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The Borysiewicz Interdisciplinary Fellowship has been developed to provide career enhancement to support outstanding researchers seeking to shape the future for the betterment of society.

It was created in honour of Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, who as Vice-Chancellor of the University led and shaped the development of key provisions for Cambridge’s postdoc community.


Programme overview

The programme provides a unique mixture of purposeful and outcome-driven engagement opportunities for postdocs both within and outside their area of expertise, which develops their skills as leaders and leads to a chance to pursue truly independent work on novel ideas.

It enables these researchers to focus on a range of global challenges in addition to their primary research, as well as undertaking a programme of leadership and entrepreneurship training.

As a Borysiewicz Fellow, you will:

  • develop your leadership skills as you progress towards your first independent position, acquiring the confidence to apply these skills to complex challenges across the research, innovation, and policy fields
  • collaborate with a truly interdisciplinary cohort of fellows and expert contributors across all academic disciplines, with a number of targeted places for researchers in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • apply for follow-on funding to give you a short period of independent time to kick-start a project of your own.



The programme for future cohorts is currently in development.


Where are they now?

We caught up with the first cohort of Fellows in a two-part podcast to find out what they did after completing their Fellowships in 2019.

In part one, we talked to three incredible individuals who have embarked on amazing careers outside of academia - spanning the United Nations, World Health Organisation, Amazon, and national government:

In part two, we talked to three amazing researchers who have forged successful academic careers in the UK and Brazil:


Biographies of the Fellows

The Borysiewicz Fellowships take some of the most innovative and ambitious Cambridge postdocs and develop them into future leaders who go on to pursue a range of global questions and problems.

Find out more about the current and past Fellows:

3rd Cohort

2nd Cohort

1st Cohort