Fellowships at Royal Museums Greenwich

Apply for funding to support research at Royal Museums Greenwich through our Caird Research Fellowships.

The deadline to apply for 2020-2021 fellowships is 5 October 2020. 

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 that complement our core themes of astronomy, navigation, cartography and horology. 

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 Monday 5 October 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*

*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 icon Caird 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:


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 5 October 2020. 

Please note: e-mailed reference letters are preferred.

Outcome of applications

Applicants will be informed in December 2020 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.