Applications are closed

Generously funded by a donor, the Crausaz Wordsworth Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Philosophy enables scholars who are developing interests in philosophical study from an interdisciplinary perspective to spend additional time exploring these. Cambridge University Teaching Officers and College Teaching Officers may apply via the scheme for an additional term of research leave. Crausaz Wordsworth Fellows join the CRASSH community for that term, which provides them with a stimulating, interdisciplinary environment in which to advance their work.

One Fellow is normally appointed each year, and the Fellowship may be held in either Michaelmas Term or Lent Term. Applications are now invited for two cohorts: a) MT 2024 or LT 2025, and b) MT 2025 or LT 2026. From next year onwards, applications for a Fellowship will be received at least 20 months in advance. Thus, January 2025 will be the deadline for applications for a Fellowship to be taken up in MT 2026 or LT 2027.


The scheme is open to Cambridge University Teaching Officers and College Teaching Officers in any field, with the exception of members of the Faculty of Philosophy. Preference will be given to mid-career applicants (between five and twenty-five years since their first post-PhD appointment).


The Fellowship has a value of £2500, which can be used by the Department/Faculty/College concerned either to pay for the replacement of the Fellow’s teaching for one term or, as appropriate, to alleviate their teaching load over a longer period during the year of appointment.

This amount will be transferred to the Fellow’s Faculty or College to enable replacement teaching to be bought in. It may also be used to cover the cost of administrative tasks or examining. If the Fellow’s teaching is split between a Faculty and a College, it will be the responsibility of the Faculty to negotiate the amount passed on to the college (up to a maximum of half the total). A Head of Institution may contact the Director of CRASSH in advance of the application deadline to discuss the amount set for teaching buyout if special circumstances pertain.

Terms and Conditions

You must obtain permission from your Faculty and/or College before applying, and agree on a suitable term in which to take up your Fellowship, if your application is successful. It is the responsibility of your Faculty and/or College to make appropriate arrangements to cover your teaching, examining, and administrative duties during your Fellowship.

UTOs must apply for leave and the term will not be reckoned as a term of service for the purposes of calculating sabbatical leave due.

This is a residential fellowship and successful applicants are expected to spend their period of research leave in Cambridge.

CRASSH holds a weekly interdisciplinary seminar at which Crausaz Wordsworth Fellows are able to interact with Visiting Fellows and other researchers based at CRASSH. Crausaz Wordsworth Fellows are expected to participate in these seminars each week and to lead one during their time at CRASSH. Fellows are also very welcome to take part in other events hosted by CRASSH if they choose to do so. Fellows will also be encouraged to engage in seminars at the Faculty of Philosophy and to draw benefit from discussion with colleagues there.


Applications are closed

The following documents will be required:

  • a CV, including a list of publications
  • a statement of support from the relevant Head of Faculty or College. This should confirm that they support the application and its timing
  • a research proposal of 800-1

Applicants should also request a referee to submit a letter of recommendation to the application system by the same deadline. They should therefore initiate an application and register the details of a referee at least two weeks before 15 January, as referees will be sent an automated prompt to upload a confidential reference to the system.


Members of the Selection Committee will be drawn from a range of disciplines and subjects across the arts, humanities, and social sciences at Cambridge, including at least one representative from the Faculty of Philosophy. Applicants will be evaluated on their academic record, the reference submitted, and their research proposal.

Please email fellowships@crassh.cam.ac.uk if you have any enquiries about the scheme or the application process.


Current fellow

Philip Knox (Faculty of English and King’s College, University of Cambridge)


Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk