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UCL RIC Visiting Fellowship in Special Collections

UCL - UCL Research Institute for Collections

Location: London
Salary: A grant of £3,500
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th November 2021
Closes: 6th February 2022
 

The UCL Research Institute for Collections is offering an inaugural Visiting Fellowship in Special Collections for a scholar in any field of study to visit UCL to conduct research on a topic focused on the UCL Special Collections holdings.

The successful candidate will spend up to six weeks between April and December 2022 at UCL researching the collections.

The aims of the Fellowship are to facilitate new research into UCL Special Collections and to raise awareness of the collections amongst the research community and the general public. The Fellow will be expected to engage with the curatorial and research community at UCL, and to disseminate the research outcomes to academic and non-academic audiences. Fellows will have the option of having their work considered for publication by UCL Press.

The Visiting Fellow will receive:

  • A grant of £3,500
  • Workspace on the UCL Bloomsbury campus
  • Mediated access to the collections
  • Access to staff with specialist knowledge of the collection in question

The Fellow will be required to provide, as a minimum:

  • A research output in the form of a recorded lecture, a conference paper, a publication or a scholarly digital resource
  • A blog post of at least 500 words on the Special Collections blog
  • A short report describing the research experience
  • A staff briefing about the collections used
  • Acknowledgement of the grant in any resulting publications

UCL Special Collections

UCL Special Collections holds one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. They include fine collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books as well as highly important 19th and 20th century collections of personal papers, archival material, and literature, covering a vast range of subject areas.

The core subject strengths of the collections are:

  • Language, literature and poetry from the 15th to the 21st centuries, particularly in English and Italian
  • 20th and 21st century small-press publishing
  • Politics and social policy, especially 19th and 20th century reform movements
  • History of Science, especially Medical Sciences and Genetics
  • Mathematics
  • Early modern printed books
  • Latin American history and economics, particularly 19th and 20th century
  • Hebraica and Judaica
  • History of Education, especially 20th century
  • History of London, especially 19th and 20th century
  • University College London (UCL), including predecessors and affiliated bodies

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

The Fellowship is open to researchers external to UCL in any discipline. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD by 31 January 2022. Fellows need to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK before making arrangements.

The Selection Committee will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • The demonstrated need to consult specific items or collections within UCL Special Collections
  • The potential of the project to increase public understanding of the materials consulted
  • The potential of the project to make an original contribution to research and/or to develop innovative research methods for the study of these materials
  • The feasibility of the research objectives

The deadline for applications is 6 February 2022:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/special-collections/ucl-special-collections-visiting-fellowship

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