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Eccles Centre Fellowships and Awards

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 in 3 August 2015. For an informal discussion about the award, please contact Professor Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre on philip.davies@bl.uk. 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.


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 in 28 August 2015. For information on how to apply, visit the RCUK website.

Any enquiries about British Library internships should be directed to Dr Katie Howe (katie.howe@bl.uk) in the first instance.


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 2015 competition the following awards were offered:

  • One Visiting Professor Award of £7000 is offered to help support three months of research at the British Library by a senior scholar from the USA or Canada.
  • 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-based doctoral students 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.

The administration of these Awards is managed by the British Association for American Studies. The award holders are required to acknowledge the support received in any resulting publications, and will submit a brief written report and a financial report support by receipts, to the Eccles Centre and to BAAS at the end of the Award period.

Candidates should note that no extra funding will be available in addition to the award. 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.

Candidates were asked to submit a brief CV and a document outlining the nature of the North American Studies research they propose to undertake at the British Library (total number of pages should not exceed four).

Any queries should be sent to: awards@baas.ac.uk.

The 2016 competition will be advertised in the autumn of 2015.

Read about the current award holders and previous recipients here.


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 www.andermcintyre.wordpress.com.


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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