Carmen Blacker Research Fellowship

19 December 2016

Applications are invited for the Carmen Blacker Research Fellowship tenable at Peterhouse for three years from Easter 2017 or as soon as practicable thereafter.  The Fellowship has been made possible by the generous bequest of the distinguished Japanese scholar Carmen Blacker and the subject areas of the Fellowship reflect her own areas of academic interest:

  • the religion, philosophy, literature, and history of Japan before the year 1868 or
  • the religion, philosophy, literature, and history of China before the year 1840 or
  • Jewish studies before the year 1880.

The annual remuneration of a Research Fellow is at present £23,631 (non-resident in College) or £20,923 (resident), with an annual research allowance of up to £1,328. Stipends will be subject to deductions in consideration of emoluments from other sources. Research Fellows are expected to engage in full-time research, but may be permitted to teach for up to six hours a week and will be paid for this. All Research Fellows are allowed seven free meals a week at the Common Table. There is an entertainment allowance in kind.

The successful candidate will have an excellent academic record and the potential to continue his or her research at the highest level.

Candidates must be graduates of, or current students at, universities in the United Kingdom or within the EU.

To apply, please send the following  to

  • A full curriculum vitae, including the names and contact details of two referees, one of whom must be from an external department and both of whom should be familiar with the candidate's research work.
  • A statement of research no more than 600 words long, outlining the work candidates would submit in support of their applications and the research they propose to pursue if elected. Please note that the statement will be read by people outside as well as inside the candidate's own discipline and should therefore be intelligible to scholars in other subjects.

Closing date: 4.00pm on Monday 9 January 2017.

Long-listed candidates will be asked to submit a further substantial piece of written work by 4pm on Wednesday 25 January.  Referees' reports should be received by 4.00pm on Monday 16 January 2017. It is up to applicants to ensure that these reports are submitted by the deadline.  Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held on 22nd February.