Applications being welcomed for unique Mayflower scholarship

Nov 11, 2019

An exciting opportunity has come up to play a leading role in the Mayflower 2020 campaign – and even meet with descendants of the original Pilgrims on the East Coast of America.

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 hopes 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, and applications are welcome from heritage professionals, journalists, academics, story tellers and creative individuals.

The deadline for applications is 3 January 2020, with interviews scheduled for the evenings of 9 January and 23 January at County Hall, West Bridgford.

Scrooby Manor in Nottinghamshire

The Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship (NRMTS) is a Nottinghamshire-based charity, established in 1946 in honour of then US President, Franklin D Roosevelt and the contribution he made to ending World War Two.

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, the NRMTS is 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.

The NRMTS 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 are available online at or by contacting us via e-mail at

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