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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.



Applications for a third intake of Fellows has now closed.


Biographies of the Fellows

Previous iterations of the Borysiewicz Fellowships have taken some of the most innovative and ambitious Cambridge postdocs and developed them into future leaders who are now pursuing a range of global questions and problems.