Gale Fellowships

We invite applications for a Fellowship which will support a short period of research into any topic and in any field of study, using the Centre for Digital Scholarship of the Bodleian Libraries.

Fellowships will be awarded for a period of 3 months. We will appoint two Fellows in this round of applications.

About the Fellowships

The Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowships are named after Gale, a Cengage company, who have generously funded these fellowships. Gale is a world-leader in the digitisation of historic materials through its Gale Primary Sources programme.

Data from more than 160 million pages of these collections can be mined and analysed in the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, a cloud-based digital humanities environment. Fellows will have privileged access to Gale Primary Sources, the Gale Digital Scholar Lab, and support from members of the Gale team as part of their Fellowship. Applications are encouraged from active scholars conducting their work in the Asia Pacific region (see terms and eligibility) and should be focused on methodologies and subjects relating to digital humanities. However, applications may be considered from outside the Asia Pacific region.

Fellows will become Short-Term Visiting Fellows at Jesus College, benefits of which include:

  • Lunch and dinner at the College’s expenses for the duration of your Fellowship, except when the kitchens are closed
  • Membership of the Senior Common Room, free of charge
  • Use of the Fellows’ Resources Room, which provides networked computers, printers, and photocopiers
  • Use of the working and reading space in the College’s beautiful 17th-century Fellows’ Library, with use of Wi-Fi, and use of the Meyricke Library

Please note that a Short-Term Visiting Fellowship does not carry with it membership of Governing Body and that College accommodation is not offered.

The application deadline for the academic year 2022 – 2023 is 12pm noon on 7 March 2022.

About the Centre for Digital Scholarship

The Centre for Digital Scholarship is a central hub for digital scholars across all divisions of the University, and is staffed by a team of professional support staff, research software engineers and researchers who translate innovative digital technologies into multidisciplinary academic practice and public engagement. Based at the Bodleian's Weston Library, the Centre is home to Digital Scholarship @ Oxford (DiSc), Electronic Enlightenment and library science researchers. The Centre invites and welcomes scholars, digital practitioners, cultural heritage and library professionals and IT staff from across and beyond the University, to participate in, contribute to and collaborate with our community of digital scholars.

Terms and eligibility

Eligibility

  • Visiting Fellowships are intended for applicants external to the University of Oxford.
  • Applicants for Fellowships should hold a doctorate at the time of application and will be employed as an academic member of staff at the time of taking up their post.
  • Fellowships are open to applicants of any nationality although priority will be given to applicants from the Asia Pacific region*.
  • Those who have held a Bodleian Visiting Fellowship within the past 5 years are not eligible.

*Asia Pacific is defined for the purposes of this Fellowship as including the following countries: People’s Republic of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand.

Selection criteria

In every case, the applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  1. The demonstrated need of the applicant to work with the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries, to be part of the Digital Scholarship @ Oxford (DiSc) network. We especially welcome applications which contribute to the Bodleian’s strategic goals to work with new forms of digital scholarship and develop new collaborative partnerships.
  2. The potential of the applicant to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University.
  3. Evidence that the project will increase scholarly or public understanding of the materials consulted, through publication or public dissemination, or by developing innovative research methods.

Terms

  • Visiting Fellows are expected to be regularly present in Oxford throughout the period of the Fellowship.
  • An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the dates of the visit. Visiting Fellows are invited to take up their Fellowship between 10 October 2022 and 30 June 2023.*
  • The fellowship visit must be for three months.
  • Those who require a visa in order to take up the Visiting Fellowship in the UK 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.
  • Funds are available of not less than £3,000 per month to support accommodation and subsistence.
  • In addition to their award fund Visiting Fellows may apply to Gale for travel costs ahead of their research visit.
  • Depending on the method of disbursement and your UK tax status, award funds may be subject to UK tax and National Insurance.
  • Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellows will be encouraged to present their work at a Digital Scholarship @ Oxford event and can propose to develop a digital resource or other innovative output during their time at Oxford. Further funding is available for both and event and a digital resource.

Please email digitalscholarship@humanities.ox.ac.uk if you have any queries.

* Please note: we will work with successful applicants if their intended visit is affected by unavoidable Covid travel restrictions.

Apply for a Visiting Fellowship

Applications must include:

  1. A completed application form, which is available either as a Microsoft Word document or PDF.
  2. A curriculum vitae or résumé
  3. A proposal for the fellowship period, this should directly address the selection criteria as specified in the particulars (maximum 1,200 words)
  4. The demonstrated need of the applicant to work in the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries, or to be part of the Digital Scholarship @ Oxford network.
  5. The potential of the applicant to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University.
  6. Evidence that the project will increase scholarly or public understanding of the digital humanities, through publication or public dissemination, or by developing innovative research methods.
  7. Two letters of recommendation from the 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 by email to digitalscholarship@humanities.ox.ac.uk, to arrive by the application deadline.

Each document must be an individual PDF or Word file. Do not combine all the documents into one file.

Send all application documents by email to digitalscholarship@humanities.ox.ac.uk with the subject line: Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowship Application.