How to apply

Before making an application, please see the Terms for all Fellowships.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships are intended for applicants external to the University of Oxford.
  • Applicants for Fellowships should either 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 demonstrated need to consult specific items or collections within the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections
  • The potential of the project to increase public understanding of the materials consulted, 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:
    • RBC Foundation-Bodleian Visiting Fellowships 2018: 13 October 2017
    • Bahari Visiting Fellowship in the Persian Arts of the Book 2017-18: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
    • RSA-Bodleian Fellowships: 10 November 2016
    • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships: 5 December 2016 (applications to be received by 9.00am GMT)
    • BSECS-Bodleian Fellowship: 17 January 2017
    • Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship: 27 January 2017
  • Specify 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 and Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship) must include:

  • A completed application form. Please use one of the following:
      • Microsoft Word Macro-Enabled document: To be able to enter and save your information in the application form, download and 'Save as' a Microsoft Word Macro-Enabled document. Complete the form and submit with the rest of your application; or
      • PDF document: Download, complete and scan with the rest of your application.
  • 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 maximum). 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 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.

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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