St John’s has an established reputation for research excellence. As a research community, the College is exceptional in its strength across the sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as in its commitment to interdisciplinary approaches.

Scholars at all stages in their careers, from new research students to the most senior Fellows, exchange ideas in formal and informal arenas, in debates that may lead to new research challenges.

The College supports a range of research activities including discussions, seminars, workshops, public lectures and visiting scholar schemes, with an explicit commitment to interdisciplinary research. While knowledge production and exchange through scholarly publication is at the heart of research endeavours, the fellowship is also committed to informing policy and public debate, and to teaching that is informed by research findings.

Support for the research of the Fellows of College is overseen by its Research Committee and the Fellow for Research, currently Professor Chris Beem. As well as ensuring that Fellows and Early Career researchers are appraised of current research practice within the University and beyond, the Committee is committed to the promotion of first-class, innovative research, as well as research of an interdisciplinary nature which might be considered high-risk or ‘blue skies’. 

Accordingly, the Research Committee administers a programme of research grants which provide focus and support for the College's intellectual and academic life, as well as supporting new research. In addition, it offers one-time only research support specifically for tutorial Fellows within ten years of the award of their doctorate. 

Information about research grants can be found on the College's Intranet (please note: restricted access).

Research projects
In the last few years, the College has supported research projects on the evolution of the brain, Arabic poetry, European law, plasma-astrophysics, European forests, Formal Darwinism, Urban youth, Legalism: anthropology and history, Eye movement in literary reading, Publishers and writers in Shakespeare's England, Interpreting Eddic poetry, and Data sharing in neuroscience. You can find out more about these projects at Past research projects.

The Founder's Lecture
The annual Founder's Lecture was created in 2005 as part of the 450th anniversary celebrations in College. Read more about these lectures and listen to podcasts at The Founder's Lecture