RA011021 - Jean Curry Memorial Fellowship

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Posted: 01/10/2021 14:58
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £22,500 per annum
Location: Leeds
Level: Administration
Deadline: 18/11/2021 15:00
Hours: 36.00
Benefits: T&Cs to be discussed at interview
Job Type: Fixed Term

 

The fellowship will be worth £22,500 per annum, pro rata for the nine month duration of the fellowship, and may not be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant. As well as the core salary, it offers over £4,000 in additional funding for research expenses and conference attendance.

The Jean Curry Memorial Fellowship is a nine month postdoctoral fellowship, hosted by the Royal Armouries. Applications are encouraged for work on the history of arms and armour, defined broadly, without restriction of time period or geography.

The Royal Armouries is the UK’s national collection of arms and armour, with its roots in the medieval stockpile of war material at the Tower of London. It now operates across three sites: its historic home at the Tower of London; a purpose-built site in Leeds, to which the majority of the collection moved in 1996; and a Victorian fortification outside Portsmouth, which houses most of the artillery collection. Its collections have a wide-ranging global remit, with significant holdings from Europe, Africa and Asia, and are recognised as one of the most prestigious and comprehensive collections of their type in the world. In addition to the museum’s collection of objects, it has extensive archival collections dealing with the development of arms and armour, and a well-stocked specialist library.

The Jean Curry Memorial Fellowship is intended to promote study of arms and armour to the highest standards with a view to publication. This fellowship will be awarded to one postdoctoral candidate who has successfully completed their viva voce examination for a doctoral degree in any field of study, between 1 August 2020 and 1 August 2021.  Although successful applicants will not be expected to be resident in any of the cities from which the museum operates, the project should make the fullest use possible of the museum’s collection and resources. Candidates will also be able to draw on the specialist knowledge of the museum’s curators, conservators, archivists, and librarians in conducting their research.

The deadline for applications is 3:00pm on Thursday 18 November 2021. For further details, see the below particulars or contact the museum’s Research Manager at mark.bennett@armouries.org.uk.

Nature of the award

  1. The Jean Curry Memorial Fellowship is a nine month postdoctoral fellowship, hosted by the Royal Armouries. Applications are encouraged for work on the history of arms and armour, defined broadly, without restriction of time period or geography.
  2. The Fellowship is intended to promote study of arms and armour to the highest standards, with a view to publication.
  3. The Royal Armouries gratefully acknowledges the donation from Professor Anne Curry, former trustee of the museum, which has made this award possible.

Nature of the collection

  1. The Royal Armouries is the UK’s national collection of arms and armour, with its roots in the medieval stockpile of war material at the Tower of London.
  2. It now operates across three sites: its historic home at the Tower of London; a purpose-built site in Leeds, to which the majority of the collection moved in 1996; and a Victorian fortification outside Portsmouth, which houses most of the artillery collection.
  3. Its collections have a wide-ranging global remit, with significant holdings from Europe, Africa and Asia, and are recognised as one of the most prestigious and comprehensive collections of their type in the world.
  4. Notable collections include significant medieval holdings; royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil Wars, including the Littlecote House armoury; British and foreign military weapons from the Office of Ordnance and Ministry of Defence Pattern Room collections; and extensive holdings of arms and armour from Asia and Africa, including objects with Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Ottoman, and Sudanese heritage. The museum also preserves cultural objects associated with arms and armour, from Reubens paintings to movie props.
  5. As well as the museum’s collection of objects, its archives hold material dealing with the development of arms and armour, the history of the Tower of London and its associated institutions, and topics ranging from chivalry and knighthood to warfare and military science.
  6. Its library’s special collections contain early books on fencing and the art of warfare, military manuals and drill books, official handbooks and training manuals, and illustrated books on chivalry and knighthood, while the main library collection has extensive holdings of secondary and primary literature covering areas pertinent to the museum’s role.

