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University of St Andrews Visiting Scholarship 2019 - applications now open

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Applications are now open for the 2019 Visiting Scholarship scheme, at the University of St Andrews.

Visiting Scholarships offer applicants external to the University of St Andrews the opportunity to research a topic in the Library’s Special Collections. The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university, and at whatever level.

The Scholarship gives the applicant the opportunity to visit the University of St Andrews and experience first-hand the Library’s unique collections which offer research potential across an exceptionally broad array of disciplines.

Exploring Special Collections

The University of St Andrews has unique collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the past 600 years. The collection is especially rich in the history of science, theology and church history, literary studies and photography.

In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant 18th-century collection dating from its period as a copyright library (1710-1836). The archives also include an 'exceptional collection' of 15th- to 16th-century materials relating to Fife and to the University and city of St Andrews.

Scholarship details

Successful candidates will be in receipt of:

  • Financial support up to a maximum of £1,500 to cover travel and accommodation, but not subsistence, during the Scholarship
  • Accommodation in a University hall of residence. The cost of this will be paid directly by the University, which will also make all necessary arrangements for residency
  • A warm welcome to Special Collections and invitations to take part in its activities, e.g. seminars and workshops
  • Curatorial support during the Scholarship
  • Reading Room provision
  • Sponsored email account
  • Scholarships can be taken at a mutually agreed time between 1 July and 31 August 2019
  • Scholarships will last for a period of between two and eight weeks

How to apply

Applicants are required to complete and submit the application form available here. The form should include:

  • Personal details
  • Details of the intended project to include: title of project, proposed start and end date, vision, methodology and intended for outputs (no more than 2 pages of A4).
  • An outline of the sources to be consulted in line with essential criteria above
  • An up to date CV
  • An up to date list of relevant publications
  • One reference in support of the application

For full details, visit the university's website.

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