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:
Oct = 9 Oct – 3 Nov 2023
Nov = 13 Nov – 8 Dec 2023
Feb = 12 Feb – 8 March 2024
May = 22 April – 17 May 2024
June = 3 June – 28 June 2024
Applicants should indicate their preferred dates. They should also indicate to which university department(s) and/or research centres their research most relates. Applications should be submitted by noon on Wednesday 27 September 2023. We shall aim to notify successful candidates by the beginning of October 2023.
Fellows will be granted an honorarium of £2,000 per month towards their transport and subsistence costs. A small number of PhD bursaries may be available to the value of £600. Please note that fellows will be expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation.
Those who have previously held fellowships are eligible to apply again after three years have elapsed since their previous award. Please note that the maximum times an individual can be awarded a fellowship is on three occasions, or the equivalent of three months, over a period of 10 years.
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 Oriental Museum, the Cathedral Library, 5 The College and Ushaw Library, all of which have limited opening hours. In particular, access to the Cathedral Archives at 5 The College will be very restricted between February and June 2024 and it will not be possible to accommodate fellows whose research would be exclusively or predominantly based on the Cathedral Archives during this time. There will also be restrictions on access for fellows wishing to use the Cathedral Archives alongside other collections; applicants should check details and make enquiries online here.
In addition to the above, access to the Cathedral Library will be highly restricted from August 2023 until further notice. It will not be possible to accommodate fellows whose research would be exclusively or predominantly based on the Cathedral Library collections, and those wishing to use any Cathedral Library collections at all in their research are strongly advised to contact the Head of Library and Collections at the Cathedral before applying:
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.
Academic Enquiries: Dr James Kelly, RRL Fellowships Coordinator, email@example.com
Please send applications to Barbara Jackson, RRL Administrator, RRL.firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the collections can be found here