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R.J. Hunter Postdoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship scheme, established in memory of the Ulster Plantation historian, R.J. Hunter aims to encourage research on the history of the Ulster Plantation (c.1550–1750) and other cognate areas, including patterns of migration from and to Britain and North America.

R. J. Hunter was a highly respected historian of the Ulster plantation, who spent the bulk of his academic career teaching at the University of Ulster. His varied research interests included the role of the English settler in the Ulster plantation, the history of Ulster trade and migration from and to Britain and North America and development of towns, and the cultural and intellectual history of Ulster from 1580 to 1660.

The R. J. Hunter Grants Scheme was established in 2014 using funding generously made available by his daughter, Ms Laura Hunter Houghton, through the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Phase one of the R.J. Hunter scheme saw the funding of two post-doctoral fellowships.

These projects were entitled ‘An ethnohistory of Gaelic Ulster, 1500–1700’ (Dr Gerard Farrell, Trinity College Dublin) and ‘The Goldsmiths Company of London and the Londonderry Plantation under James I’ (Dr David Heffernan, Queen’s University Belfast).

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