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Three-Year Research Fellowships in Social Sciences

Nuffield College intends to appoint, with effect from 1st September 2006, a number of Research Fellows (known as Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellows, or PPRFs).

Applications are invited from graduates of any country wishing to undertake research in any area of the social sciences except Economics, for which there is a separate competition. (Those wishing to undertake interdisciplinary research which includes Economics may apply for either or both competitions.) The main interests of the College are in Economics, Politics and Sociology, but these are broadly construed to include, for example, social science approaches to history, social and medical statistics, international relations, social psychology and social policy.

PPRFs' main responsibility is to engage in independent scholarly research. They have no teaching or administrative obligations but are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the College. They will be expected to organize a seminar or workshop in their subject area during the three-year term of their appointment and the College can help finance and organize these activities.

1.      Postdoctorate salary starts at 18,601 p.a. (Pre-doctorate grant of 10,219 p.a.)

2.      Research budget 2,173 p.a.

3.      Free single College accommodation or 4,550 p.a. housing allowance

4.      Free lunch and dinner in College

5.      Child support funds available

The Fellowships are intended for scholars from any country, who at the time of taking up the Fellowships will have completed, or be very close to the completion of, a doctoral thesis, or be at a comparable point in a research career. To be eligible, candidates should not, by that date, have spent more than a total of eight years in postgraduate study, teaching or research in the social sciences, and should not have previously held a research fellowship similar to that advertised. The Fellowships are equivalent to an Assistant Professorship in terms of academic standing, but they carry no teaching obligations.

The Fellowships are normally to be taken up on 1st September 2006. The appointment will be for up to 3 years.

Further particulars and the application form can be obtained from the College web page: or from the Administrative Officer, Nuffield College, Oxford OX1 1NF. Email: [log in to unmask] Applications must be received by Friday 4 November 2005.

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