Paulsen Fellowships

How to apply

The Paulsen Programme will provide up to 15 fellowships for early and mid- career historians in Russian academic and educational institutions each year from 2018/19 to 2022/23 to Russian historians whose research requires them to work in foreign archives and libraries. Note that fellowships will support research in archives and libraries in any country outside Russia, and are not limited to research in the UK.

The fellowships are open to all historians in Russia who are working on the period from the mid seventeenth century down to 1918. In other words, it includes both historians of Russia and of other regions of the world.

The next round of applications for Fellowships for 2020-21 has been postponed due to the COVID-19 global crisis.  We are keeping the situation under review and hope to launch applications for the next  round in October 2020 to take place in 2021. For the next round of applications, please note applicants need to submit:

  • a brief (not more than 1000 word) statement of their research, why it is significant and why it requires work in foreign archives and libraries
  • Curriculum Vitae and list of publications
  • letter in support from a senior academic historian familiar with them and their research. 

Fellowships can be held for any length of time from 1 to 3 months and applicants must explain what length of fellowship they need and why. Fellows who receive awards in one year are eligible to apply in subsequent years too. Applicants should apply by email to

The Paulsen Programme will cover all costs for visas, economy travel, accommodation and board (on conditions and at rates as per LSE and UK HMRC policy), and will also reimburse costs for medical insurance.  Please note that recipients must provide evidence before leaving Russia that they have acquired adequate medical insurance for their time abroad.  The Programme will provide supporting documentation if required for visa applications.