Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship at Girton College

Please note that applications for the first Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship at Girton College closed at midnight BST on 16 May 2021.

Further details related to the selection of the first Fellowship, and other Cavendish Arts Science activities will appear on our website in due course.

About the Fellowship

The Cavendish Arts Science Fellowship at Girton College is made possible through a partnership between Cavendish Arts Science and Girton College, Cambridge. The Fellowship will last one year from October 2021, and will include a residency in Cambridge of up to a maximum of a year. The artist will receive a stipend, and accommodation and subsistence during the period of residency. A budget will be provided for the production of new work, and for travel.



The Fellowship is open to artists working in any medium and regardless of place of residence or nationality. Applicants must be out of full-time education and over the age of 18.

We welcome applications from artists:




Selection Process

The selection of the Artist Fellow will take place over three stages. Initial screening for eligibility and longlisting will be overseen by the Cavendish Arts Science Producer. Following this, a panel of selectors drawn from our Committee, Creative Partners and Advisors together with the Director and Producer of Cavendish Arts Science will select a shortlist of candidates for an online interview which is planned to take place during the week beginning Monday 21 June 2021.

The successful applicant, who will normally be elected Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Arts at Girton College, will:

Cavendish Arts Science is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all, regardless of sex, race, colour, religion and belief, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, gender identity, gender expression, or disability. Please refer to the University of Cambridge's Equal Opportunities Policy for further information.

For questions about accessibility or to discuss any needs you may have, whether related to the application process or the Fellowship itself, please get in touch with us.

How to apply

All applications should be submitted using our online submission form by the deadline of 23:59:59 (BST) on 16 May 2021.

Before you apply, please also read our Questions and Answers below. (This has been updated on 13 May 2021 to address additional questions.) Any questions not answered after reading all of the available information can be submitted through our contact form.



Questions and Answers

Am I eligible to apply?

Any artist can apply for the Fellowship regardless of medium or practice, where you live, or your nationality, as long as you are out of full-time education as of October 2021, over the age of 18 and willing to travel to Cambridge, UK (restrictions on travel will be taken into account, see further questions about residency below).

We actively encourage applications from artists who may not have previous experience of residency or fellowship in a scientific environment, who see an opportunity for the development of new ideas through dialogue and collaboration.

We recognise there are many artists with previous experiences of interaction and collaboration with various fields of scientific enquiry. Such experience is not a barrier to submission, and we welcome submissions from artists that reflect compelling, high-quality work and ideas.

When will the Fellowship take place?

The Fellowship is flexible and part-time, lasting for one year from October 2021.

How long and when is the residency?

The Fellowship will normally involve a residency in Cambridge of a minimum of two eight-week terms, and a maximum of a year. This is flexible and might be split, for example, across two visits between October 2021 and October 2022. The structure of the residency and minimum period to be spent in Cambridge will, however, be responsive to the individual circumstances of the selected artist and any restrictions or risks associated with travelling.

While we expect the residency to have a minimum duration equivalent to two eight-week terms, we do not expect time spent in Cambridge to match the term dates.

What accommodation is offered?

The accommodation provided is based on occupation by a single person. If, for reasons of accessibility, caring, or other personal need, the provision is not appropriate, we will respond to specific needs by offering alternatives.

We will also aim to accommodate visits from partners/family where possible. This may be accommodated through an upgrade to larger accommodation. This may incur additional costs that would not be covered by the programme. Family members would be able to access meals at a subsidised level.

Girton College is a family-friendly college and children can eat in the cafeteria and in the social hub or use the pool and play in the gardens if supervised by a parent/adult. The programme cannot directly fund the cost of or provide care that may be required during the residency (for example, creche or nursery costs, child minders, or other professional carers).

Is a studio provided?

A studio / creative workspace appropriate to the artist's practice will be made available during the residency, in addition to flexible working spaces at the Cavendish Laboratory.

Will I need a visa?

Depending on the length of time spent on residency in the UK and the country from which you are travelling, you may require a visa. Details can be found on the UK government website.

Visa fees can be met from our travel budget and we can provide appropriate documentation to support visa applications related to the Fellowship (though not for applications for visas to cover other types of activity).

Can I apply jointly with another artist?

Yes, we can accept joint applications from more than one artist, but there are limitations on what the Fellowship provides which may affect whether this is viable for you.

Our budget is fixed at the level described above in Further Details, including the amount of stipend and other financial support. The residency offers accommodation in a single-room apartment, and meals for one person to be taken in Girton College.

If you feel that you want to make a joint application for the Fellowship within these limitations, please adapt your submission to the requirements of the online form.

Can I work whilst on the Fellowship?

The Fellowship is not expected to be a full-time engagement, so you are welcome to continue ongoing commitments, jobs or projects that are compatible with meeting the expectations of the Fellowship, whether during the residency in Cambridge or at other times. You should only undertake other paid work in the UK if you have a legal right to do so.

Is it free to apply?

Yes, there is no cost to making an application.

Can I begin my submission online, save it and return to complete it later?

So that you don’t risk data loss while you are making your submission, we recommend writing your application in a separate document that you can back up on your computer, and then pasting the text into the form, and filling in any links or uploading attachments when you are ready to submit.

Can I present my work in a language other than English?

We encourage applications from artists internationally and working through the medium of any language. We ask for responses to questions on the form in English. If you are worried about communicating your ideas to the panel, you may choose to translate parts of materials before submission. The selection process will be conducted in English, translation can be arranged if you are more comfortable in another language.

When can I expect to hear about whether I have been successful?

We will contact artists selected for an interview by 11 June 2021.

Sadly, we can't offer individual feedback on submissions from applicants not shortlisted. We will send an email notification to all applicants once the selection process has been completed. Please make sure the contact details you provide on the submission form will be current until the selection process is finished.

Will I need to come to Cambridge for an interview?

No, all interviews will be held remotely using online video-conferencing software during the week commencing 21 June 2021.

Where can I find out more about physics at the Cavendish Laboratory?

The Department of Physics website is the best source of information about the Cavendish Laboratory and Physics at the University of Cambridge.

I have another question.

Please contact us using our contact form to ask us about anything else.


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