Girton’s Research Fellows are at the post-doctoral stage in their careers. The fellowship gives them funding for three years to pursue their interests in depth. They work on their own without supervision and are therefore expected to be highly motivated and self-directing. They may take on a certain amount of teaching but are not required to do so. These favourable conditions for pure research normally result in publications that are highly innovative and thorough, and usually lead on to rewarding academic posts in higher education.
As well as a salary and expenses, the Research Fellows have dining rights and the option of living in college accommodation. They have many further opportunities to participate in the life of the college. They mix regularly at social occasions with teaching fellows and graduate students. They sit by right on the Governing Body and may be invited to serve on a variety of committees dealing with college business.In addition they organise informal evening meetings for the discussion of current research work with the rest of the fellowship.