Archive Fellowship

The Honor Frost Archive Annual Visiting Fellowship Award offers the opportunity to visit the Maritime Archaeology Special Collections at the University of Southampton Library to conduct research on a topic centred on the Honor Frost Archive. The Fellowship is awarded annually and aims to raise awareness of the HF Archive within the archaeological research community, to facilitate new research into the Southampton Maritime Archaeology Special Collections, and to disseminate the research outcomes to academic and non-academic audiences. This is an open call and applications are invited all year round. 

Successful candidates can spend up to two months, or the part-time equivalent, at the Maritime Archaeology Special Collections, researching the Honor Frost Archive.

The Visiting Fellow will receive:

  • A grant of £5,000 to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses,
  • Access to the Special Collections, and to staff with specialist knowledge of the collection in question when available.

The Visiting Fellow will be required to provide, as a minimum: 

  • A seminar or lecture on their research, in consultation with the HFF and the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton, at the University of Southampton,
  • Research output in the form of a recorded lecture, conference paper, a publication or a scholarly digital resource. (Any published outputs to be Open Access and must acknowledge the Foundation and the grant.),
  • Contribute to the HFF social media activities,
  • A short report to be placed on the Foundation website describing the research experience.
Below are details of the fellowship eligibility and selection criteria:
  • The Fellowship is open to researchers external to the University of Southampton, in relevant disciplines at all levels from PhD onwards
  • Fellows would need to ensure that they are eligible to conduct research in the UK before applying for the grant
  • Successful candidates would be required to demonstrate the need to consult specific sections within the Honor Frost Archive and apply them to innovative research.

In order to apply please submit the following by email to

  • A research proposal (1,000 words maximum) that specifies the nature of the research and the aspects of the archive that will be consulted, the timescale of the research, and how the research will be disseminated. Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and satisfies the aims of the Fellowship
  • A curriculum vitae including a list of publications or other research outputs
  • Two letters of support from referees, commenting on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the proposed research would make to scholarship.
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