Pearsall Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History

The Alan Pearsall Bequest and the Institute of Historical Research will offer a one-year postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History for 2023–24 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.

About the Pearsall Fellowship in Naval and Maritime History

Area of research: 

Naval and Maritime History in any period from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West until the 21st century.

Amount awarded: 


What we offer

Fellows will be offered the mentorship of the IHR’s academics and other staff across the School of Advanced Study. This will include help in planning the future, through: career advice; assistance with applications for jobs, postdocs and fellowships; mock interviews; and guidance with publication plans and research grant applications. Augmenting our close connections across academia, the IHR’s extensive partnerships will be open to those Fellows who are interested in working in sectors outside of the academy. Fellows will have the support of our Fellowships Officer throughout the fellowship. At the IHR they will have access to our world-renowned Wohl Library, extended electronic resources, and our extensive seminar and events programme.  

Our Fellows’ seminar programme provides an opportunity for each Fellow to present their research in a collegial atmosphere, before their peers, senior historians, and others. Fellows have free access to the IHR’s research training courses, and are offered a number of exclusive, tailored training workshops.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants may be of any nationality, and their PhD (or equivalent) may have been awarded in any country.

Applicants must already have submitted their doctoral thesis for examination, or be prepared to do so by 1 October of the academic year in which the award is to be held. Applicants who already hold doctorates must have been awarded them in the five years prior to October 2023.

Those who have previously held another postdoctoral research fellowship of 12 months or more will not be eligible. 

The fellowship cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.

If you have a query about your eligibility to apply for this, please contact the Fellowships Officer at

Information for applicants

Pearsall Fellowships Guidelines 2023 PDF 198.56 KB

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Deadline: 30th June 2023

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