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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.

Fixed Term Turpin Junior Research Fellowship in Humanities

Closing date: 21 July, 2017

Salary £21,534 per annum (subject to inflationary increases)

Oriel College seeks applications for the Turpin Junior Research Fellowship in Humanities for a fixed term of 3 years from 1st September 2017 to 31st August 2020. It is intended that the Fellowship will be held in conjunction with a junior appointment or a grant for research in one of the departments of Oxford University. The posts will be held concurrently. It is anticipated that applicants will be at an early stage of their academic career.

The Fellow will pursue post-doctoral level study in one of the following areas of Humanities:  Ancient History, Classics, English, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy (including Ancient), and Theology.  The Fellow may be asked to play a part in the undergraduate admissions process (weeks 9 and 10 of the Michaelmas Term).  Admissions training will be provided.

The stipend will be £21,534 per annum, subject to inflationary increases.  Contributory membership of USS (the Universities Superannuation Scheme) is also offered. The Fellow will receive a housing allowance of £8,088 per annum or single accommodation in College free of charge, subject to availability.  The post-holder will also have access to an entertainment allowance and a research allocation of £1,119 per annum. The Fellow will be entitled to free lunch and dinner in the Senior Common Room.

The Fellow may be invited to do a limited amount of teaching for the College, in which case payment will be made at the hourly standard tuition rates as set by the Senior Tutors’ Committee.


Applicants should submit their application via email attachment to the Appointment Committee via the email address: by no later than 12.00pm, 21st July 2017.

Each application should include: a piece of published or unpublished work of no more than 8,000 words; a proposed outline of research; a CV giving a brief summary of the applicant’s career with details of their education and teaching experience; a covering letter; and names and contact details of three referees able to comment on their teaching and research.

Candidates are asked to ensure that their referees send their references, again via email attachment to: by no later than 12.00pm, 21st July 2017.

Informal enquiries may be made to Ms Juliane Kerkhecker, Senior Tutor at:    

Click here to access the further particulars and recruitment monitoring form.