Fellowships at Royal Museums Greenwich

Apply for funding to support research at Royal Museums Greenwich. We offer two types of fellowships: Caird Research Fellowships and ROG 350 Sackler Fellowships. 

The deadline to apply for 2020-2021 fellowships is 6 October 2019. 

Caird Research Fellowships

Royal Museums Greenwich has a well-established fellowship programme supporting high-quality research that provides new perspectives on our collections. We welcome applications that engage with our thematic priorities which, for this call, comprise the following:

  • The migration of people, objects and ideas
  • British identities in imperial, post-colonial and global contexts
  • Human perspectives on the modern maritime world
  • Understandings of nation, community and identity in museum practice
  • Developments in citizen heritage, public engagement and heritage science
  • Female patronage, art, architecture and performance in the Stuart court
  • Naval/military uniform and concerns regarding status, display and identity

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. Further information about the Museum’s current priority areas for research can be found in our 2018-22 Research Strategy document.

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

The Museum supports innovative and cross-disciplinary research, and also seeks to encourage creative and practice-based projects in areas such as the visual arts, performance and literature.

Who can apply

The fellowship programme mainly supports study at a post-doctoral or equivalent level. We encourage applications from scholars of all nationalities and career stages who have been awarded a PhD, or who expect this to occur before the start of the fellowship. Queries regarding eligibility should be sent to: research@rmg.co.uk

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 6 October 2019.

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*

*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.

Microsoft Office document iconCaird Fellowships Application Form 

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:

research@rmg.co.uk

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 6 October 2019.

Please note: e-mailed reference letters are preferred.

Outcome of applications

Applicants will be informed in December 2019 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 2020.

For any further information please contact the Conference and Fellowships Manager

ROG 350 Sackler Research Fellowships

As we approach the 350th anniversary of the Royal Observatory’s foundation in 2025, we are pleased to offer two Research Fellowships to help us look beyond traditional histories of astronomy. We welcome applications from scholars interested in the history of science in its broadest sense who are interested in exploring how their research expertise can provide us with new perspectives on our site’s institutional history, people stories, architecture, scientific instruments and associated collections.

As outlined below, we have identified two core research areas of interest and applicants are welcome to apply for the Fellowship that best matches their expertise and interests.

Sackler Fellowship 1: The working history of the ROG (1675-1948)

£30,000 per year for 2 years.

Looking beyond the well-documented story of the Astronomers Royal, we welcome research that explores the hidden history of the contribution made by the wider team of staff, both astronomical and support staff. We are keen to explore topics such as recruitment, institutional hierarchy, gender, social mobility and responses to new technologies and organisational changes.

Microsoft Office document iconSackler 350 Fellowship Application Form 

Sackler Fellowship 2: The twentieth century story of the ROG (1900-1950)

£30,000 per year for 2 years.

The Observatory’s history during this period is mainly based on specific people, projects or instruments. The purpose of this Fellowship is to create a more holistic narrative that examines the wider social, economic and technological changes within the Observatory’s operations during this period, particularly in relation to the First and Second World Wars.

Microsoft Office document iconSackler 350 Fellowship 2 Application Form 

Eligibility and schedule

  • These fellowships are 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.
  • Potential candidates will be invited for interview.
  • The duration of proposed fellowships will be 2 years.
  • The proposed length of the fellowship must be supported by a timeline clearly setting out project milestones.
  • The Fellowship award is £30,000 per year. 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.
  • Funding will be available to facilitate research visits to Cambridge to access the RGO Archives as required.

Conditions of the Sackler fellowships

  • The Fellowship is funded by the Sackler trust and hence the Fellow will be known as the Sackler Fellow
  • 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 which will also be shared with the Sackler Trust as part of the funding agreement.
  • 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 6 October 2019.

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

  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 (maximum 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 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: research@rmg.co.uk

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 6 October 2019.

Please note: e-mailed reference letters are preferred.

Outcome of applications

Applicants will be informed in December 2019 if they have been selected for interview.

Interviews by the Academic Awards Committee will be held at the Museum in January or February 2020.

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