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Year-long professional development projects for emerging global leaders
The British Library awards two professional development fellowships each year through a special collaboration with Chevening, the UK government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders.
Each fellowship takes the form of a unique project-based placement that will support British Library staff to capitalise on the breadth and depth of our collections and expertise, enable new types of research, inform strategy and foster international collaboration.
Upon completion of their projects, our fellows join the highly regarded global network of Chevening alumni. We are delighted to be part of a programme that will build a community international ambassadors for the value of professional research and personal development at the British Library.
Forthcoming projects (2020/21)
Automating the recognition of historical Chinese handwritten texts
Ukrainian collections at the British Library: past, present, future
Applications for these projects have closed and appointed Fellows will be announced in due course.
Projects underway (September 2019 - September 2020)
Research on digitised archival material from Latin America and the Caribbean
Fellow: Chantelle Richardson
Supervisors: Jody Butterworth (Curator, Endangered Archives Programme), Phil Hatfield (Head of Eccles Centre for American Studies)
Research on the British Library’s African-language printed books collections
Fellow: Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún
Supervisor: Marion Wallace (Lead Curator, Africa)
Academy and Society in the Balkans 1850-1950 (2018-2019)
Fellow: Sanja Stepanovic-Todorovic
Supervisor: Milan Grba (Lead Curator South-East European Collections)
Fellow: Akmal Bazarbaev
Supervisor: Michael Erdman (Curator, Turkish and Turkic Collections)
Endangered Archives – North Africa and the Middle East (2018-2019)
Fellow: Rihana Suliman
Supervisor: Jody Butterworth (Curator, Endangered Archives Programme)
Fellow: Parthasarathi Bhaumik
Supervisor: Antonia Moon (Lead Curator, post-1858 India Office Records)
News and Media in South Asia: Past and Present (2016-2017)
Fellow: Junaid-ul-Hassan Sheikh
Supervisor: Arani Ilankuberan (Curator South Indian Collections)
Big data and libraries (2016-2017)
Fellow: Oluwaseun Obasola
Supervisor: Maja Maricevic (Head of Higher Education)