Mellon Research Fellow in American History
University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Applications are invited for the Mellon Research Fellow post in American History, based in central Cambridge. The position is tenable for three years, starting on 1 October 2021. This is a post-doctoral Fellowship and it is expected that candidates will either have completed, or be about to complete, a PhD dissertation. Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£26,715 - £30,942 per annum). Upon award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£32,816 - £40,322 per annum).

Candidates for this post will be expected to demonstrate that they have undertaken research that is original and innovative and that will, when published, make a substantial contribution to American history. They will also be expected to demonstrate an interest in contributing to the promotion of American history at Cambridge. The post is open to applicants working in any part of the American history field.

The post is designed to enable a scholar to make significant progress in turning his/her PhD dissertation into a book, and to conceptualise a second research project. The Mellon Research Fellow will be asked to write an annual report on research undertaken. He or she will be expected to become a regular participant in and contributor to the Cambridge American History Seminar and to make a presentation to the seminar at some point during his/her tenure. The postholder will also be expected to convene the American History Workshop, a weekly seminar in which PhD students present dissertation chapters and advance their professional development. Some teaching duties may be included at both the MPhil and undergraduate level.

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Applications should include a statement of proposed research, a curriculum vitae and a sample of written work of approximately 10,000 words (such as a journal article or section of a book or dissertation) as well as details of two referees who have knowledge of the candidate's work. Unless otherwise indicated referees will be contacted on receipt of application and asked to submit their reports by the closing date.

Further details and information about the application process for this post may be made to the Faculty's HR Administrator, Ms Joanne Pearson (e-mail:, telephone: 01223 335350).

Informal enquiries regarding the position may also be made to Professor Gary Gerstle at

The Appointments Committee will interview shortlisted candidates via zoom and hopes to make the appointment by mid-June 2021.

Please quote reference JJ26215 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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