CRASSH ProFutura Scientia Fellowship


The competition for 2020-23 is now closed. 

The CRASSH ProFutura fellowship is a three-year research fellowship offered in collaboration with the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study (SCAS) in Uppsala and generously funded by the Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ). Each year, CRASSH is invited to recommend up to two Cambridge scholars to the main competition for ProFutura Scienta Fellowships


The fellowship is open to early career Cambridge University Teaching Officers (defined as between 3-8 years after PhD at the time of application). Eligible scholars must be supported by their head of department. There is no limitation of subject within arts, social sciences and humanities. A small committee will recommend up to two Cambridge candidates for the Pro Futura scheme on the basis of excellence alone.

During the three-year period, the researcher will spend one (1) year at SCAS and two (2) years at CRASSH. The Pro Futura Fellow should be in residence at SCAS during the first year of the Fellowship. During the year in  Sweden, SCAS also offers accommodation for an individual and family. During the period of residence at CRASSH, ProFutura fellows will become part of the intellectual community at the Centre. 

The scheme is funded by the Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and offers funding for the full payroll costs of the successful fellow for three years.  The terms of the Fellow's existing contract of employment at the University of Cambridge will apply throughout the Fellowship, including during the year of residence at SCAS.  Funding will be made available to Faculties for a three-year temporary lecturer. 

How to Apply
Applications can be made online by individual applicants and should include:

  • a CV
  • up to 2000 words statement of research indicating the project to be undertaken over the three years 
  • a letter of support from the appropriate authority in the applicant's department (Head of Department or Chair of Faculty Board), submitted via the online system.

In addition, applicants selected to go forward to the ProFutura competition will be asked to submit their thesis and three academic works.

A small committee consisting of the Head of the School of Arts and Humanities, the Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with the Director of CRASSH and Professor Ash Amin, who sits on the board of CRASSH and SCAS, will select the two candidates to go forward for the Profutura competition in mid-December. Candidates will be informed of the results of the competition in May 2019 and will take up their fellowship from autumn 2020.



Dr Angela Breitenbach (Philosophy/King's College)
The Ideal of Unity: Regulative Principles in Science and Beyond


Dr Renaud Gagné (Classics/Pembroke College)
Hyperborea: Excursions Through the Overnorth

Dr Joel Isaac (History/Christs College)
The Cold War Enlightenment


Dr Helen Anne Curry (HPS/Churchill College)
Indigenous Corn, Industrial Agriculture, and the Spectre of Extinction

Dr Hazem Kandil (Sociology/St Catharine's College)
The Military Origins of Freedom and Oppression

Dr Nicholas Zair (Classcs/Peterhouse)
Learning to Spell in the Roman Empire

Dr Sarah Nouwen (Law)
International Norms in Peace Negotiations