How to Apply

The new Durham Residential Research Library is delighted to invite applications from researchers for Visiting Fellowships, from one to three months in duration. In addition, a series of named fellowships are available to work on particular collections or subject areas.

The Durham Residential Research Library aims to enable and foster research across the three historic collections of Durham – those held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. They include not only libraries, but also archives, collections of visual and material culture, and architectural assets. The purpose of the Visiting Fellowships is to support research into these globally significant collections.

Named Fellowships

In addition to the general scheme, there are several named visiting fellowship programmes. The Lendrum Priory Library Fellowships specifically support work on the surviving contents of Durham Cathedral’s medieval priory library. This collection is currently the focus of a large-scale digitisation project, Durham Priory Library Recreated The Holland Visiting Fellowships support research into any of the collections held in Durham.

Fellows will be encouraged to work collaboratively with academic subject specialists, librarians, archivists and curators to realise the collections’ research potential, and to develop innovative research agendas. They will also be encouraged to participate in the life of the University, particularly its broad range of seminar series.

Applications

Applicants should submit a short CV together with a summary of the project and materials they propose to work on, and the expected publications or other outcomes (maximum two sides of A4). Applications should demonstrate a serious research interest that focuses on primary source material within the collections held at Durham. Applicants who plan to collaborate with Durham academic staff are especially welcome and should mention this in their application.

We aim to be flexible with fellowship dates – applicants should indicate their preferred dates and their preferred fellowship duration (i.e. one, two or three months). They should also indicate to which university department(s) and/or research centres their research most relates.

Fellows will be granted an honorarium of £1,800 per month towards their transport and subsistence costs. Self-catered ensuite study bedrooms at Ushaw College (3.5 miles from Durham city centre) will be available at a competitive rate. Please note that fellows will be expected to arrange their own travel. Fellowships will generally last for one month but can last up to a maximum of three months. Those applying are advised to consult with the relevant collections staff to ensure that the materials they wish to work with are available at the times of their visit.

Applicants should submit a short CV together with a summary of the project and materials they propose to work on, and the expected publications or other outcomes (maximum two sides of A4). Applications should demonstrate a serious research interest that focuses on primary source material within the collections held at Durham. Applicants who plan to collaborate with Durham academic staff are especially welcome and should mention this in their application.

We aim to be flexible with fellowship dates – applicants should indicate their preferred dates and their preferred fellowship duration (i.e. one, two or three months). They should also indicate to which university department(s) their research most relates. We shall aim to notify successful candidates by the beginning of December.

Fellows will be granted an honorarium of £1,800 per month towards their transport and subsistence costs. Self-catered ensuite study bedrooms at Ushaw College (3.5 miles from Durham city centre) will be available at a competitive rate. Please note that fellows will be expected to arrange their own travel. Fellowships will generally last for one month but can last up to a maximum of three months. Those applying are advised to consult with the relevant collections staff to ensure that the materials they wish to work with are available at the times of their visit.

Fellowships for the academic year 2020–2021 will be advertised in autumn.

Academic Enquiries: Dr James Kelly, RRL Fellowships Coordinator, james.kelly3@durham.ac.uk

Please send applications to Barbara Jackson, RRL Administrator, RRL.admin@durham.ac.uk

Information about the collections can be found here

Past Fellows

Dr Tricia Bruce
Dr Tricia Bruce2017-18 | Maryville College, USA
Dr Meghan Clark
Dr Meghan Clark2017-18 | St John's University, USA
Dr Rachel Davies
Dr Rachel Davies2017-18 | Australian Catholic University, Australia
Marta Revilla-Rivas
Marta Revilla-RivasPhD Fellow | University of Valladolid, Spain

Some lovely books out on our monastic tables in the Refectory Library, ready to welcome delegates from the @ResearchDurham conference. #DurhamRRL https://t.co/NEoNy7kEE0 SouthernGemGal photo

I greatly enjoyed the panels I saw at @ResearchDurham conf the past two days. @ElizabethCBiggs discussed an interesting copy of the Malleus Maleficarum held at Durham, while @EilishGregory revealed the extent of letters/material held at Ushaw concerning 18thC recusancy in Britain

Some lovely books out on our monastic tables in the Refectory Library, ready to welcome delegates from the @ResearchDurham conference. #DurhamRRL https://t.co/NEoNy7kEE0 ResearchDurham photo

Here's @AbbotsMedieval revealing some of the hidden treasures in Ushaw College's Big Library at Durham's inaugural RRL conference. @ResearchDurham @UshawLibrary https://t.co/EHL3hk7Z7G ResearchDurham photo

Had a fantastic time at @ResearchDurham conference in Durham. Was great to see familiar faces and meet new ones and to hear a vast array of papers across a long time period. I will probably try and sum up a few papers I heard tomorrow. Until then: https://t.co/xcdF6Debtu ResearchDurham photo

On the train home after the fantastic #DurhamRRL conference with lots to think about; thanks to @ResearchDurham, @IMEMSDurham and all the presenters!