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The Smuts Memorial Fund elects one Smuts Visiting Research Fellow a year, in association with Clare Hall, to come to Cambridge to carry out research for 9 months.

Fellowship holders are expected to live in Cambridge for the bulk of their tenure and accommodation is normally offered by the College.

Fellows are expected to advance Commonwealth Studies in Cambridge mainly by pursuing research, but also by taking part in seminars and similar activities within the University. Fellows will have access, by agreement, to the holdings of Faculty and Departmental libraries, to the libraries of the Centres of African Studies and South Asian Studies and to the University Library, which houses the extensive collection of materials relating to the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth, formerly housed in the Royal Commonwealth Society Library in London.


Further Information and Application Process

Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies, 2019-20, University of Cambridge

Limit of tenure: 9 months
Contribution to expenses: £40,792 p.a (pro rata) plus additional £6000 for travel and related costs.

The Smuts Management Committee invites applications for a non-renewable Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship in Commonwealth Studies, tenable for 9 months commencing 1st October 2019.

The successful applicant will be expected to pursue research in the field of Commonwealth Studies. The successful applicant will be expected to pursue research in the field of Commonwealth Studies, including Commonwealth related aspects of archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, human geography, law, literature, oriental studies, sociology, politics and social psychology. The Fellow is expected to advance Commonwealth Studies in Cambridge principally by pursuing research, as well as by taking part in seminars and equivalent activities within the University.

The Managers expect that the person appointed would be intending to come to Cambridge to work on a project that builds on existing research for which a period of residence in Cambridge is demonstrably appropriate, although they would not rule out a new piece of work that is expected to be completed by the end of the 9 month tenure of the Fellowship.

Candidates should be members of staff of a University, or similar institution, outside of the UK. The person appointed will be expected to have obtained a PhD (or equivalent) or be working at post-doctoral level with established or emerging international reuptations.

Please do not apply without consulting the Further Particulars. The closing date for applications is the 31st December 2018. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in March 2019.

Further Particulars:Smuts Visiting Research Fellowship 2019-20 - further particulars

Smuts Visiting Research Fellow 2017/18

The Research Fellowship for 2017/18 has been awarded to Dr Coel Kirkby and Dr Sanal Mohan.

Visiting Research Fellows Since 2001






2017/2018 M Dr Sanal Mohan Centre of South Asian Studies India
  M Dr Coel Kirkby Faculty of Law Canada
2016/2017 M Dr Jan Erk Centre of African Studies Canada



Dr Matt Hopper

Centre of African Studies

United States



Dr Ramnarayan Rawat



2013/2014 M Dr H Kumarasingham South Asian Studies/Politics New Zealand
2012/2013 M Professor B Berman African Studies Canada
2011/2012 M Dr RS Vasudevan History India
2010/2011 M Professor P Harries History Switzerland/South Africa
  M Dr M Ali Shah Politics India
2009/2010 M Dr RN Singh Archaeology India
  M Dr B Sweetman History/Oriental Studies New Zealand/UK
2008/2009 F Dr R Banerjee English India
2007/2008 F Dr KS Amanor Anthropology Ghana
  M Dr B Atwood History New Zealand/Australia
2006/2007 M Dr DM Menon History India
  F Professor C Oppong Social Sciences Ghana
  M Dr BN Tiwari History India
2005/2006 M Dr I Achebe History Nigeria
  M Dr Patricia Hayes History Zimbabwe/South Africa
2004/2005 M Dr M Chanock Law Australia
  F Dr A K Segobye Archaeology Botswana
2003/2004 M Dr RM Matheka History Kenya
  M Professor A Karnik Economics and Politics India
2002/2003 F Dr S Alavi History India
  M Professor J Powell Geography Australia
2001/2002 M Dr S.C. Vasciannie Law West Indies
  M Professor R. Datta History India