How to Apply
The recently-launched Durham Residential Research Library is delighted to invite applications from researchers for Visiting Fellowships, of one month 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.
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 (https://www.durhampriory.ac.uk/). The Holland Visiting Fellowships support research into any of the collections held in Durham. Applicants do not need to apply separately for named fellowships. Those whose research falls within the subject area of the named fellowships will be automatically considered for those fellowships as well as for the general scheme.
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.
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.
There will be five fellowship intakes throughout the academic year, lasting for four weeks each:
- 28 September – 23 October 2020
- 16 November – 11 December 2020
- 1 February 2021 – 26 February 2021
- 26 April 2021 – 21 May 2021
- 31 May 2021 – 25 June 2021
Applicants should indicate their preferred dates. 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. A small number of PhD bursaries will be available to the value of £540. Self-catered ensuite study bedrooms at Ushaw (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.
Applicants are strongly 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. This is particularly important in the case of the Cathedral collections, and applicants should be aware that the Cathedral Library is normally open only three days each week. Recipients of all fellowships are expected to be in continuous residence in Durham and to participate in and make a contribution to the intellectual life of the University.
Applications for the academic year 2020/21 should be submitted by noon on Monday 17 February 2020.
Fellowships for the academic year 2021-22 will be advertised in autumn 2020.
Academic Enquiries: Dr James Kelly, RRL Fellowships Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send applications to Barbara Jackson, RRL Administrator, RRL.email@example.com
Lendrum Priory Library Visiting Fellow (University of York, England)
I was delighted to be awarded a Lendrum Fellowship to work at the Durham Residential Research Library and to be part of the fantastic research community around these collections. My research would not have been possible without the fellowship, because the books I am working with are specific to Durham Cathedral in the sixteenth century, and offer important clues about what happened there during the Reformation. Durham is enormously fortunate in its collections because such a large proportion of its pre-Reformation books stayed in the region, whether in the Cathedral collections or gathered into the library at Ushaw, and it has great pleasure to be a part of the DRRL.
DRRL Visiting Fellow (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
While a Visiting Fellow at the DRRL I worked on two early modern topics relating to central and eastern Europe. I was able to study the English reception of the works of an Augsburg-born Jesuit, the different editions of the translation being available at Ushaw. I was also able to consult the collections in Durham Cathedral Library to explore the life of a chaplain to King Charles I, who was active in Transylvania in the mid-seventeenth century. The collection includes Hungarian-language original documents, testifying to the global reach of the collections in Durham. The whole research experience was hugely enjoyable, from the support of the library and archives staff, to plugging into the university’s research life and the opportunity to forge links with several academics.
Holland Visiting Fellow (St Mary’s University, Canada)
My Holland Fellowship at the DRRL was amazing. It provided me with easy access to outstanding archival collections and gave me the opportunity to discuss new research directions with Durham University colleagues. There is no question that my work will benefit significantly from the research that I was able to undertake there. I am so grateful for the experience.