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Researcher Development


Gain teaching experience by delivering Researcher Development courses to Cambridge PhD students


The Researcher Development Teaching Fellows Programme is a new programme we are piloting in 2019-20. It is designed for Cambridge postdocs who are interested in teaching researcher development courses to Cambridge PhD students. The programme supports you in extending your understanding of teaching and of facilitating at the PhD level. The RD Teaching Fellows Programme has a flexible structure and runs across two terms: Michaelmas and Lent 2019-20.

Participants will attend short briefings and workshops, observe at least two teaching sessions facilitated by Cambridge Researcher Developers, and deliver one trial session to the course convenors and fellow participants. Upon completion of the programme, RD Teaching Fellows will qualify to deliver RD courses to Cambridge PhDs and will be remunerated for the courses they teach.

The RD Teaching Fellows Programme is an excellent opportunity to gain classroom teaching experience through the medium of PhD development workshops. This experience could be used to form the basis of an application for Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Learning outcomes:

  • Deepen your understanding of teaching and facilitating learning
  • Further develop your mentoring skills and your understanding of the learning trajectory of PhD students
  • Have the opportunity to get paid teaching experience by qualifying to deliver courses related to core skills and milestones in the PhD



  • Participants must be postdocs at the University of Cambridge or at a University Partner Institute
  • Participants must have at least 18 months left on their contracts, as remunerated teaching opportunities would begin from Easter Term 2020
  • Participants must have availability on the dates listed in the course calendar


Applications are now closed for this pilot run, as we have reached capacity. Thank you for your interest, and please do check back for future iterations of the programme.


If you have any questions, please contact