Henslow Fellowship

Three year funding across a wide range of fields – with over twenty-one Henslow Fellows receiving funding from 2010 to date.

The Society regularly sponsors three-year Research Fellowships, “Henslow Fellowships”, in the fields of Natural Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science and Clinical Sciences. The Henslow Fellowships are awarded to selected colleges to augment research fellowship provision within Colleges, rather than to substitute for existing schemes.

The aims of the Philosophical Society are “to promote research in all branches of science and to encourage the communication of the results of scientific research.”  The appointment procedure for for the advertisement of each of the Henslow Fellowship and the selection of the Henslow Fellow is made by the College.

Until further notice, the Council of the Society shall consider applications from Colleges for funding to support Research Fellowships, normally of three years’ duration, to be known as “HENSLOW FELLOWSHIPS”.

The subject of research associated with a Fellowship shall be approved by the Council as being within the scope of the purposes of the Society.

In deciding whether to award funding for a Fellowship, the Council shall have regard to the intention of the Society that the Fellowship should be awarded in addition to the College’s normal establishment of Research Fellowships and should depend on the funding to be made available from the Society.

The College shall be required to include appropriate reference to the support of the Society in any advertisement for the Fellowship.

The College shall be asked to enter into arrangements to the satisfaction of the Council to enable a representative of the Society to be associated with the process of election to the Fellowship.

The College shall be asked to ensure that the rights and privileges associated with the Fellowship will be the same as those of other Research Fellowships in the College.

The Society will meet all employment costs associated with the Research Fellowship.  Additionally, subject to any directions of the Council, the Treasurer shall be authorised to pay such reasonable costs as he or she sees fit to the College in relation to the election of the Fellow and to the College or to the Department in which the Fellow’s research is conducted in relation to the research of the Fellow as he or she may see fit.

Subject to these regulations, the Council shall determine all matters in connection with Henslow Fellowships and may grant to Henslow Fellows such rights and privileges in the Society as they may see fit.

Case Studies

Dr David Willer

Henslow Fellow 2021-

Dr Carrie Soderman

Henslow Fellow 2023-

Dr Rajesh Bhagat

Henslow Fellow 2020-


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Our Quantum World: How Quantum Technologies will Shape the Future - One day meeting

Speakers: Jian-Wei Pan, Mete Atature, Harry Buhrman, Giuseppe Carleo and Barbara Terhal

  • 10:15 - 17:00 Cambridge University Engineering Department

Quantum physics describes a new type of information with distinctive properties that can revolutionize how we process and control data.  Emerging technologies like quantum cryptography, computing, and communication harness this potential.  This one-day meeting brings experts from around the world to share their insights and visions into a quantum-powered future.


10.15-10.30 Introduction to meeting

10.30-11.30 Harry Buhrman, Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands – Quantum Computing: From Theory to Reality

11.30-12.30 Giuseppe Carleo, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland – Exploring the Quantum Frontier: Machine Learning for Solving Hard Quantum Problems 

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Jian-Wei Pan, Head of the Chinese quantum technology programme, University of Science and Technology, Shanghai - Quantum entanglement and beyond

14.30-15.30 Barbara Terhal,  EEMCS Department, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands – Quantum: pushing towards the limits of control

15.30-16.00 Afternoon Tea  

16.00-17.00 Mete Atature, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge – Quantum Optics and Quantum Technology

Organised by: Professor Adrian Kent, Dr Boris Groisman, Dr Sergii Strelchuk and Professor Ron Horgan

Location: Constance Tipper Lecture Theatre - Cambridge University Engineering Department

This scientific one-day meeting is free and open to everyone who is interested. 

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