The Past & Present Society and the Institute of Historical Research offers up to four one-year postdoctoral Fellowships in History, tenable at the Institute. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a broad interest in processes of social, economic, political and cultural change, as manifested in their particular field of study. The Society wishes to promote work of a kind that might be published in the journal Past & Present and its book series, which is published by the Oxford University Press.
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 1 October 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, or a full-time lectureship, will not be eligible. The Fellowship 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. Fellows will be encouraged to submit their articles or books to the editors of Past & Present for consideration. 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 based on salary scales for the coming year. As a guideline it was worth £20, 374 during the 2014–15 academic year. It will be payable in four instalments through the Institute. Contributions to USS or other superannuation schemes on a similar scale will be made when this is requested and an arrangement can be agreed. The Society will, during the period of the Fellowship, be prepared to consider applications for help with the expenses of attending conferences. Although full funding may be provided in the case of UK-based conferences, help towards the cost of conferences elsewhere is likely to be more limited.