Research Fellow in Poetry

University of Cambridge Faculty of English

The Judith E. Wilson Poetry Fellowship is designed to enable practising poets to spend a period as members of the Faculty of English, bringing together the practice of poetry and their academic study. The cost of the Fellowship is met from the Judith E. Wilson Fund, formed from a donation to the Faculty of English by Judith E. Wilson, a life-long friend of Dame Edith Evans.

The Fellowship is available for nine months from 15 September 2021. The Fellow is expected to reside in Cambridge during that period and will, it is hoped, be affiliated with a Cambridge College. They will also be invited to take some part in the work of the Faculty, by arranging workshops or readings (including, in term, three hours of formal contact time for students per week), and to pursue their own projects. The role is designed to further the writing of poetry, rather than academic research. The Judith E. Wilson Committee will discuss a possible programme of work with the successful candidate.

Your application, made online, should include:

  • A covering letter;
  • Your Curriculum Vitae, including a full list of publications;
  • 10 pages of written work, together with a project proposal of no more than 1000 words including an indication of how you would support students.

Two references are required and applicants should ask their referees to send their reports to by the closing date.

The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

Informal enquiries about the post may be directed to Dr Drew Milne, Judith E. Wilson Reader in Poetics ( Enquiries concerning the appointments procedure and related matters may be made to the Faculty Administrator, Mrs Marina Ballard (

Interviews will take place via Zoom and are planned for Monday 24 May 2021.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please quote reference GG25897 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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