Philip Freer Fellowship Trust Administrator

To administer the Fellowships funded by the Philip Freer Fellowship Trust.


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Job title: Philip Freer Fellowship Trust Administrator

Accountable to: Head of Collections and Heritage

Location: 21 Albemarle Street, London/ Hybrid

Contract type: Fixed-term contract (6 months), 14 hours per week (0.4FTE) - flexible work pattern

Salary: £28,000 to £31,000 per annum, pro-rata (£11,200 to £12,400 per annum)

About the role

We have an opportunity for a new role as Freer Administrator, to take responsibility for administering the Fellowships funded by the Philip Freer Fellowship Trust.

The Trust’s aims are to support PhD research who are researching the history of science, the history of the Royal Institution, or conservation science. . The Trust awards 2-3 fellowships annually to PhD candidates who are completing their research in their unfunded fourth year.

Philip Freer was a collateral descendent of Michael Faraday and a philanthropist whose generous donation was intended to ensure researchers can “make a difference in the world”. As the successful applicant, you will use your excellent organisational skills and your knowledge of the academic world to help fulfil Freer’s aims.

The Trust’s funding is administered by the Royal Institution of Great Britain (Ri), a science charity with an extensive historic archive and a wide range of public and education programmes in London and online. You will be employed at the Ri, and there may be opportunities to extend your work to the Ri’s other activities, where funding permits.

Key responsibilities will be to support the existing Fellows in their funding, relationship building and mentoring and to coordinate a selection of new students including:

  • Publishing a call for new Fellows, including applicant guidance & selection criteria, and market the call via suitable higher education networks
  • Arranging and running a submissions process for applications, including acknowledgements, peer review and feedback for unsuccessful candidates

You will also support the Freer Trust by reporting to the Trustees for biannual meetings and liaising with other teams at the Ri to ensure the Trust fulfils its governance, reporting and regulatory requirements.

To be successful, you will bring:

  • Knowledge of the academic sector and extensive experience of organising (e.g. PhD programmes, fellowships, conferences) within a university context
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including to write authoritatively and persuasively for academic audiences


Please review the full job description and personal specification, and send your CV and a supporting statement (no more than 500 words) explaining why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience meet the criteria set out in the personal specification to by 9.00am on 6 December 2022

Interviews are expected to take place w/c 12 December

Equal opportunities

The Ri is committed to equality of opportunity at all stages of the recruitment process. The information supplied in the recruitment monitoring form will be treated in strict confidence and will only be seen by Human Resources. It will not form part of the selection process.

You may choose not to disclose some or all of the information requested in the form, and this will not affect your application in any way.

About the Royal Institution

The purpose of the Royal Institution is to connect as many people as possible with science. We've been doing it for well over 200 years and have an international reach, working with world-leading scientists, from Hannah Fry to Carlo Rovelli.

We talk, and listen, to the public. We help scientists talk, and listen, to the public. We develop critical thinking and a spirit of exploration in young people through our educational work.

Our activities include the world-famous CHRISTMAS LECTURES, talks from leading scientists and thinkers, explosive science shows, engaging school programmes, the Faraday Museum, our archival collections, and our innovative digital engagement activities, including live-streamed talks and our YouTube channel, which has over one million subscribers.

We believe that science is transformative. It shapes our world, and everyone should have a say in how it is used in our lives.