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Postdoctoral research

There are many active postdoctoral researchers in the department who play a key role in our research activities. These include both postdoctoral research associates and affiliated college research staff.

All postdoctoral researchers are members of the department’s research groups and help to coordinate a range of seminars, events and workshops.

You can find out more about the postdoctoral activities taking place in the department by following us on Twitter.

Postdoctoral members of the department are represented by the Geography Postdoc Committee. The Committee organises a number of events throughout the year focused on researcher and professional development, but they also host many informal events in order to foster a strong sense of community amongst postdoc researchers in the department.

Joining the Department as a Postdoc

The Department welcomes interest from all types of post-doctoral researchers and provides a range of facilities and support.

If you are interested in applying for post-doctoral positions on research grants here in the Department, any vacant positions are advertised on our website, in the press and often on

The Department does not have its own funding for postdoctoral research, but there are competitive fellowship funds available, from the Cambridge Colleges (Junior Research Fellowships) and various funding bodies. Within the UK support from the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Royal Society and UK Research and Innovation (ESRC, AHRC, NERC and EPSRC) are available. Interested applicants from overseas should contact their relevant funding bodies, but may be eligible for international fellowships through British Academy and Royal Society.

If you thinking of applying for a Fellowship and want to hold it here in Geography at Cambridge, then you must be associated with one of our ongoing research groups and have a local ‘host’ who is an established member of staff in the Department.

You should, in the first instance, contact relevant academic staff in the Department to find out what activity will be going on in their field during your planned period of research. When seeking advice you should send a curriculum vitae, an outline of your proposed research (not more than 1000 words), two suggested referees and the location of proposed research if it is to be undertaken away from the University.

Once you have established and agreed with the host, please contact the departments Research Administrator for further guidance and advice. All applications need to be approved by the Department Research Administrator and the University Research Operations Office (ROO) before they are submitted to the funder, in addition many fellowship calls have internal selection processes with additional deadlines ahead of the published funder deadlines, therefore contact should be established at the earliest opportunity to comply with the internal deadlines. Late notifications / applications will not be accepted.


Related links


  • For more information, both current and prospective postdocs can
  • Current members of the department can also access more information via the Geography Intranet pages (requires Raven login)