Vacancies - OPEN

Finance Coordinator

Join our administrative team and look after CRASSH’s finances.

Deadline: midnight (GMT) on Sunday 30 October 2022

Find out more and apply

Research grants - OPEN

Research grants at CRASSH

CRASSH continues to have a rolling programme of interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects and welcomes approaches from academics who would like to base their projects in our unique research environment. Normally, we spend a good deal of time developing projects together, to fit with our interdisciplinary collaborative agenda and to increase the chance of the grant application succeeding, making use of our considerable experience. Consequently, it is advisable to make contact as early as possible with the Director, Steven Connor, no later than three months before the deadline.

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Calls for papers - OPEN

Challenges in studying right-wing populism: a global perspective

The burgeoning research on right-wing populism has given rise to new ethical dilemmas and emotional challenges for researchers, which – despite the increasing interest in populism studies – have been largely overlooked. We seek to address this timely blind spot by bringing together researchers of right-wing populism, and particularly those using qualitative and ethnographic methods, to share their experiences and explore the tensions in studying what Susan Harding has famously termed ‘repugnant others’.

Deadline: 31 October 2022


Technology can save the world

The present and impending environmental crises and resulting social crises require approaches that can grapple with the very complex nature of the problems we face. More specifically, they require researchers in scientific, technological and socially oriented disciplines to come together to explore and understand these complexities, and reflect on how socially oriented, non-technical approaches can work together with technical approaches to address the challenges we face.

We are looking for expressions of interest from research students (PhD or Masters) for making opening statements of up to 3 minutes at this event. Participation is encouraged from all disciplines across the University.

Deadline: 28th October 


The functions of criticism

 What are the assorted functions of our criticism? In the midst of concerns about the relation between the academy and the state, trust in authority, and conspiracism, questions regarding ‘use’ and ‘function’ in the humanities are ever more pressing. Since Bruno Latour archly observed that critique has ‘run out of steam’, the discussions that postcritique thinker Rita Felski has termed the ‘method wars’ have sometimes been fractious. This conference seeks to return, in a generous spirit of collaboration, to imperative questions regarding the humanities’ functions, methods, and contribution both within and beyond the academy. 

Deadline: 20 November 2022


The public cost of personal hardship: evaluating the hidden expense of cost-cutting measures on social wellbeing

Cuts to public spending have been a key feature in government budgets and political rhetoric around the world for over 40 years. They’re touted as money saving initiatives that spare future generations from repaying present debts, while enabling lower taxes in the meantime. They promise flourishing private enterprise alongside improved living conditions for households, as reductions in red tape help industry grow and create new jobs. They’re often tied to a normative outlook that seeks to get people back to work, rather than relying on government benefits, as part of a drive to cultivate independent, motivated citizens.

This conference seeks abstracts from researchers working across a range of disciplines in the social sciences, which challenge narratives of economic efficiency by examining the economic, political and social costs of funding cuts.

Deadline: 30 November 2022



Visiting Fellowships

Visiting Fellowships are designed to support the Centre’s research interests, projects, and activities. Depending on the fellowship, Fellows are usually given desk space in the Centre as well as certain practical assistance in their research. CRASSH can assist in arranging accommodation in a College and enable access to the University Library and other departmental libraries. CRASSH may also support visitors who come to Cambridge for a period of days or weeks to participate in a particular activity organised by the Centre. If you have your own funding in place you should apply to the Centre well in advance of your intended visit.

Our fellowship programme is full for 2022-23 and we are therefore not running our annual online competition this year. Information about fellowship opportunities in 2023-24 will be posted in autumn 2022.

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The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship competition will open on 1 January 2022. If you are interested in holding a fellowship at CRASSH please go to our Leverhulme Fellowship page for further information and application requirements.

NEW CIRN Intesa Sanpaolo Visiting Fellowship at Cambridge 2022

Quentin-Skinner Fellowship

The Quentin-Skinner scholar holds a Visiting Fellowship at CRASSH for one term during the academic year. They will present the Quentin-Skinner lecture and participate in the related symposium organised with the Faculty of History during the academic year of attendance. Due to the pandemic and the necessary deferrals of our 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 Fellows this competition will not run this year.

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

CRASSH is now accepting applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. The next competition is due to open on 27 July 2022.

Fellowships (University of Cambridge scholars only)

Crausaz Wordsworth Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Philosophy

The aim of this Fellowship is to enable scholars developing interests in philosophical study from an interdisciplinary perspective to spend additional time exploring these.

Cambridge Early Career Fellowships

The Early Career Fellowship Scheme, sponsored jointly by CRASSH and the Schools of Arts and Humanities (CSAH) and Humanities and Social Sciences, enables early-career academics to take a term away from teaching to start a new project, with the Centre providing an inspirational collaborative environment for new work. The competition to select Fellows for 2022-23 is now open. Go to the online application portal for information and guidance for online applications.

Research network funding

Research networks funding

The research networks programme supports groups of Cambridge graduate students and Cambridge based academics working together with a common interdisciplinary research interest. Networks are selected by competition in May to run in the next academic year (October – June). The package offers funding of up to £1,500 per academic year, plus administrative support. Activities may include seminars, reading/discussion groups and short visits by speakers to Cambridge.

Conference and events funding

Conference and events funding

CRASSH supports an annual programme of conferences and workshops which may or may not be related to the Centre’s theme and initiatives. Funding of up to £2,500, plus administrative support is available to College and University of Cambridge Faculty and graduate students. There is one deadline annually, during Lent Term, for all conferences that will take place in the following academic year (September – July).

Data Schools

Cambridge Digital Humanities social data school

The social data school engages with the life cycle of a digital research project. It covers principles of research design, data collection, cleaning and preparation, methods of analysis and visualisation and data management and preservation practices. The data school welcomes applications from all backgrounds, including journalists, NGOs, activists, trade unionists and members of civil society organisations.

Call for art

Art at the Alison Richard Building (Art at the ARB)

Art at the ARB is an exhibition space at the University of Cambridge.
We are now accepting proposals for exhibitions in 2023.

Submit a proposal


Tel: +44 1223 766886