Applications now open for 2024

Applications close at 23:59 on Sunday 10 March. 

Caird Research Fellowships

Royal Museums Greenwich has a highly regarded research fellowship programme, which for many years has facilitated high-quality research providing new perspectives on our sites and collections and supports our public programmes and displays.

We welcome applications from anyone with relevant lived or academic experience who can demonstrate a commitment and ability to undertake independent research. We welcome research that engages with the Museum’s social purpose and guiding concepts, which include identity, diversity, community, creativity and human impacts on the planet and our natural world. Prospective applicants should refer to RMG’s  Strategic Vision for background information.  

Engagement with our collections is strongly encouraged, and applicants should consult the Museum’s Library and Archive online catalogue and Collections Online before submitting an application.  

The deadline for applications is Sunday 10 March to start a Fellowship in September 2024 (or earlier, by arrangement).  

Research disciplines 

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.  

We welcome applications within (but not restricted to) a range of areas including art history and creative arts, maritime, social and cultural history, histories of science and technology, conservation studies, museum and heritage studies, material culture studies, historical geography and literary studies.  

For 2024-25 Fellowships, we welcome research in these broad thematic areas: 

  • Caribbean, African and Atlantic histories and material cultures 

  • Global histories and material cultures 

  • The migration of people, objects, goods and ideas 

  • British identities in imperial, post-colonial and global contexts  

  • Under-represented histories including gender, sexuality, disability  

  • Art, architecture and identity 

  • New approaches to histories of shipping and shipping companies 

  • The Royal Observatory Greenwich as a historic landmark and cultural icon 

In addition, we have identified a number of potential specific research areas in which we would be pleased to receive applications – please refer to this attached document.

Application Guidelines


We strongly recommend that you make contact with the Museum before submitting your proposal so that we can both support your application and ensure its eligibility within the Fellowship programme. Please address your enquiry to our Research team at and, if necessary, you will be put in touch with the relevant staff member within our Curatorial or wider teams to advise you. 

Who can apply 

We welcome applications from anyone with relevant lived or academic experience, who can demonstrate a commitment and ability to undertake independent research. Royal Museums Greenwich actively encourages candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.  

Duration and funding 

  • The duration of the Fellowship will be proposed by the candidate and can run for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 12 months. The Fellowship may be undertaken on a full or part-time basis, with research days to be determined in consultation with the Museum. The proposed length of the Fellowship must be supported by a timeline clearly setting out project milestones. 

  • The Fellowship award is £2,100 per calendar month. The award can be paid direct to the Fellow’s Institution or to the Fellow. Fellowships may commence in the September following appointment or earlier by arrangement. 

  • Fellowship awards are intended to cover the costs involved in research (accommodation, travel, subsistence). 

  • Shorter-term Fellowships are generally awarded on the basis of the submitted application however candidates who submit longer-duration proposals may be asked to attend an interview. 

Conditions of the Fellowship 

  • Fellows are expected to work with Museum staff to identify opportunities for engaging diverse publics with their research project and findings, for example through Museum programmes and events including seminars, also blog posts, vox pops and talks. 

  • The Fellow will be responsible for any tax liability arising from the award, for any expenses incurred in obtaining a visa, and for any required health or travel insurance.  

  • If you live outside the UK, you are responsible for ensuring you have the correct permissions to visit and undertake research in the UK. 

  • 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. 

How to apply 

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 10th March 2024. 

To apply please complete the Fellowship application form:    

You will need to provide details of your relevant experience to undertake the research, an outline of your research proposal, and the name of a referee, (academic, professional or personal) who can comment on your suitability to undertake independent research. You can complete the form in one go even if you do not have a Google account but please note that if you do not have an account, you will not be able to save your progress on the form and return to it later. It is recommended that you draft your answers in a separate document to avoid losing your progress. The questions on the form can be previewed here:

This is a preview for information only – we will only accept applications sent via the online Google Form link. 

Applications are assessed by a panel of senior museum staff and trustees. 

Outcome of applications 

Applicants will be informed by early May 2024 if they have been successful or have been selected for interview (if required). 

For any further information please email 

Next round of applications 

We anticipate that the application window for 2025-26 Fellowships will be circa 1 November 2024 to 10 January 2025. 

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