Terms for all Fellowships

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships are intended for applicants external to the University of Oxford.
  • Applicants for Fellowships should hold a doctorate at the time of application, or equivalent qualification in their field of research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library), unless specified otherwise in the particulars for individual Fellowships as described on the Fellowships webpage.
  • Non-EEA applicants who require a visa in order to take up a 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. The University will advise successful non-EEA applicants, upon appointment, on the most appropriate UK visa route and provide support as required. 
  • Applicants should carefully consult the description provided for each named Fellowship, which define any special topics or other criteria and the length of visit supported. Applications will be considered for research visits of any duration from 2 months up to the maximum offered by each Fellowship (see next criterion for exception to this).
  • Non-EEA applicants not in full employment with an academic institution during the proposed visit period may require a sponsored UK visa, and must therefore apply for a visit of a minimum of 3 months.

In every case, the Selection Committees will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • The potential of the candidate to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University.
  • The demonstrated need to consult specific items or collections within the Bodleian Libraries' Special Collections.
  • The potential of the project to increase public understanding of the materials consulted, through publication or public dissemination, or to develop innovative research methods for the study of these materials.

Terms for Bodleian Visiting Fellowships

  • Fellowships will be awarded to enable research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries.
  • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships are not awarded to current students or staff members of the University of Oxford.
  • Fellows are expected to be regularly present in Oxford throughout the period of the Fellowship.
  • Unless otherwise stated in the description of individual Fellowships on the Fellowships webpage, funds available to Visiting Fellows are up to £1,800 per month (funds of up to £2,000 per month are available to Bahari Visiting Fellows from outside the EEA/North America). Funds are granted for allowable expenses, such as travel, accommodation and subsistence costs, to support a research visit in Oxford. It is the responsibility of each Fellow to ensure that expenses are covered by the funds available. Applicants should be aware that accommodation costs in Oxford may exceed the funds offered, and Fellows are responsible for finding and arranging their own accommodation. 
  • Depending on the method of disbursement and your UK tax status, award funds may be subject to UK tax and NI.
  • Fellows are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate UK visa to support a research trip in the UK for the duration of the Fellowship. The Library's ability to offer Fellowships to non-EEA nationals is governed by strict UK visa regulations. The University will advise successful non-EEA applicants, upon appointment, on the most appropriate UK visa route and provide support as required. 
  • Non-EEA applicants not in full employment with an academic institution during the proposed visit period may require a sponsored UK visa, and must therefore apply for a visit of a minimum of 3 months.
  • An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the dates of the visit. Applicants should indicate their preferred dates on the application form. Bodleian Visiting Fellowships should be taken up during the 2019-20 academic year, between 1 August 2019 and 31 July 2020 (please note there are different terms for the Collaborative Fellowships).
  • Applicants are allowed to receive only one Fellowship within a period of five years.

For further information, please email fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.

To apply, see guidance on How to Apply.

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