Research Fellowships

Research Fellowships are open to early-career academics of exceptional calibre, and offer a much sought-after opportunity to join a stimulating intellectual community and to concentrate entirely on research, without any teaching or administrative obligations.

Such career-staging posts are increasingly rare in Cambridge; they are often the easiest thing for colleges to cut when times get tough, but are absolutely crucial to attracting the very best young academics to the University. At St John's, while the Fellowship has steadily increased over time, the number of Research Fellows has remained constant since the 1970s. The creation of additional posts will ensure that we are able to give more of these researchers the freedom to form and explore new ideas and lines of enquiry.

'Along with several other Fellows and graduate students at St John's, I am part of a team that is working to understand the underlying malfunction behind more than thirty diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. We are also developing new classes of drugs to treat this malfunction and hope to begin testing in human trials within the next five years.'

Dr Samuel Cohen
Research Fellow

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