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The RSA–Kress Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) Fellowship

This fellowship of $3,000 will support a one-month residence of full-time Art History research in the CRRS collections at Victoria College in the University of Toronto and at other research libraries in the University of Toronto system ($4,000 for fellows traveling from outside North America). All fellows are invited to participate in the activities of the CRRS, thereby sharing their knowledge and research with other scholars and students, all disciplines.

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College in the University of Toronto is a research centre and library, with a collection of more than four thousand sixteenth-and seventeenth-century volumes on the classics, religion, philosophy, language, and literature. The Centre’s collection of early editions of Erasmus in one of the strongest in the world. The library also holds a large non-circulating collection of important modern publications in most disciplines of early modern studies.

The CRRS is a quiet and comfortable working space, overlooking the beautiful quad of Victoria College in the University of Toronto, an ideal venue for research and writing. There are approximately eighty full-time faculty at the University of Toronto who study aspects of early modern culture in a wide variety of disciplines; the CRRS encourages contact with faculty and graduate students through a yearly series of workshops, distinguished visiting speakers, and international conferences.

The Department of the History of Art at the University of Toronto is especially rich in early modern faculty with five full-time professors actively researching in related areas of art and architectural history. CRRS fellows are granted access to the broader University of Toronto library system, which ranks third in North America. The art historical collections of the University of Toronto library system are appropriately extensive.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies homepage

CRRS Rare Books holdings

Art (History) Department of the University of Toronto homepage

University of Toronto Libraries catalogue

Location: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS), Victoria College, the University of Toronto.

Length: 1 month.

Stipend: $3,000 (for a researcher traveling from within North America) or $4,000 (for a researcher traveling from outside of North America).

Discipline: Art history.

Career Level: Open to scholars with the PhD (Junior Scholar or Senior Scholar). Read more about RSA’s career level definitions.


  • Please note that all applicants must be members of the Renaissance Society of America at the time of application. If you are not a current member, please join RSA or renew your membership before applying for a fellowship.
  • Applicants should apply for one RSA residential fellowship per year, but may list an alternate location if desired. Indicate the residential fellowships for which you wish to apply, and explain in your application how the selected collections will facilitate your research. Full list of RSA fellowships.

Application components

  • Project description
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevance of collection(s) to project

General guidelines for residential fellowships

  1. The research proposal must be relevant to specific library collections and should indicate primary collection resources that are relevant to it.
  2. The fellowship must be used for full-time onsite research during the period of residency at the specific library, working on its collection.
  3. The residency must begin on or after 1 July of the year awarded and end on or before 30 June of the following year, and may not be subdivided into more than one continuous period of residency at the library.
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