Oxford University Bodleian Visiting Fellowships, UK

Publish Date: Nov 17, 2015

Deadline: Dec 14, 2015

Bodleian Visiting Fellowship

  • Fellowships are intended for research using the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries.
  • Fellows are expected to be in residence in Oxford during the period of the Fellowship.
  • Fellowship awards offer funds of up to a maximum of £1,600 per month for allowable expenses, such as travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, to support a research visit in Oxford. It is the responsibility of each Fellow to ensure that expenses are covered by the funds available. Applicants should be aware that accommodation costs in Oxford may exceed the funds offered.
  • Depending on the method of disbursement and Fellows’ UK tax status, award funds may be subject to UK tax and NI.
  • Fellows are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate UK visa to support a research trip in the UK for the duration of the Fellowship. Please note that the Library's ability to offer Fellowships to non-EEA nationals is governed by strict UK visa regulations. To check if you require a UK visa, see the UK Government's website. We strongly suggest that you seek informal advice from us before applying.
  • An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the dates of the visit. Applicants should indicate their preferred dates on the application form. Bodleian Visiting Fellowships should be taken up during the 2016-17 academic year, between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 (please note there are different terms for the Collaborative Fellowships).

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • The Visiting Fellowships are intended for applicants external to the University of Oxford.
  • Applicants for Fellowships should at least hold a doctorate at the time of application, or should indicate equivalent qualification in their field of research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library).
  • Non-EEA applicants are reminded that if they require a visa in order to take up a Fellowship in the UK, they are responsible for securing the appropriate UK visa and, once a proposal has been accepted, award of the Fellowship will be conditional on fulfilling this requirement. Check the UK Government's website to see if you require a UK visa.
  • Applicants should carefully consult the descriptions provided for each named Fellowship, which define any special topics or other criteria and the length of visit supported. Applications will be considered for research visits of any duration from one month up to the maximum offered by each Fellowship.

In every case, the Selection Committees will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • The potential of the candidate to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University
  • The relevance of the proposed research to specific items or collections within the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections
  • The potential of the project to increase public understanding of the materials, through publication or public dissemination, or to develop innovative research methods for the study of these materials.

To Apply

  • Note the application deadline for each Fellowship:
    • RSA-Bodleian Fellowships: 1 December 2015
    • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships: 14 December 2015 (applications to be received by 9.00am)
    • BSECS-Bodleian Fellowship: 17 January 2016.
  • Give the name of the Fellowship on all application documents. Complete an application form for each Fellowship (except the Humfrey Wanley and Sassoon Visiting Fellowships where applications to either will automatically be considered for both). Note that applications for RSA-Bodleian Fellowships must be made directly to the Renaissance Society of America.
  • See individual descriptions for any qualification criteria or topic restrictions. Indicate the preferred dates for the visit. An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the visit dates and fulfilment of any UK visa requirement.
  • Submit the completed application documents (as specified below) to the email address or postal address given below.

Application documents

Applications for all Bodleian Visiting Fellowships (including the BSECS-Bodleian Fellowship) must include:

  • A completed application form, stating personal details, the name of the Fellowship, the title of the proposed research project, the preferred dates of the intended visit and the names and addresses of 2 academic referees. Please use one of the following:
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A proposal for research to be carried out in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries during the term of the Fellowship (1,000 words or fewer). Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and satisfies any particular aims of that Fellowship. Please see the descriptions of each Fellowship for any special criteria or for specific topics related to each award.
  • Two letters of recommendation from the academic referees named in the application form. Applicants should ask the referees to comment on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the proposed research would make to scholarship. The referees should be asked to send their letters directly to the Visiting Fellows Programme, Bodleian Libraries, by email to fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or by post to the address below, to arrive by the application deadline.

Please note: Emailed applications and letters of recommendation MUST bear the subject line: Visiting Fellowships Applications

Send all application documents by email or post to:




Visiting Fellows Programme
Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG

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