RBC Funds New Visiting Fellowships at the Bodleian Libraries

2 April 2013


The Bodleian Libraries have established four new Visiting Fellowships to encourage research utilising their special collections. These positions are made possible by a donation from the RBC Foundation.

'RBC is proud to make this $100,000 commitment to the Bodleian Libraries and we are confident that with this donation, the Visiting Fellowships will give scholars from Canada the opportunity to become members of Oxford’s prestigious community and take on instrumental roles at the University,' said Shari Austin, Vice-president, Corporate Citizenship, RBC.

The RBC Visiting Fellowships are offered to both early-career researchers and senior academics with the aim of enabling them to do further work on their research projects. Applications from scholars affiliated with any Canadian university and studying in any field are welcome, but those covering economics, history, and politics and international studies are particularly encouraged. 

The award of an RBC Visiting Fellowship will give scholars the opportunity to become participants in the Bodleian's growing interdisciplinary Visiting Scholars Centre, part of the Weston Library to open in Autumn 2014. The Centre aims to become a place where a mix of academic interests, backgrounds and disciplines will provide a stimulating research environment.

RBC Visiting Fellows will become part of an existing programme which currently hosts seven Fellows in the Library each year. They will benefit from funding to enable their research visits to Oxford as well as support from library staff in utilising the Bodleian's outstanding special collections. During their stay in Oxford, the fellows will be expected to contribute to the research culture of the Libraries and the University through such activities as:

  • Delivering masterclasses to graduate students;
  • Advising or consulting with library curators or conservators;
  • Delivering seminars with graduate students and/or undergraduates;
  • Delivering public lectures, curating exhibitions or advising on the cataloguing of collections;
  • Delivering a Visiting Fellows' lecture

The Bodleian is keen to include both senior scholars - those whose research is internationally recognised as being of the highest standard - and early-career scholars who can benefit by being able to share the Bodleian's exceptional resources and by being part of the Oxford research community. Each RBC Fellowship is awarded for one Oxford academic term (three months). Two RBC Visiting Fellowships will be appointed in each of the next two academic years.  RBC Visiting Fellowships at the Bodleian Libraries will be open to researchers from any Canadian university.

Richard Ovenden, Deputy to Bodley's Librarian, said: 'The Bodleian Fellowships have become an important element of the research life of the Oxford University. They are highly sought-after positions which aim to connect our visiting fellows with our important research collections and with the research community in Oxford. We are hugely grateful to the Royal Bank of Canada for their support for this significant academic initiative.'

The Bodleian Libraries will shortly be advertising RBC Visiting Fellowships in order to select and host two RBC Visiting Fellows in the 2013/2014 academic year. The Libraries will advertise again in early 2014 to select two RBC Visiting Fellows for the 2014/15 academic year. During this second year, RBC Visiting Fellows will be involved in the opening of the newly-renovated Weston Library with new space for the Centre for the Study of the Book and the Visiting Scholars Centre.

RBC is recognised among the world's financial, social and environmental leaders and is listed on the 2012 - 2013 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the DJSI North American Index, the Jantzi Social Index and the FTSE4Good Index. RBC is one of Canada's Greenest Employers, one of Canada's 50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations and among the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. 

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