Applications for 2021-22 fellowships are now closed. Please check this page for details about future opportunities.

Caird Research Fellowships

Royal Museums Greenwich has a well-established fellowship programme supporting high-quality research that provides new perspectives on our collections and supports our public programmes, events and displays. We welcome applications that engage with the guiding concepts flowing from the Museum's social purpose such as identity, diversity, community, creativity and human impacts on the planet and our natural world. Specific themes for our 2021-22 fellowships are as follows:

  • Caribbean, African and Atlantic histories and material cultures (a fellowship in partnership with the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership)
  • The migration of people, objects and ideas
  • British identities in imperial, post-colonial and global contexts 
  • Gendered identities and the maritime world 
  • Early modern portraiture, architecture and monarchy
  • Naval uniform and questions of fashion, display and identity
  • Debates concerning the contemporary maritime world
  • New approaches to histories of shipping and shipping companies
  • The Royal Observatory Greenwich as a historic landmark and cultural icon

Engagement with our collections is essential, and applicants unfamiliar with these resources should consult the Museum’s Library and Archive online catalogues before submitting an application. 

Research ideas

We welcome applications within (but not restricted to) a range of disciplines including:

  • Art history
  • Maritime history
  • Material culture studies
  • Anthropology
  • Museum and heritage studies
  • Creative arts
  • Conservation studies
  • Area studies and environmental studies
  • Cultural geography
  • Literary studies
  • Histories of science and technology that complement our core themes of astronomy, navigation, cartography and horology. 

The Museum supports innovative and cross-disciplinary research, and is also keen to encourage creative, practice-based and community-based projects in areas such as the visual arts, heritage, performance and literature. If your application falls into these categories, we strongly recommend that you make contact with the museum before submitting your proposal so that we can ensure its eligibility within the fellowship programme. Please address your enquiry to:

Who can apply

Royal Museums Greenwich actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply. The fellowship programme typically supports study at a post-doctoral or equivalent level, and we welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities and career stages. Queries regarding eligibility should be sent to:

Duration and funding

  • 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 fellowship

  • 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 expected to attend conferences or symposia on behalf of the Museum and to participate in Museum programmes and events for a variety of audiences, including seminars, writing blogs and talks.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 20 November 2020

Four documents are required:

  1. A 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 (a maximum of 3 pages) 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 two sides of A4 paper.
  4. A timetable for its completion, and proposals for making the results available*

*While the Museum does not undertake to assist with publishing research work accomplished during the Fellowship, we are keen to explore potential routes to publication where the candidate and the Museum believe this would be beneficial.

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

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

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.

Referees should be asked to send their letters direct to the Museum at the above e-mail or address by 2 November 2020

Please note: e-mailed reference letters are preferred.

Outcome of applications

Applicants will be informed by mid-January 2021 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/February 2021.

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

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