The Durham Residential Research Library aims to enable and foster research across the three historic collections of Durham – those held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw, and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. They include not only libraries and archives, but also collections of visual and material culture, and architectural assets. The purpose of the Visiting Fellowships is to support research into these globally significant collections.
The Barker and Holland Visiting Fellowships are intended to support research into any of the collections held in Durham. In addition, a number of Lendrum Priory Library Fellowships are available specifically to 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 available here.
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.
In light of continuing uncertainties about working conditions and travel, the DRRL programme for the academic year 2021-22 will not commence until early 2022, and we are now advertising for fellows who are interested in coming to Durham between February and May.
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 Friday 6 August 2021. We shall aim to notify successful candidates by the end of August.
Fellows will be granted an honorarium of £1,800 per month towards their transport and subsistence costs. A small number of PhD bursaries may be available to the value of £540. Please note that fellows will be expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation.
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 the Oriental Museum. 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.
Information about the collections can be found here.
Academic enquiries: Dr James Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org
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