Fitzjames Research Fellowship in English, Merton College, University of Oxford, UK

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Merton College proposes to elect a Fitzjames Research Fellow in Old and Middle English for four years commencing on 1 October 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is intended as a career development post, which will provide a promising academic with opportunities to devote a substantial proportion of time to research and to develop skills in teaching and the academic administration of English and of the wider college.

To be eligible to apply for this Fitzjames Research Fellowship, candidates should:

  • Be at an early stage of an academic career, typically at postdoctoral level or equivalent
  • Be aspiring to a substantive academic appointment and have career development needs which this Fitzjames Research Fellowship would address

The post is a fixed-term College appointment for four years. It is College policy to attempt to advance the careers of academics at an early stage in their career by electing suitable candidates to Fitzjames Research Fellowships. It is an integral feature of Fitzjames Research Fellowships that they are time-limited and cannot be renewed so that this policy can be implemented for a continuous succession of academic staff.

Merton has two Tutorial Fellows in English, Professor Richard McCabe and Dr Michael Whitworth. The Merton Chairs in English Language and English Literature are associated with the College. Dr Katherine McClune is the current Fitzjames Research Fellow in English.

Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford and has a strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching (see The College has a sizeable graduate community almost 300), which currently includes 11 graduates reading for higher degrees in English. The College’s graduate accommodation is centred on Holywell Street, close to the English Faculty.

The College admits seven undergraduates reading for the three-year single honours degree in English each year, as well as two or more undergraduates each year reading English in combination with other subjects including Classics, History and Modern Languages.

Those wishing to apply for this post should send:

  • a brief curriculum vitae incorporating a publications list
  • a sample of their recent written work (e.g. an article or thesis chapter)
  • a research proposal for the four years covered by the Fitzjames Research Fellowship
  • a statement of their teaching range in relation to the needs of the College, specified in 3b) above
  • a completed application summary sheet (Appendix A)

to The Warden, Merton College, Oxford OX1 4JD, by noon on Wednesday 2 March 2011. Alternatively, applications may be sent electronically to the Sub-Warden?s Secretary (e-mail:

Any enquiries related to these Further Particulars should be directed in the first instance to the Senior Tutor, Dr Trudy Watt (Telephone: 01865 286505 or e-mail:

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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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