The Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship in 18th-Century Scottish Studies

Applications are invited for the Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship in 18th-Century Scottish Studies, co-sponsored by the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS), the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (IASH).  The Fellowship is for two to six months and may be taken at any time of the year. Fellows are expected to be in residence in Edinburgh for the duration of the Fellowship and to participate fully in IASH activities.

The Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship honours two outstanding scholars of eighteenth-century Scottish literature and culture, Professor David Daiches (1912–2005) and Professor Susan Manning (1953–2013). David Daiches was one of the original directors of IASH during the 1980s and was the first recipient of ECSSS’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the Society’s first annual conference in 1987. Susan Manning served as director of IASH from 2005 until her death, President of ECSSS from 1994 to 1996, and continuously as a member of the ECSSS Executive Board from 1994 to 2013. She was awarded the ECSSS Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in May 2013. Although both David Daiches and Susan Manning had broad intellectual interests and expertise, each made a particularly important contribution to eighteenth-century Scottish studies as an interdisciplinary and international research field.

The fellowship provides a bursary of US$3000/£1800* towards travel and accommodation in support of research on any aspect of eighteenth-century Scottish studies. It is open to post-doctoral scholars of all nationalities, in all disciplines, and at all career levels. Fellows must be members of ASECS and ECSSS at the time the funds are awarded.

[*Note: actual award amounts may vary from year to year according to currency exchange rate and other factors.]

IASH is housed in an eighteenth-century courtyard close to the Edinburgh University Library, and about twenty scholars are in residence at any time. Fellows are allocated a private office in the Institute with all the usual research facilities. They are also encouraged to develop contacts with colleagues within the College of Humanities and Social Science. They give at least one seminar on their current research work during their tenure.

Donations

To ensure the fellowship continues, donations to the Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship fund are actively sought and appreciated.

Single donations can be made here.

Application procedure

The Closing date

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 January 2015. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Successful candidates will be notified by email by 15 March 2015, 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.

Online application form

Please complete the online application form.

References

  • A minimum of two and a maximum of three confidential references are required.
  • Applicants should ask their referees to email their reference to the Daiches-Manning Fellowship Committee at daichesmanningfellowship@gmail.com by the application deadline.
  • 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. IASH was established in 1970 to promote enquiry of the highest standards in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary study is encouraged.
  2. Candidates will hold a doctorate or equivalent professional qualification. 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. Competition for Fellowships is intense and preference may be given to applicants who have not previously held an IASH Fellowship.
  3. Fellows are expected to be resident in Edinburgh throughout the tenure of their Fellowship and to play a full part in IASH activities. 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 will give at least one seminar at IASH on their current research work and may be asked to speak to an appropriate subject group within the College of Humanities and Social Science.
  5. IASH 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. Access to both the extensive archival and online resources of all of these collections can be arranged for Fellows as appropriate.
  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 committee by the closing date. Applications may include a copy of one article or publication that is thought to be specially relevant to the research proposal and Fellowship submission.
  7. In the first year of the competition, the fellowship must be completed between 1 May and 31 December 2014. Beginning in 2015, the fellowship period may occur between 1 May and 30 April of the following year, depending on availability at IASH. Fellowships taken during the summer months are particularly encouraged.