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Postdoc Academy


There are two bursaries available to support postdocs who have experienced adverse career impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or who identify to underrepresented groups to enrol in the new Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Innovation Leadership.

For 2021-22, Researcher Development and the Postdoc Academy have made available funds for bursaries to cover the full costs of participation in the Postgraduate Certificate in Research and Innovation Leadership (£6,000 per person).

The PGCert is offered by the Institute of Continuing Education, in partnership with a number of University departments, and is targeted at postdocs and research fellows from all disciplines with the aspiration and potential to achieve leadership positions in a variety of fields including academic, commercial, public and not-for-profit organisations, as well as self-started businesses and social enterprises.

These bursaries are intended specifically to support the participation of postdocs and research fellows of the University of Cambridge, its Colleges, and Partner Institutes who:

  • have suffered a significant adverse career impact as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly those with caring responsibilities; and/or
  • identify as belonging to underrepresented and minoritised groups, including women and Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, and disabled people

We acknowledge that a PGCert cannot in itself make up for lost research time, nor redress systemic inequalities in the sector. What we hope is that, for those individuals who choose to participate, the course can provide a useful career boost, supporting you to develop your independent research identity and the ethical, person-centred leadership capabilities which we need in the 2020s, and which research funders and employers are repeatedly stressing that they want to see.

These bursaries will be awarded via a competitive application process.

Click here to download the application form and accompanying guidelines.  

The deadline for applications is noon on 14th June 2021. Please contact if you have any questions about eligibility.