Gale Fellowships

Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowship 

This Fellowship 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.

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.

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, free of charge, of the Senior Common Room;
  • 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; 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.

Data from more than 160M 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*, and should be focused in methodologies and subjects relating to digital humanities. However, applications may be considered from outside the Asia Pacific region.

Application deadline for the academic year 2020-2021 is 12 noon on 11 September 2020

*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.

Centre for Digital Scholarship

The Centre for Digital Scholarship is a hub for translating innovative digital technologies into multidisciplinary academic practice and public engagement. Building on the singularity of the University of Oxford’s world-leading researchers, collections, and technologies, the Centre engages academics, students, staff and the public with digital methods. The Centre works through diverse partnerships across the Bodleian Libraries, the Digital Humanities @ Oxford Network, the wider University collections, the sciences, medical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and with the community to subvert and transform scholarship and provide international leadership in the field.

  • Defining and disseminating emergent digital scholarship
  • Inspiring digital curiosity
  • Opening imaginations 

Terms & Eligibility for Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowship  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • 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 be an academic staff member.
  • 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.

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

  • 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 Humanities @ Oxford Network.
  • The potential of the applicant to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University.
  • 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 05 April and 30 September 2021.
  • 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 NI.
  • Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellows will be expected to present their work at TORCH (The Oxford Centre for Research in the Humanities) and can propose to develop a digital resource or other innovative output during their time at Oxford, for which further funding is available.

Please email fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk if you have any queries

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. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A proposal for the fellowship period, this should directly address the selection criteria as specified in the particulars:

    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 Humanities @ Oxford network.
    The potential of the applicant to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University.
    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.

  4. 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 fellowships@bodleian.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 fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk with the subject line: Gale Scholar Asia Pacific, Digital Humanities Oxford Fellowship Application

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