Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships in Americas Studies at the British Library

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October 1, 2022 to December 16, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Native American History / Studies

These awards are offered to help support individuals wishing to visit London to use the British Library’s collections relating to the Americas (North America, the Caribbean, Central America, South America).

Who are the Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships for?

We are keen to hear from all kinds of serious researchers who have the potential to produce something new, exciting, challenging and different as a result of their research into the British Library’s Americas collections. As well as applicants from academic backgrounds working on scholarly research, we also welcome independent researchers, creative practitioners working on artistic and cultural projects, and journalists, educators and scientists working on public policy problems. This means that research towards a doctoral degree, an academic article, a poetry collection, a policy paper, a classroom resource, a theatre production, a body of painting or sculpture, a new fashion collection…all these kinds of projects and more will be considered.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age but can be based anywhere in the world.

What can I research as part of the Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship programme?

There are four research themes that we are particularly excited for researchers to explore through our collections.

  • Sounds and music of the Americas
  • Americans beyond the Americas
  • American environments
  • Religion and spiritualty in the Americas

Researchers are strongly encouraged to apply with projects that align with one of these themes. If you need to use the British Library’s Americas collections for an exciting and original project that falls outside the scope of these themes you may apply as a ‘wildcard’.

How much are the Fellowships, and how long do they last?

Applicants may apply for up to the following amounts, depending on where they are based:

  • The UK (within the M25) - £1,000
  • The UK (outside the M25) - £2,000
  • Europe (excluding the UK) - £2,500
  • Rest of World - £3,000

It is expected that the Fellowship stipend will support 3 - 4 weeks of work at the British Library. The 2023 awards can be taken up at any point between 1 April 2023 and must be completed by 30 September 2024.

Contact Info: 

Dr Philip Abraham, Visiting Fellowship Manager

The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

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