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.

Applications for the Royal Bank of Canada Foundation-Bodleian Visiting Fellowship 2018 and the Bahari Visiting Fellowship 2017-18 are currently being accepted. See 'Fellowships currently available'. 

The general call for the 2018-19 Visiting Fellowships will open in October 2017

For eligibility and selection criteria and other application information, see Terms for All Fellowships and How to Apply

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

Fellowships for Research in Special Collections
Subject-Specific Fellowships
Collaborative Fellowships

Fellowships for Research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries

Royal Bank of Canada Foundation-Bodleian Visiting Fellowships 2018

The Royal Bank of Canada Foundation supports 3-month Fellowships to be taken at the Bodleian Libraries during the 2018 calendar year. Scholars at postgraduate level or above, with a current association with a Canadian university, or research-active and culturally interested members of the wider community in Canada, are eligible.

The Fellowship award is intended to support 3 months OR 1 academic term of residence in Oxford for the purpose of research leading to a better understanding of material in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries.

Applicants should propose research projects, in any field of study, which are based on materials in any part of the Bodleian Libraries Special Collections.

For further particulars, please email: fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

Application deadline: Friday, 13 October 2017 

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.

The Humfrey Wanley Fellowships are named after Humfrey Wanley (1672Ė1726), 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.

The awards are intended for scholars who have completed the 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 should indicate what archive, manuscript, maps and/or rare book collections or individual items will be consulted. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

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.

The awards are intended for scholars who have completed the 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 should indicate what archive, manuscript, maps and/or rare book collections or individual items will be consulted. Research topics with a digital or digitisation component are welcome.

Successful applicants will be allocated the appropriate named fellowship by the selection committee.

Subject-Specific Fellowships 

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: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/weston/finding-resources/guides/middleeast.

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.

Deadline for applications: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please see 'How to Apply'. 

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 and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 4 months. Applications are encouraged from researchers investigating the history and science of wireless communication and the wireless industry. 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). Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

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. 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. The awards are intended for scholars who hold a doctorate or have attained equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library). Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowships in Music

For research into music-related topics, the main focus of which should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian Library's Music collections. Proposals in any relevant area will be considered but projects which would enable the Library to promote a wider appreciation of its Music collections will be especially welcome. 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, as are performers or composers of equivalent standing who may, for example, wish to use the collections in support of historically informed performances or other creative projects. Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

A fuller description of the collections can be found in our subject guide to Music. Practically all the Bodleian's printed music can now be searched via SOLO. Our Music LibGuide provides other finding aids for the music collections, including manuscripts.

Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Visiting Fellowship in English Literature

Scholars who will use the Bodleianí's special collections of literary papers and publications are invited to apply. Applications in Romantic studies are particularly welcome and encouraged. The Bodleianís collection of manuscripts, printed books and secondary literature from this era is remarkable in its strength and depth. 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). Research topics with a digital scholarship component are welcome.

Collaborative Fellowships

Please note Collaborative Fellowships have different deadlines and application processes, where specified.

Renaissance Society of America Fellowships

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

The Renaissance Society of America (RSA) awards 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. Deadline for the RSA-Bodleian Fellowships: Closed.

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.

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 or digitisation component are welcome.

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

For information on the current Bodleian Visiting Fellows, see Visiting Fellows and Scholars 2016-17.

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