The Eccles Centre at the British Library supports research into the Library’s North American collections (covering Canada, the United States and the greater Caribbean). The Centre offers funding to scholars based in North America, as well as the UK and Europe, to cover research visits to the British Library to use the North American collections.
The Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award offer US-based scholars the opportunity to work at the Library for 6 months on a project which requires sustained use of the North American collections. Scholars may be working in any field of North American Studies relating to the peoples and cultures, histories and futures of the USA, Canada and/or the Caribbean.
However, the Centre also operates a set of research priorities each year. These priorities are not exclusive; instead they are intended to promote areas of strength in the Library’s collections. For the 2019 awards, applications are encouraged that consider topics in the fields of:
- North American and Caribbean Indigenous Studies
- Literary, theatrical and artistic connections in Canada, the Caribbean and the US
- Book history and arts in North America
- Pacific Ocean politics and geopolitics
- Migration in/from/through Canada, the Caribbean and the US
- LGBTQ cultures and histories in Canada, the Caribbean and the US
However, these are not exclusive: any topics related to North American studies, broadly conceived, will be considered.
Application deadline for the 2019-20 competition: 1 August 2018.
The Eccles Centre for American Studies works to increase awareness and use of the British Library's extensive collections of books, manuscripts, maps, journals, newspapers and sound recordings related to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
Founded in 1991 by David and Mary Eccles, the Centre works in collaboration with the Library's Americas curatorial team and external partners interested in the promotion of North American studies in the UK. The Centre runs a lively and diverse events programme, funds research and offers training in the North American collections, and produces bibliographic guides and web exhibitions designed to introduce the quality and breadth of the collections.
Dr Cara Rodway
The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Tel: +44 20 7412 7757