Fellowship Program

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR INAUGURAL FELLOWSHIP AWARD

The American Trust for the British Library (ATBL) and Harvard University’s Houghton Library are pleased to announce a new joint initiative, a visiting fellowship award to support a research project drawing on the collections of both the British Library and Houghton Library. The ATBL is accepting applications as of November 2019 for research visits to London and Cambridge, MA, in 2020-2021.

The ATBL shall award a four-week Fellowship for a research project in any department in the British Library and Houghton Library (two weeks at each library). 

The amount of the Fellowship will be $5,000 USD awarded to an emerging scholar, graduate student, recent recipient of a doctoral degree, as well as part-time and adjunct faculty, librarians and curators.  The successful applicant will use primary source material in the British Library and Houghton Library in any discipline in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Arts.

Eligibility:

The Fellowship is open to US citizens, 18 years or older, resident in the US or abroad.  Fellowships will not be open to Harvard students or faculty, or persons living within commuting distance of Houghton Library.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit the following information:

    1.  Application Cover Sheet
    2.  Curriculum Vitae
    3.  Research Proposal of 1,000 – 1,200 words.  Include preliminary list of British Library and Houghton Library collection material to be consulted.
    4.  Two academic letters of recommendation that specifically refer to the project proposal.
    5. Proof of citizenship (copy of U.S. passport or birth certificate)

The deadline for submitting a completed application is February 28, 2020.  The application documents must be submitted electronically. All of the forms and letters must be attached in a single email to the American Trust for the British Library at fellowship.atblus[at]gmail.com.  An acknowledgement of the application will be emailed to the applicant upon receipt.

One Fellowship will be awarded per year.  The awards will come from the ATBL. As part of the award, the Fellow will receive a complimentary one-year Library Fellow membership in the ATBL for the calendar year following completion of the Fellowship Program. 

The review of the applications will be conducted by the ATBL and the Houghton Library.  Notification of award will be emailed by the end of April, 2020. The Fellow will arrange the timing of the Fellowship visits with both the British Library and Houghton Library.  Due to renovation of the Houghton Library building, collections there will only become available beginning September 2020 (when Houghton reopens). The research at Houghton must be completed by June 30, 2021. 

The Fellow will be asked to make both a short written report (1,000 words) at the conclusion of the research period, as well as a brief presentation on the research project either in person or via videoconference at the ATBL’s Annual Meeting in New York City in October 2021.

Fellowship Partners

Coordinating the Fellowship, The American Trust for the British Library www.atbl.us is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and support the work of one of the world’s greatest research libraries.  The ATBL seeks to promote transatlantic understanding through related events, lectures, and discussion in the USA and the UK, as well as providing incremental financial and in-kind gift support for the British Library’s collection, preservation and outreach activities.

Houghton Library is Harvard’s principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. Houghton is a destination for students and scholars on campus and around the world. 

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and gives access to the world’s most comprehensive research collection. It provides information services to academic, business, research and scientific communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Do I need a visa to enter the UK? 
No, on the UK customs’ entry form, write “Research at the British Library” as the purpose of your trip.

2.  Can I use other libraries and/or research facilities? 
Yes, however, your main research should be conducted at the British Library and the Houghton Library.

3.  Is housing provided? 
No, housing in Cambridge, MA, and London are not provided.  The Fellowship funding may be used towards housing and transportation costs for your research visits.

4.  Can I attend conferences or colloquia? 
Yes, if they coincide within the periods of research in London and Cambridge and fit within your budget.

5.  If awarded the Fellowship, when can I go to the Houghton Library and the British Library?
Research must occur by June 30, 2021 at the Houghton Library and by August 31, 2021 at the British Library.  Due to renovation of the Houghton Library building, collections there will only become available beginning September 2020 (when Houghton reopens). The Fellow is expected to set the dates and budget for their research project. Applicants should provide this information in their proposal.

6.  Do I have to do all of my research within one month?
No, the Awardee should spend two weeks each at the Houghton Library and the British Library but may do so at any time within the dates listed in #5.

7.  What is the payment timetable? 
One installment of $2,500 up front and $2,500 on the completion of the project. 

8.  Who will be my main contacts? 
Seana Anderson, Executive Director, will be your contact at the American Trust for the British Library (ATBL).  Peter Accardo, Scholarly and Public Programs Librarian, will be your contact at the Houghton Library. 

9.  Do I have to submit a final report? 
Yes, the Fellow will be asked to make both a short written report (1,000 words) at the conclusion of the research period, as well as a brief presentation on the research project either in person or via videoconference at the ATBL’s Annual Meeting in New York City in October 2021.

10.  Do I need to pay taxes on the award?  
Yes, the award is taxable income to be paid by the recipient.

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