hall). Fellows are entitled to apply for College accommodation at the College rates.

The full job description and selection criteria should be consulted before submitting an application.

To apply for this post and to download the further details and application instructions, please click on the link:

Applications and references must reach the College by 4pm on 18 April 2017.  Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9 May 2017. Interviews may be held by video or telephone.

Enquiries should be addressed to: The President’s PA, Wolfson College, Oxford OX2 6UD, UK, Tel: (01865) 274102 email:  website:

This is a College vacancy and the terms and conditions of the post are available at Wolfson College fellowships page: