Ri Freer Prize Fellowships

Applications are now closed for the Freer Prize Fellowship.

a woman, a man and another woman stand in the Faraday lab of the Royal Institution
2021/22 Ri Freer Prize Fellows: Katy Duncan; Viswanathan Venkataraman; Aleksandra Kaye, Image credit: Paul Wilkinson

Applications for the Freer Fellowship 2023 to 2024 have now closed, applications will open January 2024 for the next round of Fellows. If you have any questions regarding the application process please get in touch via hpratt@ri.ac.uk.

Type of award: Prize Fellowship for doctoral candidates in their unfunded writing-up year.

Areas of research supported: history of science and technology; heritage conservation science; history of the Royal Institution.

Stipend: £18,000 (the Fellowship will pay maintenance but not fees).

Duration of Fellowship: 12 months.

Eligibility: At the point of taking up the award, applicants must be registered for graduate study at their home institution (and so have access to institutional resources). 

Deadline for applications: Applications open in early 2024.

Read about the previous Ri Freer Prize Fellows Katy Duncan, Viswanathan Venkataraman, and Aleksandra Kaye.

About the prize

The Ri Freer Prize Fellowships are intended as writing-up awards for doctoral candidates researching the history of science; history of the Royal Institution; or heritage conservation science. Ri Freer Prize Fellowships are awarded based on candidates’ ability to identify and communicate the significance and potential of their research in a compelling way that can engage a general interest audience. For further details see the Criteria for Assessment.

How to apply

To apply, please send the following documents via the link in the application from:

  • Personal details
  • CV (no more than 2 sides)
  • General interest pitch of the applicant’s doctoral research (750 words)
  • Introduction to yourself and your research (short film of no more than 3 minutes and should   be submitted in the form of a video link)
  • Thesis summary (no more than 500 words)
  • Names and contact details for 2 referees including PhD supervisor (referees will only be contacted at short-list stage).   

Help with your application

For further details such as criteria for assessment or more information regarding the fellowship please see the links below.

All written application materials should be in PDF format and all files must be clearly labelled to include name of applicant and type of document.

If you are unsure of how to submit a video link please follow the following guide on how to do so:

How to upload onto YouTube from Google

How to upload on to YouTube using your phone

How to upload your video from Wix  

Any queries should be directed to Freer Administrator Hannah Pratt hpratt@ri.ac.uk

About the Ri and Philip Freer

Founded in 1799, the Ri is a world-famous independent charity dedicated to enhancing public understanding of science and the role of science in society.

Among its many luminaries, the analytical chemist and pioneer of modern experimental physics, Michael Faraday, is the most famous.

Philip Freer was a collateral descendant of Faraday and a great philanthropist who established the Philip Freer Trust to support postgraduate students to “make a difference in the world”.