Engagement Fellowship Opportunity 2021


[Deadline extended to 9am on Monday 10 May]



Antarctica’s heritage is imbued with remarkable tales of science, exploration and extraordinary human endeavour. Bringing these stories to life is core to our mission and on behalf of the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), we are delighted to be hosting an Engagement Fellowship this summer to bring more of these untold stories to light.

This post will enable a current postgraduate student to carry out research in the history of science, drawing on the unique collections at the British Antarctic Survey archives in Cambridge. The Fellowship is one month’s placement, which may be completed over 2-3 months, and the successful applicant will collaborate with UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) staff to produce public-facing digital outputs on their research. An additional grant will be available to support these activities.

  • Fee payable to Fellow: £1,000
  • Deadline for applications [extended]: 9am on 10 May 2021
  • Fellowship to be completed by: October 2021

About the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust

UKAHT is a UK-based charity that is responsible for the care of six former British scientific stations and designated Historic Sites and Monuments on the Antarctic Peninsula, dating from 1944 to the early 1990s. Our sites represent the birthplace of British science in Antarctica – with our flagship site being Port Lockroy – a working seasonal museum with a unique collection of artefacts, an inquisitive gentoo penguin colony and the world’s most southerly public Post Office.

Our sites represent a period of Antarctic history which saw the birth of the formal scientific programme by the precursors of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in Cambridge, who care for the archives relevant to this Fellowship. They provide a unique source of scientific polar data and information about organising and undertaking world-class research in a remote and hostile environment and the human stories alongside.

UKAHT’s mission is to promote a greater public engagement with Antarctica, through heritage conservation, storytelling and effective advocacy. We believe that stories of human endeavour in Antarctica feed our imaginations and our understanding of Antarctica’s impact on our world, our lives and future. By connecting people with the wonder of Antarctica, we promote a greater understanding of this phenomenal place and the role we all have in protecting it.

About the project

One of our key objectives is to inspire an ever-widening range of people with the stories and legacy of science, exploration and human endeavour embedded in our Antarctic heritage. One aspect of this is to discover and share the lesser-known stories, and this project aims to research and present some of the stories of Antarctic science and discovery by women and people from less well represented groups.

Through the rich archives of the British Antarctic Survey, the sites and artefacts in UKAHT’s care the researcher will uncover a series of stories which will then be shared with our global audience online (film, event or blogs) and in future outputs such as on-site interpretation and virtual reality projects.

Person specification

  • A current postgraduate student
  • An interest in Antarctica, climate science and heritage
  • An understanding of the importance of historical collections and archives to current research
  • A commitment to diversity and representation in the stories we tell
  • An understanding of the importance of public engagement in inspiring all ages and backgrounds to discover, value and protect Antarctica

We would particularly like to encourage those from diverse ethnic backgrounds, people belonging to minority religions, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities and long-term conditions to apply to bring fresh perspectives through their lived experience.

To apply

To apply, please send the following to jobs@ukaht.org by 9am on Monday 10 May 2021:

  • A cover letter outlining why you are interested in the role and any relevant previous experience that you may have (maximum 1 side of A4)
  • Your CV (maximum 2 sides of A4

For more information, please contact Camilla Nichol, Chief Executive (camilla@ukaht.org)

NB: The deadline has been extended to 9am on Monday 10 May 2021. 

Cover image: © Robin Perry, 1958

Can you support our work? Help to protect Antarctica's heritage

The pandemic has had a significant impact on our charity and we need your generosity now more than ever. By supporting our work you can help to conserve historic buildings and artefacts in Antarctica and contribute to the protection of its unique natural environment and wildlife. Every donation is helping to support our return to Antarctica to continue our conservation programme, reopen our museum and post office, and undertake vital repairs. Join us and be part of the story.

Make a gift today