Early Career Researchers

This webpage provides information for new and current Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Faculty of History.

The ECR community includes postdoctoral researchers and teaching affiliates in diverse roles and positions: Junior Research Fellows (JRFs); Research Associates (RAs); British Academy, Leverhulme and Marie Curie Fellows; and temporary lecturers and teaching affiliates. ECRs in the History Faculty have a wide range of research interests and are represented in all of the Faculty’s research areas. Profiles of our current ECRs can be viewed here.

ECRs in the Faculty are represented by a voluntary committee. The current members are: Massimo Asta, Carys Brown, Sara Caputo, Philippa Carter, Zoe Farrell, Caitlin Harvey, Harriet Lyon, Charles Read, and Caroline Rusterholz. We work closely with the Faculty’s Early Career Researcher Advocate, Amy Erickson, and with its Academic Office Holders

The role of the committee is two-fold. First, we represent the views of ECRs at Faculty Board (the main decision-making body in the History Faculty) and at meetings of the university-wide network of postdocs run by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Second, we organise social and academic activities. These include:

  • A welcome event at the start of the academic year, co-hosted with the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Faculty
  • Termly social gatherings, including coffee mornings and pub trips
  • Academic and career development workshops. Past sessions have included: writing book proposals; writing funding and grant applications; discussions of works-in-progress; and getting consultancy experience

Many of these events are self-organised and depend on volunteers. We are always keen to hear from ECRs with ideas for workshops or events. Likewise, the committee is keen to welcome new members! Please get in touch with Harriet Lyon at hkl30@cam.ac.uk for more information.

Information relevant to ECRs is circulated via our mailing list, to which new members are automatically added at the beginning of the academic year. If you are a member of the History Faculty and do not see the list History-ecfs in your subscriptions, please let the committee know!

Useful links:

Postdoc Academy: https://www.postdocacademy.cam.ac.uk

Careers Service: https://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/careers-support-postdocs

Personal and Professional Development: https://www.ppd.admin.cam.ac.uk 



History Writers' Workshop

The History Writers' Workshop is a friendly and informal group run by ECRs for ECRs working on their first books. We meet once a quarter -- usually in December, March, June, and September -- to discuss draft chapters (on any time period or place) and offer writing and publishing advice. In the past we have also held sessions on book proposals, which featured historians in various stages of contracting their manuscripts, and we heard from a former editor at OUP. At the moment, we're meeting on Zoom, but we hope to convene again in person as soon as possible.

To join our mailing list, look for Soc-ecr-hww@lists.cam.ac.uk on lists.cam.ac.uk. For more information, please contact Ruth Lawlor at rgl34@cam.ac.uk or Freddy Foks at wfpf2@cam.ac.uk.