Funding: Special Collections Centre Visiting Scholars Awards, University of Aberdeen

Funded by the Friends of Aberdeen University Library and the Special Collections Centre

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2017

Applications are invited for the 2017 Special Collections Centre Visiting Scholar Awards at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen. These awards are available to academic researchers wishing to travel to Aberdeen to make use of materials held in the Special Collections Centre. They provide financial support towards the costs of travel and accommodation, up to £2,000 to cover expenses incurred over a period of two to four weeks, while pursuing a research project directly relating to the University’s collections. The Special Collections Centre is home to the University’s historic collections of books, manuscripts, archives and photographs. The holdings comprise over 230,000 rare printed books and 5,000 archival collections, with material dating to the 3rd century BC. For information about our holdings and facilities visit:

Visiting scholars will be granted access to library facilities at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, including access to the Wolfson Reading Room in the Special Collections Centre.

Eligibility: The award will be granted to scholars for a project relating to materials held in the Special Collections Centre. Applicants will be in possession of a PhD but the award is open to researchers at any stage of their academic career. Independent and emeritus scholars may also apply. University of Aberdeen staff may apply on behalf of a visiting scholar, in which case the scholar is to be invited to share research findings through a seminar, lecture or workshop.

Duration: two to four week period of study to be undertaken any time between 1 April and 22 December 2017. Residence: Scholars should normally be resident in the Aberdeen area for the duration of the award.

Expenses: Funds may be claimed against travel, subsistence and other reasonable research expenses. Scholars will make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and will be expected to submit receipts in order to claim expenses up to the value of £2,000.

Schedule: Applications will be peer-reviewed under the supervision of the International Advisory Board of the Aberdeen Humanities Fund. Awards will made by a selection committee composed of Library staff, members of the Humanities Fund Board and representatives of the Friends of Aberdeen University Library. Applicants will be notified of decisions by 1 March 2017.

Outputs: This award should be acknowledged in any future publications arising from the research undertaken during the time of the award. Visiting scholars will also be expected to provide a short report of their research findings which will be made publicly available on our webpages.

To apply, please submit a project outline of 500-1,000 words, explaining the scope of the project and the relevance of the University of Aberdeen’s library collections to this research, along with a two-page CV. Enquiries and applications should be submitted to:

Deadline for applications: 1 February 2017.


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