Economic History Society Fellowships

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The Economic History Society (EHS), in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research (IHR), offers up to four one-year postdoctoral Fellowships in economic and/or social history, tenable at the Institute. Fellows will not be required to be resident in London but should participate in the activities of the Institute by attendance at – and the presentation of a paper to – an appropriate seminar series and by networking with fellow scholars.

Eligibility

The Fellowships will be awarded to postdoctoral candidates who have recently completed a doctoral degree in economic and/or social 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. The Fellowships are open to candidates who are British citizens and/or holders of a degree from a British university. It is the intention of the Economic History Society to promote work of a kind that might be published in the leading refereed academic journals in economic and/or social history. Fellows will be expected to pursue research in economic and/or social history at an advanced level with a view to publication.

These awards cannot be held in conjunction with any other substantial maintenance grant, nor can they be used to fund a sabbatical year for the holder of a permanent academic position. At the discretion of the Director of the Institute, Fellows may engage in teaching or other paid work for up to six hours per week.

It is important that applicants demonstrate that the research proposed in their applications is in the field of economic and/or social history, both broadly defined.

Stipends

The Fellowship stipend will be £22,000 (an additional £2,000 will be paid for fellowships held in London institutions).  The stipend will be payable in four instalments through the Institute.

In addition, the Economic History Society will fund travel costs for each Fellow for up to four visits to the Institute of Historical Research during the period of his/her Fellowship, subject to the provision of receipts and the Society’s standard procedures for funding travelling expenses. Fellows are eligible to apply to the Economic History Society’s Research Fund for Graduate Students to support minor research costs and conference attendance. Details of the scheme are available here.

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    Affiliation

    Fellows must be affiliated with a British university for the duration of their Fellowships. In this context, ‘affiliation’ means an informal arrangement whereby Fellows will have access to academic staff who are familiar with their area of research and with whom they can discuss their work. This does not need to be arranged during the application process, although, if called for interview, candidates should be able to suggest likely institutions.

    It is the responsibility of Fellows to ensure that the university with which they are affiliated provides the support that they require.

    Visas

    Fellows, if they do not have the right to reside and study in the UK, will require a visa, and must ascertain what category of visa is most suitable for them.

    The University of London is licensed to issue sponsorship certificates for Tier 5 visas. If Fellows need to enter the UK under a Tier 5 visa, they should apply for a sponsorship certificate through the IHR Fellowship Office, which they can then use in their visa application to the Home Office. Further details of visa categories can be found here.

    Equality and Diversity

    The Economic History Society and the Institute of Historical Research are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity for all. Fellows may suspend the fellowship for a period of up to 12 months to allow for, for example, parental leave, ill health, caring responsibilities or a career development opportunity. Please do contact the Director of the IHR should you wish to suspend your Fellowship. Applications will be considered on an individual basis, in line with University of London’s diversity and equality policies.

    Final Report

    Within three months of the end of the Fellowship period (i.e. before 1 January 2022), each Fellow will send to the Institute of Historical Research (by email) a written report on the Fellowship experience, detailing the activities undertaken during the period of his/her Fellowship and an outline of future career plans.

    Selection Policies

    The EHS is committed to promoting diversity, and the interview panel will be chosen accordingly. Panel members will assess the quality of applications with reference to the following criteria:

    • The academic record of the candidate as exhibited by CV and references.
    • The importance of the proposed research to the applicant’s field and its prospects for publication in a leading academic journal or monograph series in economic and/or social history.
    • The prospects for completing research within the time projected and funds awarded.
    • All other considerations being equal, the candidate’s likely contribution to the academic life of the IHR.

    The School of Advanced Study

    Applicants are strongly advised to investigate the resources that are available to them within the University of London and particularly at the School of Advanced Study, to which the IHR belongs.

    Further Particulars

    The Economic History Society’s objective in awarding the Fellowships is to further research in economic and/or social history by enabling new researchers to strengthen their research record with a view to following a career which will enable them to undertake high-quality research in the field. The Power and Postan Fellowships are also supported financially by the Power and Postan Fellowships trusts administered by the London School of Economics.

    Candidates may be asked at the interview what difference a Fellowship would make to their prospects of sustaining research in economic/social history in future.

    Holders of Fellowships should acknowledge the Society’s financial support in publications which result from the Fellowship.

    The Society seeks to encourage research across a broad range of economic/social history.

