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 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).

Applications are invited for the 2019-20 Fellowships listed below. Deadlines are given in each Fellowship description. To apply, see 'How to Apply' and 'Terms for All Fellowships'.

The call for applications for the new Sassoon Visiting Fellowships in South Asian and Black History 2019-20 is now also open. Please see below for details, and note the specific deadline.

For information on the current Bodleian Visiting Fellows, see Current and Past Fellows

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

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.

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.

NOTE: Applications to either the Humfrey Wanley or the Sassoon Visiting Fellowships above will be automatically considered for both. (Only one set of application materials is required.)

Sassoon Visiting Fellowships in South Asian and Black History

Deadline: Friday, 4 January 2019. These Fellowships, offered in collaboration with Somerville College, encourage researchers to come to Oxford and use the resources collected by the Bodleian Libraries to research the histories of South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as their diasporas broadly defined. Fellowships may be awarded for a period of up to 3 months. The research may relate to any period of time.

Please download the Further Particulars for background on these Fellowships, and see 'How to Apply'.

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.

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

Basic records of a large part of the Bodleian's Islamic Manuscript Collections may be found on the Fihrist website

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 RSADeadline: Saturday, 15 September 2018 (closed)

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

Deadline: Thursday, 17 January 2019. 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

Deadline: Thursday, 31 January 2019. 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.

For information on current Bodleian Visiting Fellows, see Visiting Fellows 2018-19

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