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Visiting Research Fellowships 2012-13

The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance of the University of Warwick (UK) and the Center for Renaissance Studies of the Newberry Library, Chicago invite applications for Visiting Research Fellowships to be held at Warwick University. Successful candidates will pursue a research project relating to “Reading Publics in Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Europe” (see


The fellowships, funded by an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for the Renaissance and Early Modern Communities in a Transatlantic Perspective project, are intended to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between the institutions affiliated with the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick.

Purpose of the Fellowships:

Each fellow will pursue a small, well-defined research project at the University of Warwick. For pre-doctoral applicants, the research project may be part of the candidate’s dissertation research and writing. For postdoctoral candidates, it is envisaged that the project will allow the candidate either to deepen or expand an aspect of his/her dissertation with a view to its publication, or to pursue a new research strand, again with a view to dissemination of the results (e.g. through a conference paper and/or an article). Applicants are expected to state clearly how their research project is linked to the Reading Publics project.

Each fellowship supports: 
  • economy travel to and from the University of Warwick (maximum £1,000)
  • a subsistence and accommodation allowance of up to £500 a week
  • the total cost of each Fellowship will not exceed £5000 (for 8 weeks); £7000 (for 12 weeks)
  • in addition, a small research fund of up to £400 per fellow e.g. to facilitate travel to neighbouring libraries and research collections
  • if relevant, admin and reader fees will be paid for a research-related trip of no more than 1 week’s duration, to the Newberry Library (for US applicants on return to the US; for UK applicants, this will include travel)

The Fellowships are designed for at least 8 weeks, and up to 12 weeks (Please specify preferred timeframe in your application). All Fellowships may be taken up during the 2012-2013 academic year and in any case must not extend beyond June 2013. Fellows will be responsible for organising their own travel and accommodation arrangements, although the Warwick administration will provide whatever support and advice it can for making these practical arrangements. The Fellowships are intended for individual researchers; regrettably the University of Warwick will not be able to accommodate partners or dependants.

Eligibility and criteria:

Applicants should be advanced doctoral students, or post-doctoral students; priority will be given to doctoral students attending institutions that are members of the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium, and recent post-doctoral graduates of those institutions. However, non-consortium applicants are welcome to apply. For a list of Consortium Institutions, see .

The Visiting Fellows may be drawn from any disciplinary context in Renaissance studies (broadly defined) or in the Classical tradition; candidates must demonstrate a scholarly interest in advancing their knowledge and understanding of the intellectual, social and cultural developments relating to early modern Italy. Preference will be given to applicants who show how a period of study at Warwick will help their research, and how their research project is linked to the Reading Publics project.

How to apply:

Applicants should complete the form at:-

Please remember to include a CV (2 pages max.) and a research plan for the period of the fellowship, of no more than a page, including an outline of how the period of study will advance the project, specifying the preferred period of stay at Warwick and if (and why) funding is sought for research in the Newberry Library. Applicants will also require two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from their doctoral supervisor; referees may also send in their letters of recommendation as e-mail attachments, [address below] from an institutional e-mail address. The selection committee reserves the right to ask for a signed hard copy, if it deems this necessary.

The Secretary
Centre for the Study of the Renaissance
University of Warwick
United Kingdom


Application deadline, midnight (GMT)

15 November 2012