  • Past winners

    2020/21

    Power Fellowship: Hannah Telling (Glasgow)
    The legal regulation of male violence in Scotland, 1850-1914

    Postan Fellowship: Sadie Jarrett (Bangor)
    ‘Of great kindred and alliance’: The status and identity of the Salesburys of Rhug and Bachymbyd, c.1475-c.1660

    Tawney Fellowship: Joseph de La Hausse Lalouvière (Harvard)
    Enslavement and empire in the French Caribbean, 1793-1851

    Anniversary Fellowship: Damian Clavel (Oxford)
    Financial fraud, sovereign debt and business imperialism: A micro-history of Poyais’ failure 1820-24

    2019/20

    Power Fellowship: Rebecca Mason (Glasgow)
    Married women, property and law in early modern Scotland

    Postan Fellowship: Matt Raven (UCL)
    Wool smuggling in fourteenth-century England: Economy, state and society in the late middle ages

    Tawney Fellowship: Joshua Rhodes (Cambridge)
    New perspectives on capitalist farming in England, 1700-1800

    Anniversary Fellowship: Charlie Taverner (Birkbeck, London)
    Food and early modern social history

    2018/19

    Power Fellowship: Mark Hay (King’s College London)
    The matriarchs of Amsterdam high finance: Female financial management and the consolidation of the Amsterdam capital market, 1813-25

    Postan Fellowship: Hannah Robb (Manchester)
    Arbitration and credit in the Ecclesiastical Courts of York

    Tawney Fellowship: Hannah Young (Huddersfield)
    Gender, family and British slave-ownership

    Anniversary Fellowship: David Hope (Newcastle)
    Britain and the fur trade: Companies, commerce, and consumers in the North-Atlantic world, 1783-1821

    2017/18

    Power Fellowship: Angela Muir (Cardiff)
    Deviant maternity: Illegitimacy in eighteenth-century Wales

    Postan Fellowship: Irene Bavuso (Oxford)
    Political and economic development on frontiers: the Scheldt-Meuse Paradigm

    Tawney Fellowship: Meng Wu (LSE)
    Cooperation or confrontation? A comparative study of Chinese modern banks and foreign banks in China, 1912-37

    Anniversary Fellowship: Rebecca Simson (LSE)
    Social mobility in postcolonial Africa

    2016/17

    Power Fellowship: Charmian Mansell (Exeter)
    A new history of female service in early modern England, 1550-1650

    Postan Fellowship: Joseph Harley (Sussex)
    Life in the English workhouse, c.1690-1834

    Tawney Fellowship: Gary Luk (Cambridge)
    Water borders: ethnicities, empires, and trades in late Imperial and Modern China’s Littorals

    Anniversary Fellowship: Karolina Hutkova (LSE)
    British political economy and the nineteenth-century Bengal silk industry

    2015/16

    Power Fellowship: John Morgan (Exeter)
    Financing flood security in eastern England, 1567-1826

    Postan Fellowship: Paul Kreitman (SOAS)
    Economic and social dimensions of sovereignty in the North Pacific, 1861-1965

    Tawney Fellowship: Judy Stephenson (Cambridge)
    Occupation and labour market institutions in London 1600-1800

    Anniversary Fellowship: Alice Dolan (UCL)
    Re-fashioning the working class: mechanisation and materiality in England 1800-56

    2014/15

    Power Fellowship: Pamela Schievenin (Glasgow)
    Being a working woman in a Catholic country: work and identity in post-war Italy, 1945-70

    Postan Fellowship: Jordan Claridge (Cambridge)
    Managing milk, making a living: dairying and dairypeople in medieval England c.1250-1450

    Tawney Fellowship: Caroline Nielsen (UCL)
    Disabled by the state: the Pensioners of the Chest at Chatham and their communities, 1660-1807

    Anniversary Fellowship: Natacha Postel-Vinay (Warwick)
    Financial stability and deposit insurance in developed economies, 1920-present

    2013/14

    Power Fellowship: Amanda Wilkinson (Essex)
    Invisible workers? The recording of women’s occupations in the Victorian censuses

    Postan Fellowship: Ling Fan Li (LSE)
    The stop of Exchequer: was English domestic and international credit market disintegrated?

    Tawney Fellowship: Maria Waldinger (LSE)
    How does the effect of climate on economic growth change in an industrialising world? Evidence from variation in temperature changes and industrialisation in Europe, 1500-1950

    Anniversary Fellowship: David Churchill (Birkbeck College, London)
    Crime, commerce and security in nineteenth-century England

    2012/13

    Power Fellowship: Jennifer Aston (Birmingham)
    Feckless fraudsters or feeble failures? Female bankruptcy in Victorian and Edwardian England

    Postan Fellowship: Alex Brown (Durham)
    Estate management and institutional constraints in rural economic development in the north of England, 1400-1640

    Tawney Fellowship: James Bowen (Lancaster)
    Contrasting commons: cottagers, common land and common right in pre-industrial England and Wales

    Anniversary Fellowship: James Boyd (Cardiff)
    The costs of German economic unification

    2011/12

    Power Fellowship: Justin Colson (RHUL)
    Neighbourhoods, networks and trades: local society in London, c.1400-1540

