The Faculty of Music is happy to host postdoctoral fellows in any area of the discipline. We do not have funds to support fellows financially but host applications for national competitions. For UK/EU applicants, the main competitions are the British Academy’s Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme and the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships scheme. For non-UK applicants the principal scheme is the Newton International Fellowships. These schemes differ in terms of subjects supported (for example the British Academy scheme does not support composition whereas the Leverhulme Trust one does) and also the time that has elapsed since your doctorate. Check the scheme web pages for further details.
We solicit requests to host applications for the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust schemes at the same time, normally during the summer; an announcement will appear on our home page and on the musicology-all email discussion list. Because the schemes differ you may want to be considered for one but not the other, in which case say so in a cover email. Following an internal selection process we will tell you whether or not we are able to host your application, and if we are, we will offer feedback and advice on your project as well as handling the bureaucratic and financial sides of your application. In the case of the Leverhulme Trust scheme there is a further step, since the Trust only provides half the necessary funding: before they can apply to the Leverhulme Trust, prospective applicants need to apply to the University's Newton Trust for matching funding. We will provide details to those whose applications we have agreed to host.
Although we can formally consider requests for hosting only once a year, you may informally contact whichever member of the academic staff most nearly matches your research interests, or the Chair of the Faculty Research Committee (currently Nicholas Cook), in order to discuss possibilities or register your interest. The same applies if you are interested our hosting your application to the Newton international Fellowships scheme, for which we do not normally organise an open competition.
We will also be happy to hear from you if you are applying under one of the Cambridge colleges’ Junior Research Fellowship schemes (details may be found on individual college web sites as well as at www.jobs.ac.uk). If you are successful, please let us know: we normally have a substantial community of postdoctoral researchers (check out our postdoctoral fellows page), who meet on a regular basis. As a JRF you are also invited to participate in Faculty life in other ways, for example through making contact with relevant staff and graduate researchers, attending our colloquia, and—if you wish—registering your interest in supervision work or other teaching.
Postdoctoral positions (fellowships or research assistants) are occasionally advertised in connection with Faculty-based research projects; details will be on our current vacancy list. Finally, if you wish to come to Cambridge to carry out postdoctoral work for a shorter period than the two to three years of most funded Fellowship, you should visit our Academic Visitors page.