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Margaret Tyler Research Fellowship in Geography

Applications are invited for the Margaret Tyler post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Geography starting on 1 October 2022 and tenable for five years following, i.e., to September 2027.  This fellowship will be awarded in the field of human geography and has been made possible by an extremely generous gift made by Mr Colin Tyler in 2019 in memory of his wife. 

The Fellowship is open to graduates of any university and of any age, but it is intended to support a human geographer at the earliest stage of their academic career. It is not intended for anyone who has already held an independent post-doctoral position or will not usually be more than three years beyond their PhD (excluding any 1-year teaching or associate positions, or career breaks). Candidates must have submitted their PhD by 30 September 2022 (i.e., before taking up the fellowship).  Potential applicants should note that the standard needed to progress to the later stages of the competition is extremely high.

The successful candidate’s research interests should be within the areas covered by the University of Cambridge’s Department of Geography’s thematic research groups in human geography: Vital Geographies, Infrastructural Geographies and Geographies of Knowledge.  The elected Fellow will have opportunities be involved in the research activities of these groups. 

The competition involves the assessment of candidates’ submitted work and an interview.  Candidates will be asked to provide a 600-word summary of current and future research with their application.  Long-listed candidates will be invited to submit two pieces of written work, each of no more than 10,000 words, accompanied by a short note explaining how each fit into their overall research programme.  Candidates travelling overseas should note that, should they be invited to interview, the College cannot pay for international travel.  We shall, however, cover the costs of travel within the UK and offer overnight accommodation at Girton.  Overseas candidates may be interviewed online.

The emoluments of the Fellowship are reviewed annually.  The present post-doctoral scale (from 1 August 2021) is £22,254 - £24,871.  The Fellowship is pensionable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme and emoluments are paid monthly in arrears by bank transfer.  The post-holder is required to provide four hours of paid supervision teaching per week, but no more than six, during the twenty weeks of the teaching year.  The successful applicant will be expected to teach topics which cover the breadth of first-year human geography (i.e., economic, social, historical, political, and cultural geography) to small groups of students. The annual stipend for this will depend on the number of hours and currently starts at £4,187 per annum for four hours.  In some circumstances, this requirement may be reduced in the first year of Fellowship. Research Fellows may claim research expenses up to a total of £2,500 over the five years.  Accommodation, if required, is available at fellows’ rates, and are entitled to free commons (when the kitchens are open) for the duration of the fellowship.  As a research fellow, you will be a member of the College’s Governing Body.

Further information

  • The closing date for applications is 9.00 am on Monday 10 January 2022. 
  • Longlisted candidates will be invited to submit work by Friday 21 January 2022. 
  • Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on Monday 28 February 2022 or Thursday 3 March 2022.
  • Further Particulars

How to apply

Applications should be made online using the Fellowship Application System: 


Please note that the College has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

The College is an Inclusive and Equal Opportunities employer and cares for and looks after its employees, ensuring fair and equal treatment. Any necessary adjustments will be considered to the above in keeping with the requirements of the Equalities Act 2010. Applications are welcome from candidates of all backgrounds particularly from those belonging to groups that are underrepresented among Cambridge Colleges.