Fellowships

The Bodleian Visiting Fellows Programme

The Bodleian Libraries award short-term Visiting Fellowships to scholars who will benefit from an uninterrupted period of research in the Special Collections of the Libraries. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Oxford throughout their fellowship period and to participate in, and make a contribution to, the intellectual life of the Libraries and the University.

The Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries hold outstanding resources for scholarly study and discovery. These include:

  • classical papyri
  • medieval and renaissance European manuscripts
  • ancient and modern manuscript and printed material from the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australasia and Oceania
  • rare printed books
  • literary, political and historical papers
  • personal and institutional archives
  • printed ephemera
  • maps
  • music

Applying for a Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for visits in the 2020-21 academic year. Bodleian Visiting Fellowships have a submission deadline of midnight GMT on 1 December, 2019. Collaborative fellowships awarded jointly with learned societies may have different deadlines; please see below.

Recipients of all Visiting Fellowships are expected to participate in, and make a contribution to, the intellectual life of the Bodleian Libraries and the University of Oxford. The fellowship year begins on 1 August and ends on 31 July.

See further information in Apply for a Visiting Fellowship and Terms & Eligibility 


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 are encouraged from those researching in the rare books and manuscripts collections of the Bodleian Library. 

Application deadline the academic year 2020-2021 has passed

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship.


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.

Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight (GMT) Sunday 1 December 2019.

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship.

Sassoon Visiting Fellowships in South Asian and Black History

This Fellowship encourages 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 2 months. The research may relate to any period of time.

Application deadline the academic year 2020-2021 has passed.

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship.


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. Funds are available for up to £1,800 per month for Visiting Fellows at academic institutes within the UK/EEA/North America. For Visiting Fellows from academic institutes outside the UK/EEA/North America, funds up to £2,000 per month are available. 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. The main focus of any research proposal should be on an aspect or aspects of the Bodleian's Persian and Islamic Collections. 

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

Particulars for the Bahari Visiting Fellowship

  1. Priority will be given to candidates from outside of Oxford and to applicants who have not recently completed an Oxford degree.
  2. Applicants are asked to submit an article length example of their work with their application materials

Application deadline the academic year 2020-2021 has passed.

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship


Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowships

Applications are invited for Fellowships of up to 6 months, for research into any aspect of the history of science, technology and business innovation using the archive, manuscript, object and rare book collections of the Bodleian Libraries and the History of Science of Museum. Applications are especially encouraged from researchers investigating the history and science of wireless communication and the wireless industry. 

Application deadline the academic year 2020-2021 has passed.

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship.


David Walker Memorial Fellowships in Early Modern History

Supporting a period of research into any aspect of Early Modern History, of broad geographical scope, 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. 

Application deadline the academic year 2020-2021 has passed.

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship.


Albi Rosenthal Visiting Fellowship in Music

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.

Application deadline the academic year 2020-2021 has passed.

For eligibility, selection criteria, and other application information see Terms & Eligibility  and Apply for a Visiting Fellowship


Collaborative Fellowships

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

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.

Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight (GMT) Friday 17 January 2020.

For application information see Apply for a Visiting Fellowship

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 2020 calendar year. 

For more details, see The Georgian Group’s website

 Applications must be submitted electronically by midnight (GMT) Friday 17 January 2020.

For application information see Apply for a Visiting Fellowship

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 RSAApplications for 2020 are now closed.

For information on current Bodleian Visiting Fellows, see Visiting Fellows 2019-20

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