Available Bodleian Visiting Fellowships for 2023–24
Sassoon Fellowship in Diasporic South Asian and Black History
This fellowship encourages researchers to come to Oxford and use Bodleian Libraries collections to advance their research in the histories of the South Asian, African and Caribbean diasporas. Fellows will normally be invited during one University of Oxford term. The fellowship is offered in association with Somerville College.
African Studies Fellowship for Scholars from Sub-Saharan African Universities
Open to a scholar currently affiliated with a university in Sub-Saharan Africa to study the history of this region, making use of the Bodleian’s major holdings of African and Commonwealth archives, including papers from many who served in the Colonial Service. The archives also include papers of workers in agriculture, education and medicine, as well as engineers and missionaries. Organisational archives include those of the Anti-Slavery Society, the Africa Bureau, the Fabian Colonial Bureau and the Anti-Apartheid Movement. Fellows will normally be invited during one University of Oxford term. This fellowship is offered in partnership with Oriel College and the Rhodes Trust.
Eligibility note: Open to a scholar currently affiliated with a university in Sub-Saharan Africa (see list of countries).
Ann Ball Bodley Fellowship in Women’s History
This fellowship encourages researchers to come to Oxford and use Bodleian Libraries collections to advance their scholarship in women’s history, of any geographical area and historical period. Fellows will normally be invited during one University of Oxford term. This fellowship is offered in association with Hertford College.
Albi Rosenthal Fellowship in Music
This fellowship provides support for research in the music special collections of 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. The fellowship is offered in memory of Albi Rosenthal, one of the greatest dealers in music manuscripts, archives and rare books of the 20th century.
Albi Rosenthal Fellowship in Music – call for composers
Deadline: Tuesday 3 January 2023
There is a separate application process for this award. For further particulars and application form, email firstname.lastname@example.org before 2 December 2022.
In 2023–24 the Bodleian Libraries are additionally inviting applications to the Albi Rosenthal Fellowship in Music by composers who will take up a special commission in partnership with the Oxford Lieder Festival, commemorating the work and influence of Franz Kafka.
A opportunity for a composer to engage with the Bodleian Libraries’ collections of Kafka manuscripts, through a composition to be commissioned by the Oxford Lieder Festival for performance in autumn 2024, with texts drawing from or inspired by the published or private writings of Franz Kafka. A proposal must describe the approach to be taken to creating a song cycle with texts seen through the lens of Kafka’s work or influence. The fellowship should be taken up during one University of Oxford term, in autumn 2023 or between January and March 2024.
Applicants to the call for composers are not required to hold a doctoral degree.
Humfrey Wanley Fellowship
Supporting a period of research in the rare books and manuscripts collections of the Bodleian Library. The fellowship is 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, two of the greatest book and manuscript collectors of their day.
The Peter Selley Fellowship for Members of the Book Trades
The Peter Selley Fellowship provides support for a member of the rare book trades to carry out research in the special collections of the Bodleian Libraries. Applicants must be pursuing a career in book or manuscript auctions or the antiquarian book trade. The fellowship honours the memory of Peter Selley, a rare book specialist and auctioneer who worked at Sotheby’s in London for 28 years. If you are eligible for this award, please indicate this clearly in your CV.
Eligibility note: Open to members of the book trades.
Bahari Visiting Fellowship in the Persian Arts of the Book
This fellowship supports research using the Bodleian's Persian and Islamic Collections. Basic records for a large part of the Bodleian's Islamic manuscript collections may be found on the Fihrist website.
Applicants for these fellowships must include with the application form and other materials an article-length example of their written work. For 2023–24 Bahari Visiting Fellowships, applications are especially invited for research connected to the collection of letters by Amin al-Dawlah (1844–1904), Grand Vizier to the late Qajar Court, which have recently been donated to the library.
The Sloan Fellowship in Photography
This fellowship encourages researchers to come to Oxford and use Bodleian Libraries collections to advance their research in the history of photography and photographic books. The fellowship is offered in association with Trinity College, Oxford.
Carr-Thomas-Ovenden Fellowship in English Literature
This fellowship supports a research visit by a scholar of English literature. Preference will be given to projects relating to the Romantic period, where the Bodleian’s collection of manuscripts, printed books and secondary literature is remarkable in its strength and depth.
Supporting scholarship in any field appropriate to the Bodleian Libraries' special collections.
Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship in the History of Science, Technology and Communication
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. The fellowship is offered in memory of Douglas Byrne and of Gordon Bussey, FRHS, who worked to secure the preservation of the Marconi Archives, now in the special collections of the Bodleian Libraries.
David Walker Memorial Fellowship in Early Modern History
This fellowship supports 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. The fellowship is offered in memory of David Walker, whose postgraduate study was undertaken at Lincoln College, Oxford.