New Library Fellowship programme

Thomas Nelson archive

IASH is delighted to announce a new Fellowship scheme for 2019-20 - the Library Fellowship, in association with the Centre for Research Collections.

The University of Edinburgh’s collections include approximately 100km of heritage material including archives, manuscripts, rare books, art, musical instruments and other museum collections.  Many of these unique collections have either not been catalogued or not fully researched, presenting novel opportunities to a wide range of scholarly disciplines. We are seeking applications from Early Career Researchers with an interest in specific collections held at the University. These include:

  • The papers of Scottish Court of Session in Edinburgh, Scotland’s supreme Civil Court, and perhaps 'the greatest hidden printed heritage of the Scottish Enlightenment'.
  • The records and library of Edinburgh-based educational publisher Thomas Nelson.
  • The correspondence of controversial journalist and political activist Arthur Koestler.
  • Manuscripts from the Middle East and North Africa in Arabic, Turkish and Persian, dating back to the 9th century AD.
  • The Malawi collections, including the papers of Roberts Laws who established the mission at Livingstonia, the papers of lawyer, government minister and anti-apartheid campaigner Colin Campbell, papers of minister and researcher Kenneth MacKenzie, papers of the Scotland Malawi Partnership, as well as a small collection of the Malawi Writers Group from the 1960s and 1970s.

A 2019-2020 Library Fellowship provides:

  • Research visit at the University of Edinburgh for three to six months
  • Bursary of £1,250 per month
  • Travel allowance of up to £500
  • Dedicated office space at IASH, University e-mail and library access, and much more

The deadline for applications is 29 April 2019. Find out more here.