What the Fellowship offers

  1. The Fellowship will be worth £22,500 per annum, pro rata for the nine month duration of the Fellowship. This makes the gross pay £16,875. Candidates will also be eligible to join the museum’s pension scheme, which offers matched funding on contributions.
  2. The Fellowship will have access to up to £750 in travel expenses, to enable the successful candidate to attend conferences and disseminate their research, and up to £3,500 in research expenses to access collections and archives or to conduct other experimental research.
  3. The Fellowship will provide access to the museum’s collections of arms and armour; its specialist library and resources; and its archival collections. It will also provide access to the knowledge and experience, both in terms of conducting research and disseminating its results. of the museum’s curatorial and conservation teams, its registrars, archivist and librarian, and its public engagement, marketing, and digital content teams.
  4. In addition, the Fellowship will provide a platform within the museum to disseminate the results. This includes access to the museum’s facilities across its sites as well as to its social media channels. The museum regularly stages events such as online lectures and conferences which attract a global audience, specialist and generalist alike.

Eligibility

  1. This fellowship will be awarded to one postdoctoral candidate who has successfully completed their viva voce examination for a doctoral degree in any field of study, between 1 September 2019 and 1 October 2021. 
  2. Although successful applicants will not be expected to be resident in any of the cities from which the museum operates, the project should make the fullest use possible of the museum’s collection and resources.
  3. The Fellowship is intended as a first academic post. As such, those who have previously held another postdoctoral research fellowship, or any other full-time academic post lasting for more than one academic year in duration, are not eligible for the Fellowship.
  4. The Fellowship may not be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.
  5. As the museum is unable to sponsor visa applications, the role is open only to those with the right to work in the UK.
  6. For any questions on eligibility, please contact the museum’s research manager Mark Bennett (mark.bennett@armouries.org.uk.)

Equality, diversity and inclusion

  1. The museum welcomes applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the heritage and academic sectors.
  2. The museum is prepared to accommodate factors including part-time working or temporary suspension of the Fellowship.

Selection policy

  1. Selection will be based on:
    1. The significance and originality of the project.
    2. Its relevance for the collection and the museum’s research aims, including the ongoing work associated with the inclusivity and democratisation of the narratives that it presents.
    3. The quality of the candidate’s research record and academic qualifications.
    4. The viability of the timeline and the quality of proposed outputs.
    5. Plans for career development.
  2. The museum will not be able to provide feedback on proposals or applications to unsuccessful candidates.

Deadlines and submission

  1. To be considered for the Fellowship, candidates must provide:
    1. a two-page research proposal with an overview of the candidate’s suggested project, covering:
      1. The project and its significance.
      2. Its relevance for the collection and the museum’s research aims.
      3. A brief timeline for the project and proposed outputs (both publications and other forms).
      4. How completion of the project will support the candidate’s career development.
    2. A two-page academic CV including previous qualifications and publication record.
    3. A sample of academic writing of up to 10,000 words including footnotes.
    4. Two academic references which comment on both the candidate’s record and the rigour and significance of the project, provided by individuals with appropriate academic and professional standing in the UK or overseas. These should be printed on paper headed with the referee’s institutional affiliation, signed by the referee, and scanned. They should include sufficient contact details (at minimum an email address) that will enable the museum to validate the reference provided.
  2. How to apply, candidates should:
    1. Complete the basic job application found HERE In the ‘Supporting Statement’ section please input your two-page research proposal.’
    2. Email an application pack, consisting of:
      1. Research proposal
      2. CV
      3. Academic writing sample
      4. Two academic references to recruitment@armouries.org.uk. These files should be formatted as  Adobe Acrobat .pdf files, and be contained in a zipped folder formatted as ‘[Candidate’s name].zip’. Filenames should be formatted as:
      1. ‘01 – [Candidate name] Research proposal.pdf’
      2. ‘02 – [Candidate name] CV.pdf’
      3. ‘03 – [Candidate name] Writing sample.pdf’
      4. ‘04 – [Candidate name] Reference 1.pdf’

‘05 – [Candidate name] Reference 2.pdf’

  1. The email containing the application pack should include the following declaration.

“I can confirm that I meet the eligibility requirements for the Jean Curry Memorial Fellowship as follows:

  • I successfully completed my viva voce examination for a doctoral degree on [date].
  • I have not held another postdoctoral research fellowship, nor any other full-time academic post lasting for more than one academic year.
  • I will not hold the Fellowship in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant.
  • I have the right to work in the United Kingdom.”


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