An Associate Fellow is likely to be a full-time academic researcher who is not affiliated to a university or similar HE centre, but is employed by an academic-related institution. Examples from among current Associate Fellows include English Heritage and The History of Parliament. They will normally hold a PhD qualification in history and have appropriate experience of scholarship in historical research. They will be expected to interact with the activities of the IHR and preference may be given to applicants whose research interests are related to the IHR’s current research centres and projects. Associate Fellowships are offered by the Institute’s Advisory Council. They are non-stipendiary and office facilities are not provided. The duration of the Fellowship will be three years in the first instance and can be renewed. At the end of the three-year term the holder will be required to submit a report. Applications must not be made by individuals wishing to become Associate Fellows. Rather, the head of the institution to which they belong should write to the Director of the IHR, outlining that institution's reasons for pursuing such a collaboration. Applications may then be considered on behalf of groups of such researchers. If it is agreed that the staff of a non-HEI institution may apply for Associate Fellow status, each Fellowship applicant should send to the Director of the IHR a current CV, a statement of research interests and an explanation of why the applicant requires the resources of the IHR. Two academic referees should be asked to send supporting letters for each applicant to the Director.