Visiting Research Fellowship

Senate House Library (in partnership with the Friends of Senate House Library) annually invites applications for a Visiting Research Fellowship.

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Visiting Research Fellowship

Senate House Library (in partnership with the Friends of Senate House Library) annually invites applications for a Visiting Research Fellowship.

Senate House Library/Friends of Senate House Library Visiting Research Fellowship Scheme

Senate House Library (in partnership with the Friends of Senate House Library) annually invites applications for a Visiting Research Fellowship (up to 3 months) to make use of the Library’s world-class collections. The funds available to the successful candidate are up to £10,000 for the stated period.

As well as 50 named special collections and over 1,800 collections of archives and manuscripts, from the Middle Ages to present day, Senate House Library provides access to over a million printed items, in addition to a nationally significant collection of print and electronic journals, and a growing range of e-resources and e-books, thus making it one of the world’s greatest research libraries for the study of the arts, literature, humanities and social sciences.

The Library is also a prime cultural destination in the heart of London, offering an innovative and exciting programme of free exhibitions and events to a wide range of audiences.

Senate House Library’s collections are particularly strong in nine core areas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to refer to one or more of these collecting and subject strengths in their application to ensure their project is aligned with the Library’s research priorities.

The Fellowship will give applicants from outside of the University of London the opportunity to undertake uninterrupted research on Senate House Library’s collections (for a period of up to 3 months), from July to September.

Further details and how to apply


  • The SHL/FSHL Visiting Research Fellowship is intended for applicants external to the University of London.
  • Applicants for the Fellowship should hold a PhD at the time of application, or equivalent qualification in their field of research.
  • Non-EEA applicants are reminded that if they require a visa in order to take up the Fellowship in the UK, it is their responsibility to secure the appropriate UK visa. If you think you require a UK visa please check the UK’s Government’s website for more information. Award of the Fellowship will be conditional on fulfilling this requirement.

Selection Criteria

The selection panel will consider applications according to the following criteria:

  • A demonstrated need to consult Senate House Library’s collections for their intended project.
  • A demonstrated plan to publicly disseminate the resulting research through publication of an article/chapter/essay in a peer reviewed journal/book/collection of essays.
  • The potential of the candidate to pro-actively contribute to the research culture of Senate House Library, the University of London and the School of Advanced Study.

Terms of Fellowship

  • The Visiting Research Fellowship will be awarded to enable research in Senate House Library collections.
  • The Visiting Research Fellowship will be awarded to external applicants to the University of London.
  • The Visiting Research Fellow will receive free membership of Senate House Library for a period of up to three months, and free use of a private study carrel on the 4th floor of the Library.
  • The Visiting Research Fellow will be expected to be regularly in the Library throughout the period of the Fellowship, and to participate in Library life through attendance to workshops, events, special lectures.
  • Access to Senate House Library collections and other user services will be provided according to Library regulations.
  • Funds available to the Visiting Research Fellow are up to £10,000 for a period of three months.
  • Funds are granted to cover allowable expenses such as travel, accommodation and subsistence to support a research visit to Senate House Library.
  • Accommodation in a double studio (self-catering) at the International Hall of Residence at a competitive rate.
  • Depending on the Fellow’s UK tax status, award funds may be subject to UK tax and NI.
  • Non-EEA Fellows are responsible to ensure they obtain the relevant UK visa to support their research trip in the UK for the duration of the Fellowship. For more information, please check UK’s Government’s website.
  • The successful candidate will be invited to take up the Visiting Research Fellowship between July and September.
  • Applicants should submit a report of their fellowship two months after completing the project.

Applications are currently closed

The fellowship is currently closed to new applicants but will be advertised again in Summer 2022.

The fellowship is usually announced at the end of November through the Library’s webpage and social media channels and also through the University of London Jobs page.

If you have any questions of enquiries about the Visiting Research Fellowship please contact Dr Maria Castrillo, Head of Special Collections and Engagement:

Current and Past Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Richard Ashby: Visiting Research Fellow 2020-2021

Dr Sugata Nandi: Visiting Research Fellow 2018-2019