Jacobite Studies Trust Fellowship on the Stuart Dynasty

The IHR administers one one-year Fellowship each year on behalf of the Jacobite Studies Trust. This Fellowship may be held by an advanced doctoral student or early career postdoctoral researcher. Its purpose is to enable the Fellow to undertake historical research into the Stuart dynasty in the British Isles and in exile, from the departure of James II in 1688 to the death of Henry Benedict Stuart in 1807. This may also include work on their friends and supporters, their activities, their influence, their views, ideologies, artefacts and works of art; and the political, diplomatic, military, religious, intellectual, and cultural context in which they lived. The Fellowship is non-residential, and will be tenable from 1 October 2017.

Area of research

Jacobite History

Eligibility requirements

Applications are encouraged from all suitably qualified candidates without regard to nationality or academic affiliation. This Fellowship is open to:

  • Current doctoral students who have been registered on their programme for at least three years full-time or six years part-time at the beginning of the session in which the awards are to be held.
  • Holders of doctorates awarded within three years of the beginning of the session in which the awards are to be held, who are working in the research area of the Trust, as outlined above.

A condition of the award is that Fellow should undertake further historical research and writing. Fellows will not be required to be resident in London, but should participate in the activities of the Institute, by regular attendance at and presentation of papers to appropriate seminars and by giving information and help to fellow scholars working in the same field.The Fellowship cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant, nor can it be used to fund a sabbatical period for the holder of a permanent academic position.

At the discretion of the Director of the Institute, Fellows may engage in teaching or other paid work for up to six hours a week (note however that some categories of non-national may need to obtain a work permit in order to undertake this).


The value of the stipend for each one-year Fellowship will be £15,000. No additional research funding is attached to this Fellowship.


Fellows, if they do not have the right to reside and study in the UK, will require a visa, and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them.

The University of London is licensed to issue sponsorship certificates for Tier 5 visas. If Fellows need to enter the UK under a Tier 5 visa, they should apply for a sponsorship certificate through the IHR Fellowship Office, which they can then use in their visa application to the Home Office.


Complete applications must be received at the Institute of Historical Research no later than 5 May 2017. Incomplete applications or applications arriving after this date will not be considered.

Two supporting letters of reference must be received by no later than 19 May 2017.

Interviews will be held in June 2017.

Selection policies

A committee of senior historians will draw up a short list of interview candidates from eligible applicants. The committee will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:

  • The academic record of the candidate as exhibited by CV and references;
  • The quality of the submitted written work;
  • The importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field and its prospects for publication in a leading academic journal or monograph series;
  • The prospects for completing research within the time projected and funds awarded;
  • All other considerations being equal, the candidate’s likely contribution to the academic life of the IHR.
Application date
12 May 2017
1 year
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 3 years
Grants available
Award granted
£ 15.000