    Postan Fellowship: Katerina Galani (Oxford)
    From Constantinople to the City of London: Greek merchant bankers, 1820-80

    Tawney Fellowship: Carry van Lieshout (KCL)
    The eighteenth-century water market: natural resources, market institutions and mediating distance

    Anniversary Fellowship: Eric Golson (Oxford)
    Dictatorship over food? The causes of the Spanish famine, 1939-59

    EHS Fellowship: David Pretel (Cambridge)
    Crossing empires: foreign patenting activities in the Spanish Caribbean plantation economy, 1850-1902

    2010/11

    Power Fellowship: Ceri-Anne Fidler (Cardiff)
    Lascars, c.1850-1950: The lives and identities of Indian seafarers in Imperial Britain

    Postan Fellowship: Niels van Manen (York)
    The Climbing Boy Campaigns: new perspectives on governance, medicine and childhood in Britain, c.1770-1840

    Tawney Fellowship: Siobhan Talbott (St Andrews) (Until December 2010)
    ‘Every man lives by exchanging’: The British commercial dynamic on the French Atlantic Coast, c.1603-1707

    Tawney Fellowship: Mark Hailwood (Warwick) (From April 2011)
    Alehouses and sociability in seventeenth-century England

    Anniversary Fellowship: Alison Gilmour (Glasgow)
    Examining the ‘hard-boiled bunch’: Work culture and industrial relations at the Linwood car plant, c.1963-81

    2009/10

    Power Fellowship: Rebecca Oakes (Winchester)
    Mortality and life expectancy: Winchester College and New College, Oxford c. 1393 – c. 1540

    Postan Fellowship: Alexandra Sapoznik (Cambridge)
    English peasant agriculture in the fourteenth century

    Tawney Fellowship: Koji Yamamoto (York)
    The culture of projecting in seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century England: distrust, innovations, and public service

    Anniversary Fellowship: Amy Lloyd (Cambridge)
    Popular perceptions of emigration in Britain

    2008/9

    Power Fellowship: Bronach Kane (York)
    Memory and gender in the late medieval church courts of York

    Postan Fellowship: Aashish Velkar (LSE)
    Markets, standards and transactions: measurements in the nineteenth century British economy

    Tawney Fellowship: Henry Meier (Birkbeck)
    Smallpox in Stuart London: causes and effects of an emerging disease

    Anniversary Fellowship: Stuart Sweeney (Oxford)
    Indian railways in the period of high imperialism, 1875-1914: war, famine and gentlemanly capitalism

    2007/8

    Power Fellowship: Ayowa Afrifa Taylor (LSE)
    An economic history of the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation, 1895-2004: land, labour, capital, enterprise

    Postan Fellowship: Mark Smith (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)
    Rubble to Communism: the urban housing programme in the Soviet Union, 1944-64

    Tawney Fellowship: Jonathan Healey (Oxford)
    Marginality and misfortune: poverty and social welfare in Lancashire, c.1630-1760

    Anniversary Fellowship: Katie Barclay (Glasgow)
    Marital relationships in Scotland, 1650-1850

    2006/7

    Power Fellowship: Gagan Sood (Paul Mellon Centre)
    Eurasia and the transition to modernity: the framework of mercantile relations; a cross-cultural trade in the Arabian Sea region, c.1730-90

    Postan Fellowship: Natalya Chernyshova (KCL)
    Shopping with Brezhnev: Soviet urban consumer culture, 1964-85

    Tawney Fellowship: Nicole Robertson (Nottingham)*
    The impact of the co-operative movement on communities in the Midlands, 1914-60

    *Monograph published 2010: The Cooperative Movement and Communities in Britain, 1914-60

    2005/6

    Power Fellowship: Matthew Stevens (Aberystwyth)
    Race, gender and wealth in a medieval Welsh borough: access to capital, market participation and status in Ruthin, 1312-22

    Postan Fellowship: Emma Jones (RHUL)
    Abortion in England, 1861-1967

    Tawney Fellowship: Miatta Fahnbulleh (LSE)
    The elusive quest for industrialisation in Africa: a comparative study of Ghana and Kenya, c.1950-2000

    2004/5

    Power Fellowship: Philadelphia Ricketts (Liverpool)
    A comparison of widows’ power, property and family strategies in Iceland and Yorkshire in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries

    Postan Fellowship: Mark Rothery (Exeter)
    The social transformation of a traditional elite in modern England: the landed gentry of Devon, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire c.1870-1939

    Tawney Fellowship: Abigail Wills (Cambridge)
    Making citizens: reforming the juvenile delinquent, England 1950-70

    2003/4

    Postan Fellowship: Tracy Denison (Cambridge)
    The extent of commerce and the land market within Russian serfdom, a detailed case study

    Power Fellowship: James Walker (LSE)
    The decline of the British motor industry: product design, advertising and gender

