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Herchel Smith Fund


Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships - For Entry in 2021

The Managers of the Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Research Fellowships Fund invite applications for full-time Fellowships in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge from 1 October 2021 or otherwise by negotiation. Fellows are required to pursue their research on a full-time basis in Cambridge and funding is available for three years.

Contingent upon the availability of funds, up to eight Herchel Smith Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded in 2021/22.  (Four in the Biological Sciences, three in the Physical Sciences, and one in Pure Mathematics). The stipend will be on the University's Postdoctoral Research Associate scale, currently between £32,816-£40,322 per annum, with an annual research allowance of up to £15,000 (£13,000 in Pure Mathematics).

In accordance with Dr Smith's will, candidature is limited to candidates who have obtained their PhD degree, or equivalent, within the last three years at any university but normally excluding Cambridge and Harvard. Fellowships can only be offered to those with less than three years postdoctoral experience by the time the Fellowship is taken up. In addition to holding a PhD or equivalent, candidates should provide evidence of: outstanding academic excellence; a high quality and original research proposal; and evidence of their capabilities as an independent researcher.

Applications for 2021/22 are invited by the relevant department / school individually, by advertisement on the University job portal ( and must be submitted online. The specific subject application deadlines and links are enclosed below:  

  1. Biological Sciences: deadline on 31 December 2020 (
  2. Biophysics and Geophysics: Earth Sciences, Physics and DAMTP: deadline on 31 December 2020 (
  3. Chemistry: deadline on 25 November 2020 (
  4. Pure Maths and Mathematical Statistics: deadline on 31 December 2020 (

Informal enquires can be directed to Paulina at while discipline-related enquires will need to be directed to the respective department. Candidates are encouraged to contact potential research supervisors before submitting their application and successful awards will be conditional upon acceptance by the respective supervisor and/or department.