The American Trust for the British Library

2023–2024 Transatlantic Fellowship Program

The American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) Transatlantic Fellowship Program co-sponsors a series of transatlantic fellowships that connect the research collections of the British Library with the holdings of select American institutions.


The American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) Transatlantic Fellowship Program is conceived as an integral part of the ATBL’s mission to promote and support the work of the British Library, one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The ATBL seeks to promote transatlantic understanding through related events, lectures, and discussion in the United States and within the United Kingdom, as well as providing incremental financial and in-kind gift support for the British Library’s collection, preservation, and outreach activities.

The ATBL’s Transatlantic Fellowship Program supports research projects that make use of collections in any department in the British Library as well as those housed with a partner institution in the United States. The term “transatlantic” refers not to the subject matter of a Fellow’s proposed project (though projects with transatlantic subjects are always welcomed), but instead to the transatlantic collaboration between the ATBL, on behalf of the collections of the British Library, and the holdings of an American partner organization.

The Program especially targets graduate students, recent PhDs, early career scholars, adjunct faculty, independent scholars, librarians, or curatorial staff who otherwise do not have access to departmental research funds.


The 2023–2024 ATBL Transatlantic Fellowships are designed to support at least four weeks of research between both the British Library and the American Partner Organization, with at least one week of research time at each institution. A projected schedule of study will be outlined as part of the Fellowship application. The successful applicant, hailing from any academic discipline, will propose a research project that makes equal use of primary source material found in any collection of the British Library as well as in the American Partner Organization.

The amount of the Fellowship will be $5,000 USD, and the Fellow will join the ATBL as a complimentary one-year Library Fellow for the calendar year following completion of the Fellowship Program. 

The Fellow will have the opportunity to present on the research completed on a designated ATBL panel at the Modern Language Association’s (MLA’s) annual conference and at the ATBL’s Annual General Meeting, as well as other opportunities at the discretion of the American Partner Organization.


Click below to learn more, and to apply!

For additional questions, please email fellowships@atbl.us .


The American Trust for the British Library and its Transatlantic Fellowship Partner Organizations do not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status when considering Fellowship applicants. Any demographic information related to the above may be voluntarily provided by the Fellowship applicant on the online application form, but, unless otherwise noted in the application materials, this information will be collected solely for internal recordkeeping and will neither be available or accessible to the review committees of the American Trust for the British Library and Partner Organizations, nor be considered in relation to the applicant’s submitted materials as part of their formal Fellowship application.

The review committees of both the American Trust for the British Library and the American Partner Organization will abide by a conflicts of interest policy which recuses review committee members from evaluating candidates with whom members directly work or share current institutional affiliations, or of whom members have direct and personal knowledge. All applications will be assessed in relation to the applicant’s demonstrated connections between the proposed research topic and the collections to be consulted at both the British Library and the American Partner Organization according to the criteria specified by each individual Fellowship Program.

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