How to apply

Before making an application, please see the Terms for All Fellowships.

To Apply

  • Note the application deadline for each Fellowship, as specified in each description.
  • Specify the name of the Fellowship on all application documents. 
  • See individual descriptions, including Further Particulars if supplied, for any qualification criteria or topic restrictions, and for the funds available to researchers. Indicate the preferred dates for the visit. An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the visit dates and fulfilment of any UK visa requirement.
  • Apply for a research visit of any duration from 2 months up to the maximum offered by each Fellowship. Non-EEA applicants not in full employment with an academic institution at the time of a proposed visit may require a sponsored UK visa, and must therefore apply for a visit of a minimum of 3 months.
  • Submit the completed application documents (see below) to the email address or postal address given below.

Application documents

Applications for all Bodleian Visiting Fellowships (including the BSECS-Bodleian Fellowship and the Dunscombe Colt Fellowship) must include:

  • A completed application form. Please use one of the following:
    • Microsoft Word document: Download, complete, save and submit with the rest of your application; or
    • PDF document: Download, complete (pdf form contains expandable text fields), save and submit with the rest of your application
    • The applicant's curriculum vitae
  • A proposal for research to be carried out in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries during the term of the Fellowship (1,000 words maximum). This should directly address the selection criteria as listed on the webpage, 'Terms for all Fellowships'. Applicants should indicate how the proposed period of residence a) advances their own research goals; b) satisfies any particular aims of that Fellowship; c) will contribute to the research culture of the Bodleian Libraries. Please see the description of each Fellowship for any special criteria or for specific topics related to each award.
  • 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 directly to the Visiting Fellows Programme, Bodleian Libraries, by email to or by post to the address below, to arrive by the application deadline.
  • Each document must be sent as an individual pdf or Word file. Do NOT combine all the documents into one file.

Please note: Emailed applications and letters of recommendation MUST bear the subject line: Visiting Fellowships Applications

Send all application documents by email or post to:


Visiting Fellows Programme
Department of Special Collections
Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG

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