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Isaac Newton Trust


INT Academic Career Development Fellowships offer the opportunity for exceptional scholars in selected subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences to contribute to both research and teaching within a Faculty and College environment, offering excellent preparation for subsequent academic appointments at Cambridge or elsewhere.  

INT Academic Career Development Fellows will have an opportunity to:

  • enjoy protected research time to pursue an independent project;
  • be embedded in a Faculty research and teaching culture;
  • teach in College in small groups (in some cases, to act as a College Director of Studies);
  • teach undergraduate and/or Masters students in a Faculty setting;
  • be mentored by Faculty members in academic skills (teaching, research, publication, grant applications, academic administration)
  • become a member of the INT’s Fellowship community.

Eligible candidates will be at an early stage of their career typically with less than three years’ experience post-PhD/equivalent, exclusive of any career breaks.  They will either already hold a PhD, or have an equivalent qualification, or will have submitted their doctoral dissertation by the Fellowship application deadline.  

  • all Colleges are potentially eligible providing they have a Department/Faculty partner,
  • INT provides the research element (40%)
  • a Faculty/Department provides 30% for Faculty teaching
  • a College (or possibly two Colleges together) will provide 30% for up to 80 hours teaching
  • For certain Colleges (those eligible for an INT JRF), INT may offer supplementary funds to help cover the College’s 30% salary contribution (see How to Apply)

To see full details of the ACDF programme, refer to the current Framework document.

How to Apply for an ACDF

​​​​​​Eligibility Cycles for ACDFs (with or without supplement and INT JRF Awards

Current INT ACDFs



Trustees' Meeting Dates

Thursday 11 July 2024

Thursday 21 November 2024

Thursday 13 March 2025


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