    Tawney Fellowship: Matteo Rizzo (SOAS)
    Re-evaluation of the long term influence of the Ground Nuts Scheme in southern Tanzania

    Anniversary Fellowship: Christopher Beauchamp (Cambridge)
    The institutional and legal framework constituting the politics of the telephone industry in Britain and the US

    2002/3

    Power Fellowship: Julie Marfany (Cambridge)
    Industrialisation and demographic change in Catalonia, 1680-1829

    Postan Fellowship: Ben Dodds (Durham)
    Using tithe evidence to consider shifts in agrarian output between the peasant and demesne sectors between the Tyne and Tees, 1350-1450

    Tawney Fellowship: James Taylor (Kent, Canterbury)
    ‘Wealth makes worship’: attitudes to joint stock enterprise in British law, politics, and culture, c.1800-c.1870

    Anniversary Fellowship: Sakis Gekas (Essex)
    The merchant elite of the Ionian Islands under British rule, 1815-64

    2001/2

    Power Fellowship: Rosemary Elliot (Glasgow)
    Smoking and social identity among women in the twentieth century

    Postan Fellowship: Martin Rorke (Edinburgh)
    Scottish overseas trade, 1275/86-1597

    Tawney Fellowship: James Davis (Cambridge)
    The perceptions and reality of traders and commercialisation in medieval Suffolk, 1350-1450

    2000/1

    Power Fellowship: Susan Wright (Sheffield Hallam)
    Mass tourism as an individual experience: a history of package tourism, 1950-90

    Postan Fellowship (split between 2 candidates):
    (1) Ilaria Meliconi (Oxford)
    From tools to machines and from workshop to factory: industrialisation in British scientific instruments, 1862-1900
    (2) Mar Rubio (LSE)
    The inclusion of resource depletion into measures of economic performance. Oil depletion in Mexico and Venezuela along the twentieth century

    Tawney Fellowship: Jerome Destombes (LSE)
    Inherited deprivation in a changing savanna. Poverty traps in north-eastern Ghana, c.1930-90

    1999/2000

    Power Fellowship: Helen Macnaughtan (LSE)
    The female workforce in post-war Japan 1955-75: the case of the cotton textile industry

    Postan Fellowship: Tanya Evans (Goldsmiths, London)
    Unmarried motherhood in eighteenth century London

    Tawney Fellowship: Mark Freeman (Glasgow)
    The history of social investigation in Britain 1870-1914, with special reference to rural life

  • Application details

    Deadlines

    • Complete applications must be received at the Institute of Historical Research no later than 3 April 2020. Incomplete applications, or applications arriving after this date, will not be considered.
    • Before completing your application you will need to create an account in the online application system. It can take up to 24 hours for new accounts to be approved so please ensure you create your account well in advance of the competition deadline.
    • Two supporting letters of reference must be received by no later than 17 April 2020.
    • Interviews will be held in June/July 2020.

    Application Contents

    As well as completing the ‘Personal Details’, ‘Education’ and ‘Referees’ sections, applicants should also upload the following three documents:

    • A one-page CV, listing any educational details, publications, research papers and other relevant academic information not submitted elsewhere in the application. Your name must be included on all pages. 
    • A summary of the doctoral thesis (no more than 750 words). Your name and page numbers must be included on all pages.
    • A postdoctoral research proposal with timetable for completion (no more than 1,000 words). This should include a clear statement indicating how the proposal contributes to the existing literature on economic and/or social history, both broadly defined. Your name and page numbers must be included on all pages.

    EHS applicants do not need to upload the sample of written work which is requested in the Postdoctoral Fellowships ‘Upload Section’ of the online application form.

    The deadline date for the receipt of applications has been extended to: 17 April 2020.  All references must be received at the IHR by 1 May 2020.

    Application  Format

    • Hard copy applications will be deemed ineligible.  Only applications made using the IHR’s online application system will be considered.
    • Applications for which the requested supporting documents (one-page CV, thesis summary and research proposal) are not uploaded will be deemed ineligible.
    • Applications which do not receive their full complement of two supporting letters of reference will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her referees supply letters in support of the application.

    References

    Once an application has been submitted, a standard email will be sent to the addresses supplied by the applicant in the ‘Referees’ section of the online application form. Applicants may arrange instead for a portfolio of generic references to be sent by their university, where such a service is offered. In that case the box in the ‘Referees’ section marked ‘Portfolio to follow’ should be ticked, and the referee details left blank. All letters must be emailed as Word document attachments to IHR.Fellowships@sas.ac.uk and the applicant’s surname must appear in the subject line of the email.

    It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that his/her referees supply letters in support of the application, and it is strongly advised that referees are contacted well before the application is submitted. Applications which do not receive their full complement of two supporting letters of recommendation by 20 April 2020 will not be considered.

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