Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship 2020

The Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship, in conjunction with Nottinghamshire County Council, is looking for an ambitious and driven individual to research and bring back to Nottinghamshire stories about the lives and legacies of the Nottinghamshire Pilgrims as part of the Mayflower 2020 campaign.

The campaign commemorates 400 years since the Mayflower Pilgrims sailed to America, with many settlers aboard the ship hailing from Nottinghamshire. In the hope of bringing a fresh perspective to the Mayflower project we are looking for applicants who are inquisitive, resourceful and can identify new perspectives.

Extensive knowledge of the Pilgrims is not a pre-requisite to applying. We welcome applications from heritage professionals, journalists, academics, story tellers and creative individuals. The deadline for applications is 3rd January 2020 with interviews scheduled for the evenings of 9th and 23rd January 2020 at County Hall, West Bridgford.

The Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship is a Nottinghamshire based charity, established in 1946 in honour of US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the contribution he made to ending WWII. The object of the scholarship is to promote further education, particularly of the history and way of life of the American people, with a view to building stronger links between Nottinghamshire and the US.

In 2020 we are providing the opportunity for a unique four week Mayflower scholarship in conjunction with Nottinghamshire County Council. The project will entail researching the life stories and legacies of some of the pilgrims who left Nottinghamshire on the Mayflower, bound for New England. The successful applicant will arrange to meet with descendants of these original settlers on the East Coast of the USA as well as with non-descendants and members of the Wampanoag tribe and will be expected to feed back their findings to the people of Nottinghamshire upon their return. The Mayflower Scholar will be awarded a scholarship of up to £2,000 plus the cost of a return flight to Boston. Further support may be available to individuals upon their return to the UK to ensure unique ways of effectively feeding back their findings. The successful applicant will be assigned a mentor to help them plan their trip, as well as being introduced to various County experts on the Pilgrims and being briefed on the history of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

This is a wonderful opportunity for self-development, to learn about a major part of Nottinghamshire and US history, to develop contacts within the US and to become a leading authority on the Mayflower Pilgrims.

We will be holding drop-in sessions for prospective applicants at Blend Café in Sneinton Market on Saturday mornings in November from 10am to 12 noon. Further details, including fascinating history and links to external websites, are available on our website
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