Fellowships

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 give applicants from outside of Oxford 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).

Applications are invited for the Fellowships listed below.

The Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music, 2018-19

Composers are invited to apply for the 2018-19 Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries. The Fellowship provides for a period of residence in Oxford and research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries which should act as a stimulus for the Fellow’s composing activity. The Fellowship also marks a collaboration with the Oxford Lieder Festival, one of the world’s leading song festivals. 

Oxford Lieder will commission a significant new song or song cycle from the Fellow. The precise nature of this will be open to discussion, but it is anticipated that that the work will be 15-20 minutes duration, and a commission fee (in the region of £2,000) will be paid by Oxford Lieder. This will be for performance in the Festival in October 2019. In addition, there may be the opportunity to programme one or more of the Fellow’s existing works in other Oxford Lieder performances. 

It is also intended that, during their tenure, the Fellow will join in the academic life of the University and participate in at least one lecture and one composition workshop, held jointly with the Faculty of Music.

Applications are open to all and composers at an early stage in their careers are encouraged to apply. There are no geographical restrictions, but note that it is the responsibility of any candidate who is invited to take up the Albi Rosenthal Fellowship to secure any necessary visa to enable the period of residence required in Oxford.

The Fellowship provides funds sufficient to enable a period of continuous residence in Oxford for three months, to be taken between October 2018 and April 2019.

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. The Oxford Lieder Festival is well established as one of the world’s leading song festivals and the biggest in the UK, attracting many of the world’s greatest artists. (www.oxfordlieder.co.uk). 

The application deadline is 9 am GMT on Friday, 9 February 2018.

All prospective applicants are asked to read the Further Particulars for this Fellowship, as well as the Terms for All Fellowships

TO APPLY: Download the Application Form and note the application procedure specified in the Further Particulars. Links to the application form in Word and PDF format are available on the 'How to Apply' page.

Visiting Scholars' Centre, Weston Library. Photo: John Cairns

Fellowships for Research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries

Humfrey Wanley Fellowships

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.

The call for applications for 2018-19 is now closed.

Sassoon Visiting Fellowships

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.

The call for applications for 2018-19 is now closed.

Bahari Visiting Fellowships in the Persian Arts of the Book

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.

For a description of the collections, please see the Bodleian's Middle Eastern Manuscripts & Rare Books website.

A glimpse into the collections can be viewed in our online exhibition, Love and Devotion. Basic records of a large part of the Bodleian's Islamic Manuscript Collections may also be found on the Fihrist website.

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

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.

The call for applications for 2018-19 is now closed.

David Walker Memorial Fellowships in Early Modern History

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.

The call for applications for 2018-19 is now closed.

Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Visiting Fellowship in English Literature

Scholars who will use the Bodleian's special collections of literary papers and publications are invited to apply. Applications in Romantic studies are particularly welcome and encouraged. Fellowships are awarded for one Oxford term [up to 10 weeks]. The Bodleian's collection of manuscripts, printed books and secondary literature from this era is remarkable in its strength and depth. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

The call for applications for 2018-19 is now closed.

Collaborative Fellowships

Please note that Collaborative Fellowships may have different deadlines and application processes, as specified below.

Renaissance Society of America Fellowships

  • The RSA-Bodleian Library Fellowship
  • The RSA-Kress Bodleian Library Fellowship

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) awards one-month research fellowships to be taken at the Bodleian Libraries. Applicants must be a member in good standing of RSA. The application and grants process for Bodleian-RSA Fellowships is administered by the Renaissance Society of America.

Apply directly to the RSA.

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS)-Bodleian Fellowship

Facilitates a one-month research visit by a member of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (BSECS) to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library. The award is supported by the Bodleian Libraries and BSECS and reimburses necessary expenses of up to £1,000 to support research in Oxford during the Fellowship period.

Applicants must be at postdoctoral level or above at the time of application and must be a member in good standing of BSECS. Applications are to be made to the Bodleian Libraries Fellowships Programme. See How to Apply.

Application deadline: 17 January 2018 

Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship

The Georgian Group and the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies support a one-month research visit by a member of The Georgian Group to the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library in the University of Oxford. Applications will be considered from candidates seeking to research projects relating to the architecture or material culture (e.g., sculpture) of the long eighteenth century (1660-1840).The award reimburses necessary expenses of up to £1,500 to support research in Oxford during the Fellowship period. Applicants must be of postdoctoral standing or above. The Fellowship must be taken up in the 2017 calendar year. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

For more details, see The Georgian Group’s website. Applications are to be made to the Bodleian Libraries Fellowships Programme. See How to Apply.

Application deadline: 27 January 2018 

For information on the current Bodleian Visiting Fellows, see Visiting Fellows 2017-18.

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