Pearsall Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History

The Alan Pearsall Bequest and the Institute of Historical Research will offer a one-year postdoctoral Fellowship in Naval and Maritime  History for 2017–18 tenable at the Institute. Applications are encouraged for work on any aspect of Naval and Maritime History, in the broadest sense, anywhere in the world, from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West up to the present day.


The Fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral applicants who have recently completed a doctoral degree in history, or who will have submitted their thesis for examination by 1October in the academic year in which the Fellowship is to be held. It is a strict condition of the Fellowship that the thesis should have been submitted by that date. Applicants may be of any nationality, and their PhD (or equivalent) may have been awarded in any country. Those who have previously held another postdoctoral research fellowship of 12 months or more will not be eligible. The Fellow ship cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.

A condition of the award is that Fellows should undertake further historical research and writing. The fellowship is intended for research on a new project rather than for the development of an existing thesis. 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. 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 Fellowship stipend will be £23,000 for the full academic year, and will be payable in four instalments through the Institute. 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.

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
30 Mar 2017
1 year
Europe United Kingdom
Humanities History
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 5 years
Award granted
£ 23.000