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External Award: University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Program

November 08, 2016
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The University of Oxford is offering Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellowship Programme for the academic year 2017-2018. Fellowships support research visits to use the collections of Bodleian Libraries.

The mission of the Bodleian Libraries is to provide an excellent service to support the learning, teaching and research objectives of the University of Oxford; and to develop and maintain access to Oxford’s unique collections for the benefit of scholarship and society.

The Bodleian Library, the main research library of the University of Oxford, is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second largest library in Britain after the British Library.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships are intended for applicants external to the University of Oxford.
  • Applicants for Fellowships should either hold a doctorate at the time of application, or should indicate equivalent qualification in their field of research (e.g., holding a curatorial post in a museum or library).
  • Non-EEA applicants are reminded that if they require a visa in order to take up a Fellowship in the UK, they 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. Check the UK Government's website to see if you require a UK visa.
  • Applicants should carefully consult the descriptions 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 one month up to the maximum offered by each Fellowship.

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.

To Apply

  • Note the application deadline for each Fellowship:
    • RSA-Bodleian Fellowships: 10 November 2016
    • Bodleian Visiting Fellowships: 5 December 2016 (applications to be received by 9.00am GMT)
    • BSECS-Bodleian Fellowship: 17 January 2017
    • Dunscombe Colt Research Fellowship: 27 January 2017
  • Specify the name of the Fellowship on all application documents. Complete an application form for each Fellowship (except the Humfrey Wanley and Sassoon Visiting Fellowships where applications to either will automatically be considered for both). Note that applications for RSA-Bodleian Fellowships must be made directly to the Renaissance Society of America.
  • See individual descriptions for any qualification criteria or topic restrictions. 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.
  • Submit the completed application documents (as specified below) to the email address or postal address given below.

Terms for Bodleian Visiting Fellowships

  • Fellowships will be awarded to enable research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Libraries.
  • Fellows are expected to be in residence in Oxford during the period of the Fellowship.
  • Fellowship awards offer funds of up to £1,600 per month 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.
  • 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. Please note that the Library's ability to offer Fellowships to non-EEA nationals is governed by strict UK visa regulations. To check if you require a UK visa, see the UK Government's website. We strongly suggest that you seek informal advice from us before applying.
  • 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 2017-18 academic year, between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 (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 Michelle Chew at fellowships@bodleian.ox.ac.uk or see here.

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