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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

This exciting new Programme offers its Fellows the opportunity to develop and lead independent research projects of relevance to our core themes of zero carbon, circular economy, protection of nature, and inclusive and resilient societies. Fellows may have the opportunity to enhance their impact by teaching on CISL’s executive and graduate programmes, and/or supervising students studying for the Master's in Sustainability Leadership and other CISL graduate programmes.


How to apply

To view the latest vacancies for our Fellowship Programme, please check our vacancy homepage. Unfortunately we can only accept applications in response to advertised vacancies and are unable to process speculative applications. If you wish to be notified when posts are advertised, please register your interest. If you would like to submit an application in response to one of the advertised positions, please click on the position and follow the link to the University’s Web Recruitment System and upload the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Full CV
  3. Completed research proposal template
  4. Proof of institutional support (only applicable if you are applying for a secondment)


Frequently asked questions

If you have any question regarding our Fellowship Programme or the recruitment process, please consult our FAQ sheet or contact


College affiliation

Cambridge colleges operate autonomously from the University and complement the work of academic departments by providing a stimulating environment for cross-disciplinary and social interaction, while also providing access to facilities and pastoral support. Should they wish, Fellows will be eligible to become members of Trinity College Post-Doctoral Society. Further information about the Trinity College Post-Doctoral Society can be found here and on their events page.


Please note:

If you wish to be notified when posts are advertised, then please register your interest. We encourage candidates to submit their applications via the University’s Web Recruitment System.

CISL does not yet offer a PhD programme. The highest qualification we offer is our Master’s in Sustainability Leadership and Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE). If you wish to study towards a PhD, please consider other Cambridge departments with sustainability interests, for example: Architecture, Engineering (including the Institute for Manufacturing), Geography, Land Economy, Judge Business School, and the Centre of Development Studies. We have close collaborations with these departments and are pleased to explore opportunities to interact with PhD students admitted by them.

Related Links

Research hub for sustainability

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme

How to apply for a Fellowship, register your interest, FAQs and College affiliiation


"Universities contribute to society through the creation of new knowledge and the development of new skills. It is our aspiration to do this in ways that are relevant and purposeful.

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme, hosted by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, will help us to do just that by allowing academics to engage productively with business, government and financial institutions for society's benefit – both in the UK and globally."

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge



John Pharoah, Senior Project Manager