The Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellowship Program 2019-2020, UK

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The Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme

The Libraries encourage research that makes use of Bodleian Special Collections, an outstanding resource for scholarly study and discovery, containing rare printed books, classical papyri, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, literary, political and historical papers, archives, printed ephemera, and maps and music in both manuscript and printed form. Fellowships offer scholars the opportunity to undertake an uninterrupted period of research with the Bodleian collections. The awards are intended for scholars who hold a doctorate at the time of application or have attained equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library).

Fellowships for Research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries

Humfrey Wanley Fellowships

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018.  Supporting a short period of research into any topic and in any field of study, using the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months.
The Humfrey Wanley Fellowships are named after Humfrey Wanley (1672–1726), assistant librarian at the Bodleian from 1695 to 1700, founding member of the Society of Antiquaries, a pioneer in the study of palaeography, and library-keeper to Robert Harley and Edward Harley, Earls of Oxford, some of the greatest book and manuscript collectors of their day. 
Applications should indicate which archive, manuscript, maps and/or rare book collections or individual items will be consulted. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

To Apply

  • Note the application deadline for each Fellowship, as specified in each description.
  • Specify the name of the Fellowship on all application documents. 
  • See individual descriptions, including Further Particulars if supplied, for any qualification criteria or topic restrictions, and for the funds available to researchers. 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.
  • Apply for a research visit of any duration from 2 months up to the maximum offered by each Fellowship. Non-EEA applicants not in full employment with an academic institution at the time of a proposed visit may require a sponsored UK visa, and must therefore apply for a visit of a minimum of 3 months.
  • Submit the completed application documents (see below) to the email address or postal address given below.

Application documents

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

  • A completed application form. Please use one of the following:
    • Microsoft Word document: Download, complete, save and submit with the rest of your application; or
    • PDF document: Download, complete (pdf form contains expandable text fields), save and submit with the rest of your application
    • The applicant's 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 maximum). Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and satisfies any particular aims of that Fellowship. Please see the description 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.
  • Each document must be sent as an individual pdf or Word file. Do NOT combine all the documents into one file.

Sassoon Visiting Fellowships

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Supporting a short period of research into any topic and in any field of study, using the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months.
Applications should indicate which archive, manuscript, maps and/or rare book collections or individual items will be consulted. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships in the History of Science & Communication

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Supporting a short period of research into any aspect of the history of science and communication, using the archive, manuscript, object and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Museum of the History of Science. Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 4 months. Applications are especially encouraged from researchers investigating the history and science of wireless communication and the wireless industry. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome. 

David Walker Memorial Fellowships in Early Modern History

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Supporting a period of research into any aspect of Early Modern History, using the archive, manuscript and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months. Research proposals are invited for projects in the study of early modern history, using any of the manuscripts, maps, music and early modern printed materials in the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome. 

Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music

Deadline: Friday, 30 The Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme

The Libraries encourage research that makes use of Bodleian Special Collections, an outstanding resource for scholarly study and discovery, containing rare printed books, classical papyri, medieval and renaissance manuscripts, literary, political and historical papers, archives, printed ephemera, and maps and music in both manuscript and printed form. Fellowships offer scholars the opportunity to undertake an uninterrupted period of research with the Bodleian collections. The awards are intended for scholars who hold a doctorate at the time of application or have attained equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library).

Fellowships for Research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries

Humfrey Wanley Fellowships

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018.  Supporting a short period of research into any topic and in any field of study, using the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months.

The Humfrey Wanley Fellowships are named after Humfrey Wanley (1672–1726), assistant librarian at the Bodleian from 1695 to 1700, founding member of the Society of Antiquaries, a pioneer in the study of palaeography, and library-keeper to Robert Harley and Edward Harley, Earls of Oxford, some of the greatest book and manuscript collectors of their day. 

Applications should indicate which archive, manuscript, maps and/or rare book collections or individual items will be consulted. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

To Apply

Note the application deadline for each Fellowship, as specified in each description.

Specify the name of the Fellowship on all application documents. 

See individual descriptions, including Further Particulars if supplied, for any qualification criteria or topic restrictions, and for the funds available to researchers. 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.

Apply for a research visit of any duration from 2 months up to the maximum offered by each Fellowship. Non-EEA applicants not in full employment with an academic institution at the time of a proposed visit may require a sponsored UK visa, and must therefore apply for a visit of a minimum of 3 months.

Submit the completed application documents (see below) to the email address or postal address given below.

Application documents

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

A completed application form. Please use one of the following:

Microsoft Word document: Download, complete, save and submit with the rest of your application; or

PDF document: Download, complete (pdf form contains expandable text fields), save and submit with the rest of your application

The applicant's 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 maximum). Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and satisfies any particular aims of that Fellowship. Please see the description 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.

Each document must be sent as an individual pdf or Word file. Do NOT combine all the documents into one file.

Sassoon Visiting Fellowships

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Supporting a short period of research into any topic and in any field of study, using the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months.

Applications should indicate which archive, manuscript, maps and/or rare book collections or individual items will be consulted. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships in the History of Science & Communication

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Supporting a short period of research into any aspect of the history of science and communication, using the archive, manuscript, object and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the Museum of the History of Science. Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 4 months. Applications are especially encouraged from researchers investigating the history and science of wireless communication and the wireless industry. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome. 

David Walker Memorial Fellowships in Early Modern History

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Supporting a period of research into any aspect of Early Modern History, using the archive, manuscript and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months. Research proposals are invited for projects in the study of early modern history, using any of the manuscripts, maps, music and early modern printed materials in the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome. 

Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. The Fellowship provides for a period of residence in Oxford and research in the Special Collections of Music in the Bodleian Libraries. The Bodleian Libraries’ music collections are among the largest in the country and contain printed music from the 16th century onwards and large numbers of music manuscripts from medieval times to the present day. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome. 

Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Applications are invited for Fellowships of up to 6 months, for research into the Persian Arts of the Book. Research areas may include but are not limited to studies in Art History, Codicology, Calligraphy, Miniature Painting, the History of Islamic Book Production and Scribal Practices, Manuscript Cataloguing, and the Editing and Translation of Texts. Academics or university staff of at least postdoctoral level or equivalent (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library) are welcome to apply. The main focus of any research proposal should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian's Persian and Islamic Collections. Applications should include details of the Collections to be consulted and of the larger project that the research visit will support, including planned outcomes. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

November 2018. The Fellowship provides for a period of residence in Oxford and research in the Special Collections of Music in the Bodleian Libraries. The Bodleian Libraries’ music collections are among the largest in the country and contain printed music from the 16th century onwards and large numbers of music manuscripts from medieval times to the present day. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome. 

Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book

Deadline: Friday, 30 November 2018. Applications are invited for Fellowships of up to 6 months, for research into the Persian Arts of the Book. Research areas may include but are not limited to studies in Art History, Codicology, Calligraphy, Miniature Painting, the History of Islamic Book Production and Scribal Practices, Manuscript Cataloguing, and the Editing and Translation of Texts. Academics or university staff of at least postdoctoral level or equivalent (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library) are welcome to apply. The main focus of any research proposal should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian's Persian and Islamic Collections. Applications should include details of the Collections to be consulted and of the larger project that the research visit will support, including planned outcomes. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

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