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Department of Archaeology

Research Fellowship Black Identity or Heritage (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30th September 2025 in the first instance.

Closing date: 14th June 2024

The McDonald Institute invites applications for the third annual Fellowship in archaeology (broadly defined) aimed at candidates of Black Identity or Heritage. The McDonald Institute aims to nurture excellence in the discipline of archaeology regardless of background and in pursuit of diverse knowledges, approaches and practices. We recognise that persistent structural inequalities disadvantage people from Black backgrounds and communities, including within higher education and academic research. As such, we are keen to enable underrepresented early career researchers of Black Identity or Heritage to develop their portfolio of research experience and to thrive in academia. This one-year postdoctoral Fellowship is designed to attract research excellence and we will provide the Fellows with training, mentorship and support to drive their careers forward and to generate a more diverse pipeline of future talent. In addition to salary, the Fellow will be entitled to up to £2,500 relocation costs and £5,000 training and research costs. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to apply through open competition for up to £5,000 p.a. from the D.M. McDonald Grants and Awards Fund for each of three years subsequent to the Fellowship and will be eligible for up to £2,500 expenses for one subsequent return visit to Cambridge. The successful candidate will also be eligible to take up a College Post-Doctoral Associate Position at Jesus College for the year of their appointment.

The successful applicant will take up their Fellowship on 1st October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applicants must normally have defended their PhD a maximum of 7 years prior to the closing date shown above. Applications are encouraged from all branches and fields of archaeology broadly construed, including also human evolution, heritage and museums studies, with no restrictions on methodological approach, period or geographic focus. Applicants should propose a well-focussed research project to be developed across the period of the Fellowship.

We strongly support applications from candidates of any nationality, though the successful post-holder must hold or be granted the right to live and work in the UK. We will support right to work applications. The Fellowship is open to people who self-identify as being from a Black Identity or Heritage background, including dual-heritage, understood as, Black British; Black African; Black Caribbean; African American; Black American; other Black backgrounds. We strongly encourage applicants from the United Kingdom and globally. We also strongly encourage applications from candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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