Past & Present Fellowships

Past & Present Fellowships are offered by the Past & Present Society and the Institute of Historical Research. Awards are for post-doctoral researchers and are available for two years. 


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About the P&P Fellowships

The Past & Present Society and the Institute of Historical Research will offer up to four two-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. 

Area of research: 

Social History (broadly defined)

Amount awarded: 

Please see guidelines


28th February 2023

Eligibility requirements

The Fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral applicants who have completed a doctoral degree in history in the past 18 months, 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 stipendiary postdoctoral research fellowship of 12 months or more, with a salary or stipend attached to it, or a full-time lectureship, will not be eligible. The Fellowship cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant, nor can it be used to fund a sabbatical year for the holder of a permanent academic position. 

A condition of the award is that Fellows should undertake further historical research and writing. The Fellowships are envisaged as an opportunity for Fellows to develop their doctoral research for publication and/or to work on a postdoctoral project; applicants should clearly indicate their plans in both respects. Fellows will be encouraged to submit their articles or books to the editors of Past & Present for consideration. Fellows will also be asked to curate a 'virtual issue' of the journal. Fellows will be required to be based at the IHR in London, and participate in the activities of the Institute, by regular attendance at and presentation of papers to appropriate seminars – including the Fellows’ Seminar - and by giving information and help to fellow scholars working in the same field. Fellows are expected to develop their own ideas for collaborative activities while at the Institute and some limited funds will be available to help support these activities.

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 to undertake this).

Applicants should note that the fellowship does not constitute employment of the University of London. 


Guidelines for applicants

PP Fellowships Guidelines 2023 PDF 200.91 KB

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