Postdoctoral Research Associateships

Trinity Hall has a research associateship scheme that offers postdoctoral researchers admission into the MCR (Middle Combination Room which is for postgraduate students). These associateships (distinct from Junior Research Fellowships in terms of both duties and privileges) are available to researchers who have a contract within the University. The scheme is intended to provide postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to take full advantage of the Cambridge collegiate system by offering associates full College and MCR membership.

Applications for membership of the College as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) are now closed. Applications will reopen in July 2023 for entry in October 2023.

The College intends to select individuals for admission to its MCR as Postdoctoral Research Associates for Michaelmas 2022. Candidates must, at the time of appointment, be of postdoctoral standing, and in the employ of the University. They may be graduates of any university. There are no conditions of age or subject attached to these positions, but candidates should normally be early in their research careers. Candidates will be selected after an interview based on their potential for contributing to the intellectual, educational and social life of the College.

Subject to government guidance regarding COVID-19, the College aims to provide the following benefits of associateship:

  • access to dining and catering facilities
  • access to the Jerwood library
  • access to sports facilities
  • access to the MCR common room, teaching rooms
  • access to societies such as choir, music and the Boat Club
  • provision of a College pigeonhole for mail

PDRAs are represented in the MCR and on the Postgraduate-Students-PDRA Committee. PDRAs are welcomed and encouraged to participate in College life including academic support sessions, involvement with undergraduate subject-specific societies, sports, McMenemy Seminars and the annual Marshall McLuhan Symposium.

A Postdoctoral Research Associateship will normally be tenable for two years, with the option of renewal, co-terminous with a postdoctoral engagement by the University or affiliated institution. Please note that this is not a Fellowship. In exchange for a fee of £200 per academic year plus an initial refundable deposit of £100, PDRAs enjoy the privileges and facilities of the College granted to postgraduate students, with certain limited exceptions.

There will be a welcome dinner for all PDRAs, as well as High Table dinners with College Fellows (three per year are free of charge).

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator, Clare Kerr, for any queries.


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