The David Laing Fellowship
The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, in association with the Centre for the History of the Book and Edinburgh University Library, offers one David Laing Fellowship per year. This Fellowship was established to encourage the scholarly use of libraries in Edinburgh, in particular the Special Collections of Edinburgh University Library.
The Fellowship, for a period of 2-6 months, provides a stipend of £1000, a private office in the Institute, and membership of IASH's lively research community. The Fellow is expected to play a full part in the activities of the Institute, as well as working closely with colleagues in the Centre for the History of the Book, and to give at least one seminar on his/her current research work during their tenure.
The research may be into any aspect of Bibliography or the History of the Book; priority is given to those whose work falls within the scope of one of the Institute's current Research Themes:
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 27 February 2009. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by email by 20 April 2009 with a formal letter of confirmation to follow; please ensure that you supply a valid email address so that you can be contacted quickly after decisions are made.
The completed application form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent (by airmail from outside the UK) to:
References: A minimum of two and a maximum of three references are required. Applicants should ask their referees to write in confidence directly to the Institute Director at the address above or by email to email@example.com by 27 February 2009. At least one referee should come from outside the institution of the applicant. Referees should comment on the nature and quality of the research proposal, as well as on the qualifications of the applicant.
NOTES FOR GUIDANCE:
1. Candidates for Fellowships will normally hold a doctorate. Consideration will be given to the academic record and the publications of all applicants and their capacity to disseminate their views among a community of like-minded people. Candidates should give evidence of any contact they have made with researchers at the University of Edinburgh, and of proposed collaboration during their visit to Edinburgh; those who do make such contact before submitting their applications will be at an advantage.
2. The Institute was established in 1970 to promote enquiry of the highest standards in the Humanities, broadly conceived. Inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary study is encouraged. All applications should state clearly the relationship of the proposed scheme of work to one or more of the current Research Themes of the Institute.
3. Fellows are expected to be resident in Edinburgh throughout the tenure of their Fellowship and to play a full part in the activities of the Institute. The Institute will be pleased to help with finding suitable accommodation in Edinburgh but is unable to pay accommodation costs. The minimum tenure for a Fellowship is two months; applications for less than two months will not be considered.
4. No regular teaching is required but Fellows usually give at least one seminar on their current research work.
5. The Institute is close to the University Library and within easy reach of the National Library of Scotland, the Central City Library, the National Galleries and Museums, the Library of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland, the library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the National Archives of Scotland.
6. Only fully completed applications will be considered. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that all documentation is complete, and that referees submit their reports to the Institute by the closing date. Applications may include a copy of any one article or publication that is thought to be specially relevant to the research proposal and Fellowship submission.