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Eccles Centre Fellowships and Awards

Eccles Centre Visiting Professorship, Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards

The awards to help support scholars wishing to visit London to use the British Library’s collections relating to North America for this year have now been made. For the 2016 competition is now open and the following awards are offered:

  • One Visiting US Fellow Award of £2500 is offered to help support one month of research at the British Library by a senior scholar from the USA.
  • One Visiting Canadian Fellow Award of £2500 is offered to help support one month of research at the British Library by a senior scholar from Canada.
  • UK researchers from outside the M25 corridor may apply for one of five postdoctoral Visiting Fellowships, which offer £2250 to support at least one month of research at the Library.
  • UK doctoral students from outside the M25 corridor may apply for a Postgraduate Student Award of £600 to support research visits to the Library.
  • Researchers normally resident outside the UK in a country that has membership of EAAS may apply for the postdoctoral Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellowship (which offers £2500 to support at least one month’s research at the Library) or the European Postgraduate Award of £800 to support research visits to the British Library.

General terms and conditions

  • The administration of these Awards is managed by the British Association for American Studies.
  • Research visits should take place in the period April 2016 – September 2016.
  • All award holders will be required to submit a financial report on their visit, with receipts, to the Treasurer of the British Association for American Studies
  • The awards are designed to help defray travel, subsistence and other costs incurred by award holders in undertaking their projects at the British Library. Successful applicants for these Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards should contact the BAAS Treasurer as soon as their plans are finalised (and at least one month before the start of their research visit to the British Library), at which time a portion of the award will be made available.  A final reimbursement up to the maximum amount stated for each award will be made by the BAAS Treasurer after the research visit on delivery by the award holder of the required narrative report, and a financial report supported by receipts.
  • All award holders will be required to submit a short report on their visit to the British Association for American Studies and to the Eccles Centre that may be published in American Studies in Britain, BACS E-News or in other appropriate outlets.
  • All award holders will agree to acknowledge the support provided by the Eccles Centre in any publication resulting from this research visit, and to inform the Eccles Centre of any such publications. If the opportunity arises, it is expected that the award holders will present their work at an appropriate Eccles Centre/British Library seminar or conference.
  • No extra funding will be available. Candidates must ensure that they have sufficient funds to cover their own needs and the needs of any dependants during their stay. Award holders from outside the UK are individually responsible for fulfilling any regulatory requirements to enter the UK.
  • None of the organisations or individuals connected with this award are in a position to arrange travel or organise accommodation for award holders.

Any queries about the awards should be sent to:

How to apply

Applications should be in the form of a brief CV (no more than two pages), and a document explaining the nature of the North American Studies research being proposed at the British Library (no more than two pages).

Application must be submitted by email to; please indicate the name of the award in the subject line.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 30th January, 2016

Applications by fax will not be accepted.

Read about the current award holders and previous recipients here.

Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library Internship

The Eccles Centre, in partnership with Research Councils UK, is looking to recruit an intern to develop a resource that will enable researchers to get the most out of the British Library's collections related to American foreign policy. The resource could take the form of bibliographies, case studies, learning resources or a web exhibition. The intern will also be involved in engagement and publicity work to promote use of this resource. Read the full project description.

There is one placement available, and the competition is open to ESRC-funded PhD students only. The placement will be 3 months long and is expected to take place during the first half of 2016, subject to the student's availability.

The deadline for applications has now passed. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of the year.

Any enquiries about British Library internships should be directed to Dr Katie Howe ( in the first instance.

Fulbright-British Library Eccles Centre Scholar Award 2016-17

The award will be offered to a U.S. Scholar who would undertake research in the British Library’s collection relating to North America (the U.S. and Canada) for a period of six months. If available, the scholar may have the opportunity to take part in a programme of events and/or seminars, both at the British Library and at other partner institutions such as the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge. Grants may begin any time after September 1, 2016 but before April 30, 2017.

The deadline for applications has passed. For any questions about the award, please contact Professor Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre on For more information on the American collections, please see here and here.

For full details of the award and application process please consult the US Fulbright Scholar Catalog of Awards 2015-16. The outcome will be announced early in 2016.

Eccles Centre Special Fellowships and Awards

Eccles Centre Photography Fellowship

Photographer Ander McIntyre is the current holder of a two-year Eccles Centre Photography Fellowship, 2015-2017. Ander specializes in portraiture and is building an archive of Eccles Centre speakers, fellows and Writers in Residence. His work can be viewed at

Eccles Centre Doctoral Awards

Rosanna White (Royal Holloway University London) is conducting a PhD studentship on ‘Explorations and Geopolitics in the Polar Regions’, co-supervised by Dr Philip Hatfield.

Eleanor Bird (Sheffield University) is conducting PhD research on the representation of slavery in Canada, co-supervised by Dr Philip Hatfield.

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