Academic Vacancies

Information about the following positions may be found below:

Position Closing Date
Master – see details below Tuesday 11 January 2022
Research Fellowships The competition for Fellowships from 1 October 2022 is now closed.

Details of the competition for Fellowships from 1 October 2023 will appear on this website in October 2022.

Master of Trinity Hall

The Fellows of Trinity Hall intend to elect a new Master and welcome expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals, possessing leadership skills, expertise, purpose and fine judgement.

Trinity Hall has a strong sense of community that is underpinned by its close-knit, approachable, and friendly nature.  The College provides an exceptional and enabling environment in which its students, staff and Fellows can prosper.  The core purpose of the College is to endeavour to thrive as ‘a place of education, religion, learning and research’.  In fulfilment of its mission, the College delivers outstanding education to its students, as well as a rich array of social and extra-curricular opportunities and excellent well-being provision; it sustains a conducive and stimulating work environment for our valued staff; and it provides a vibrant and supportive intellectual environment for its Fellows.  The College is well placed to pursue an ambitious future strategy, buoyed by its strong academic and financial position.

The next Master will advance the College’s core academic purpose and will ignite intellectual engagement within Trinity Hall.  They will play a very active part in College life, and will nurture a community founded on inclusion, mutual trust and respect.  The Master chairs Governing Body and will foster consensus while also delivering clear decision-making.  A review of College Governance will take place during their tenure.  The Master must combine the ability to inspire and energise students, staff and Fellows within the community, while also acting as an exceptional ambassador and advocate for the College externally with major donors, alumni, and key stakeholders both within and beyond the University of Cambridge.

Candidates must have a proven track record of distinction in their chosen field and experience of leadership on a comparable scale.  Strong candidates will demonstrate a deep commitment to academic life and learning.  They will be engaging, and approachable in their style.

Trinity Hall believes this role to require a full-time or near full-time commitment.  The Governing Body is, however, open to considering applications from those who wish to maintain a modest proportion of their time for other commitments.  There is an expectation that the Master shall be a very visible and active member of College life, especially during term time.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to  The closing date for applications is Tuesday 11 January 2022.

For more on the role, including the Candidate Pack, go to the application website.

Research Fellowships

For those wanting to pursue a career in academia, an important transitional step from PhD to a lectureship is the appointment of high-flying young academics to a Research Fellowship (referred to in other colleges as a Junior Research Fellowship or ‘JRF’). Trinity Hall is fortunate to have received funding for five named research fellowships, and there are usually six Research Fellows in College at any one time. Appointments to Research Fellowships are keenly contested, attracting many exceptional candidates from across the globe who take part in an open competition for just two posts awarded each year (from up to 600 applicants). A Research Fellowship is typically for a three-year term, allowing the individual essential freedom for innovative research in their area of expertise with minimal pressure from teaching. Research Fellows play an integral role in College life and on leaving Trinity Hall have usually secured an excellent posting within the academic world.

This is a joint college scheme, shared with a number of other Cambridge colleges.  The competition for Fellowships from 1 October 2022 is now closed.


(College Fellows in various subjects are appointed based on Faculty/University positions and as such are not advertised here.)

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