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Many postdocs value a formal attachment to one of the Colleges, which gives you access to the facilities, benefits, teaching opportunities and interdisciplinary contacts that a College could offer.

Below, you’ll find a list of current unsalaried opportunities, which is updated regularly.

These opportunities provide additional benefits to postdocs who already have a research contract with the University. You can find more information about the different types of affiliations (including salaried Fellowship contracts) below the table.


Current opportunities

Non-stipendiary Position

Application Deadline


King's College

College Research Associateships

24 June 2 years

Lucy Cavendish College

Postdoctoral Research Associates

24 June 1 year

Fitzwilliam College


24 June 1 year



Types of affiliations 

Postdoctoral College affiliation opportunities are usually categorised as a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), a non-stipendiary JRF, or a Postdoctoral Research Associateship/Affiliation.


A Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is a salaried contract suitable for researchers at an early stage of their academic career. They are highly competitive with hundreds of applications received per position.

JRFs are invited to take part in all College activities, and are typically offered accommodation and dining benefits, grants for research expenses, and access to social and sports facilities. They might also get involved in teaching and research within the College.

If you are already on a research contract then a JRF would not be relevant for you. We do not advertise these opportunities on this site.

If you are interested in Junior Research Fellowships, please refer to the University’s jobs site and the Reporter.


Non-stipendiary Junior Research Fellowships are similar to JRFs, but do not include a salary. Non-stipendiary Fellowships offer postdocs the opportunity to get involved in College life via teaching, often include dining rights, subsidised accommodation and access to research bursaries.

Non-stipendiary JRFs are competitive, but less so than their salaried equivalent and are suitable for postdocs already on a current research contract.


Postdoctoral Research Associateship titles vary so these opportunities could also be called College Research Associateships, Postdoctoral Memberships or simply an ‘affiliation’.

College affiliation can be a very useful starting point for new postdocs in Cambridge, giving you access to the academic and social life of a College.

College affiliations are more numerous and less competitive than JRFs or non-stipendiary Fellowships.

Most Colleges operate an affiliation scheme - application processes vary and schemes begin and end throughout the year.