Funded research opportunities

Royal Museums Greenwich offers a range of funded research opportunities for academics, students and researchers.

The purpose of our programme is to support new research by academics, researchers and students with an interest in maritime history, astronomy and time.

We offer co-supervision for Doctoral Studentships funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and we offer Museum funded programmes, including a series of short-term and long-term fellowships, plus student internships.

Student research internships

Duration: Up to six weeks | Funding: £1500 | Deadline: Spring 2016

Supports new research into the history of science and technology, in the context of maritime history, astronomy and time. Particularly beneficial to those considering postgraduate research. 

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AHRC Doctoral Studentships

Duration: Three years | Funding: details available from AHRC | Deadline: Autumn 2016

The National Maritime Museum is a supervising partner for AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Awards. We invite proposals on any aspect of our collections, in particular maritime history, astronomy and time.

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Research Fellowships

Caird Senior Research Fellowship 

Duration: One year | Funding: £20,000 | Deadline: 31 October 2016

Supports research on the Museum's collections or in any field of British naval and maritime history, including broader cultural, social and political aspects.

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Caird Short-Term Research Fellowship 

Duration: Up to three months | Funding: £1,600 per month | Deadline: 31 October 2016

Supports research that furthers understanding of Britain's maritime history through the advanced study of our collections. 

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The Sackler Short-Term Research Fellowship

Duration: Up to three months | Funding: £1,600 per month | Deadline: 31 October 2016

Supports research on the history of astronomical and navigational sciences, with particular reference to the Museum's collections and subjects. 

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Call for papers

Conservation of Historic Interiors symposium

19 May 2017 | Royal Museums Greenwich

This symposium will focus on the ethical decision making involved in conserving/restoring historic interiors/buildings, and the importance of collaboration between heritage organisations.

The Queen’s House has recently reopened to the public after a £3M restoration project. Designed by Inigo Jones for James I’s queen, Anne of Denmark, it is the first Palladian-style building in the country. A significant part of the project was the conservation of the King’s Presence Chamber and the painted ceiling in the Queen’s Presence Chamber.

Taking the starting point in these two case studies the symposium intends to look at the evidence that informs the ethical decision making process. We are seeking papers that explore this link within the conservation/restoration of historic interiors/buildings.

To submit a proposal please send a summary (500 word maximum) to including the provisional title and the name of the author(s). The deadline for submissions is 28 February 2017. 

Mapping the past, exploiting the future: cartographies and understandings of the Arctic

21-22 July 2017 | National Maritime Museum

Royal Museums Greenwich will host an interdisciplinary conference which aims to interrogate the processes and products of mapping the Arctic, to coincide with the opening of a major new exhibition, Death in the Ice: the shocking story of Franklin’s final expedition, about John Franklin’s voyage to look for a North-West Passage, and the searches for those involved which followed.

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