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RSA–Bodleian Library Fellowship

The RSA–Bodleian Library Research Fellowship supports a one-month residence in Oxford by a member of the RSA for the purposes of research in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library.

The manuscript and printed book collections of the Bodleian Library support scholarship in many aspects of renaissance studies. Thanks to the purchase of the greater part of the Canonici collection in 1817, the Bodleian holds one of the most important collections of Italian renaissance manuscripts outside Italy. Highlights of the manuscript collections include music, poetry and devotional texts from the 15th and 16th centuries; documents, poetry, and astrological/medical manuscripts from the 15th and 16th centuries, and state papers, family correspondence, and numerous political and religious commentaries and treatises, from the 16th century. The Bodleian’s printed book collections include the largest number of pre-1500 printed books in a university library. Significant collections of Hebrew manuscripts and printed books were acquired from an early period of the library’s history, and there are important collections in early modern science. Later additions included the large library of early modern drama and poetry belonging to the Shakespearean scholar Edmond Malone. College libraries complement the Bodleian holdings, and the Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together scholars in Oxford studying literature, history, and art history.

Location: Bodleian Library, Oxford University, UK.

Length: 1 month.

Stipend: $3,000.

Discipline: All disciplines.

Career Level: Open to scholars at all career levels (Non-Doctoral, Junior Scholar, and 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 and during the award year. Please join RSA or renew your membership before applying for a fellowship.
  • Applicants should apply for one RSA residential fellowship per year. 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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