Fellowships at Royal Museums Greenwich

Apply for funding to support research at Royal Museums Greenwich. There are two types of fellowships on offer: Caird Research Fellowships and the Sackler Short-term Research Fellowship.

The deadline to apply for 2019-2020 fellowships is 16 November 2018.

Caird Research Fellowships

Caird Research Fellowships are offered annually by the Trustees of Royal Museums Greenwich to support high-quality research that a) provides new perspectives on our collections and b) engages with our thematic priorities which, for this call, comprise the following:

  • The migration of people, objects and ideas
  • Pacific material cultures past and present
  • British identities in imperial, post-colonial and global contexts
  • Gendered identities and the maritime world
  • Early modern portraiture, architecture and monarchy
  • Understandings of nation and community in museum/heritage practice
  • Debates concerning the contemporary maritime world

Applications are welcomed from a range of disciplines including but not restricted to: history; material culture studies; art history; anthropology; museum and heritage studies; conservation studies; area studies; environmental studies; cultural geography; international studies; and literary studies. The Museum is keen to support innovative and cross disciplinary research, and applicants unfamiliar with the diversity of our collections should consult the Museum’s library and archive online catalogues. The Museum’s Caird Library and Archive offer excellent research facilities and Fellows will also be given dedicated space within the library for their research.

The fellowship is primarily but not exclusively intended to support study at a post-doctoral level and applications are particularly encouraged from scholars of any nationality who have recently submitted a PhD, or who expect to do so before the commencement of the fellowship.

  • The duration of proposed fellowships will be determined by the candidate and can run for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months.
  • The proposed length of the fellowship must be supported by a timeline clearly setting out project milestones.
  • The Fellowship award is £1,600 per calendar month. The award can be paid direct to the Fellow’s Institution or to the Fellow, in which case UK tax and National Insurance will be deducted at source.
  • Fellowships may commence in the October following appointment or earlier by arrangement.
  • Candidates who submit longer term proposals may be invited for interview.

Conditions of the fellowships

  • The Museum will receive printed acknowledgement in any and all publications resulting in whole or in part from research carried out during the period of the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow will provide the Museum (through the Research Department) with copies of all publications supported in whole or in part by the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow will provide the Museum with a written report on the completion of their Fellowship.
  • During the tenure of the Fellowship, a Fellow will be asked to attend conferences or symposia on behalf of the Museum and to participate in informal seminars with staff.

Guidelines on how to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday, 16 November 2018.

Four documents (ideally typewritten) are required, as follows:

  1. completed application form, which asks for brief personal details, the title and duration of the proposed research project and the names and addresses of two academic referees.
  2. A curriculum vitae; this should be kept short and include details of the applicant’s education, employment history and major publications or papers delivered.
  3. An outline of the proposed research project, which should not exceed 2 sides of A4 paper.
  4. A timetable for its completion, and proposals for making the results available*

*The Museum does not undertake to publish or assist with the publication of the results of research work accomplished during the tenure of the Fellowship.

Please note: e-mailed applications are preferred, although we will also accept applications by post.

Please return your application form, CV and research proposal to:

E-mail: [email protected]

Conference and Fellowships Manager

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6716

Reference letters

Applicants should send a copy of their application to their nominated referees at the time of or in advance of its submission, asking the referees to comment on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the project would make to scholarship.

The referees should be asked to send their letters direct to the Museum at the above e-mail or address by 16 November 2018.

Please note: e-mailed reference letters are preferred.

Outcome of applications

Applicants will be informed in December 2018 if they have been successful or have been selected for interview.

Interviews by the Academic Awards Committee will be held at the Museum in January or February 2019.

For any further information please contact the Conference and Fellowships Manager, as above.

Sackler Short-term Research Fellowship

The National Maritime Museum promotes the history of the maritime sciences and technology to build and disseminate research into its world-class collections. These include objects of great significance to the histories of astronomy, horology, hydrography, navigation and shipbuilding.

The Sackler Short-term Research Fellowship supports short periods of research from suitably qualified applicants into the history of science and technology, with particular reference to the National Maritime Museum’s collections and subjects. The Museum is keen to encourage proposals both from maritime historians and from scholars from other disciplines who are interested in broader cultural, social and political aspects of maritime history. The Sackler Short-term fellowship is specifically designed for research on astronomical and navigational sciences. The Museum is also keen to receive applications for fellowships that will contribute to the wider history of the Royal Observatory.

The Sackler Short-term Research Fellowship is primarily intended for recent postgraduate or postdoctoral scholars, but applications from individuals who have demonstrated equivalent commitment to advanced research in the field may be considered.

The conditions for a Sackler Short-term Research Fellowship are:

  • The award for the Fellowship is £1,600 per month. The award can be paid to the Fellow’s institution or to the Fellow, subject to UK Tax and NI.  Further information will be given on acceptance of the proposal.
  • The Fellowship is for a predetermined two- or three-month period commencing from the October following appointment or earlier by arrangement.
  • The Museum will receive printed acknowledgement in any and all publications resulting in whole or in part from research carried out during the period of the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow will provide the Museum (through the Research Department) with copies of all publications supported in whole or in part by the Fellowship.
  • The Fellow will provide the Museum with a written report on the completion of their Fellowship.
  • During the tenure of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be asked to attend conferences or symposia on behalf of the Museum or to participate in informal seminars with staff.

Guidelines on how to apply

The deadline for applications is Friday, 16 November 2018.

Three documents (ideally typewritten) are required, as follows:

  1. completed application form, which asks for brief personal details, the title of the proposed research project and the names and addresses of two academic referees.
  2. A curriculum vitae; this should be kept short and include details of the applicant’s education, employment history and major publications or papers delivered.
  3. An outline of the proposed research project, which should not exceed 3 sides of A4 paper; a timetable for its completion, and proposals for making the results available. The Museum does not undertake to publish or assist with the publication of the results of research work accomplished during the tenure of the Fellowship.

Please note: e-mailed applications are preferred, although we will also accept applications by post.

Please return your application form, CV and research proposal to:

E-mail: [email protected]

Conference and Fellowships Manager

National Maritime Museum

Greenwich, London SE10 9NF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8312 6716

Reference Letters

Applicants should send a copy of their application to their nominated referees at the time of or in advance of its submission, asking the referees to comment on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the project would make to scholarship.

The referees should be asked to send their letters direct to the Museum at the above e-mail or address by 16 November 2018.

Please note: e-mailed reference letters can be accepted.

Outcome of applications

Awards for the Sackler Short-term Research Fellowship will be decided on from the proposals alone (i.e. no interview is required).

Applicants will be informed of the decision of the Academic Awards Committee by January or February 2019.

For any further information please contact the Conference and Fellowships Manager, as above.

Read more at https://www.rmg.co.uk/research-collections/research-fellowships#9XzMkUDqgQia8XJg.99

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