Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowships for 2014, 2015 and 2016



Marsh’s Library is pleased to announce a public call for Visiting Research Fellowships of between one and three months duration. The Fellowships may be held at any point from 1 October 2014 to 30 September 2016. The monthly stipend is set at €2,000 per month.

Applicants for the Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowships must have a doctoral degree in hand and at least one peer-reviewed research output to their name. Students who have submitted their theses, but have not yet been awarded their degree are not eligible to apply.



Marsh’s Library holds important collections relating to the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment. When it opened in 1707 it was the first public library in Ireland. It is located in the heart of Dublin beside St Patrick’s Cathedral. The collection consists of about 30,000 printed items and 300 volumes of manuscripts, with particular strengths in British and continental European history and culture.

Marsh’s Library invites research proposals which consider our rich holdings across a number of themes. These themes include, but are not restricted to:

  • Travel literature and ethnography
  • The history of readership and ownership
  • Annotations, marginalia and ephemera
  • Concepts of science and scientific endeavour
  • The Enlightenment
  • Religious conflict, toleration and sectarianism
  • The Huguenots
  • French social, cultural and intellectual history
Benjamin Iveagh Library

The holdings of Marsh’s Library were augmented in 2009 with the donation by the Guinness family of the library of Benjamin, 3rd Earl of Iveagh. This important collection has great strengths in Irish history, literature and bookbinding from the eighteenth century to the late twentieth century. The Benjamin Iveagh Library remains at the former Guinness residence of Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park, and is managed for us by the Office of Public Works (OPW).
The selection committee welcomes applications which consider the Benjamin Iveagh Library either on its own terms, or in conjunction with the main holdings of Marsh’s Library.

An integrated catalogue of Marsh’s Library and the Benjamin Iveagh Library is available  here.



Applications are via the online submission system at: https://www.conftool.net/marshlibrary/

The closing date for this call is 5.00 p.m. (Irish time) on Friday 20th December 2013.

In order to submit an application, users must create an account on Conftool and enter their personal contact details. They will then be able to enter their research proposal, CV, and publications details. Applicants must also ask two referees to write a letter in support of their application. The referees must send this letter to Marsh’s Library as a PDF attachment to an email. This email should be addressed to keeper@marshlibrary.ie, and reach the library by the closing date for the competition.

Applications for which two letters of reference have not been received by email by the above closing date will be considered invalid.


Questions arising from the Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowship Scheme may be addressed to Ms Maria O’Shea at keeper@marshlibrary.ie



The Visiting Research Fellowships are named in honour of Muriel McCarthy, who retired as Keeper of Marsh’s Library in October 2011 after 44 years service in the Library. The first of the annual calls for applications was made in March 2012, and a total of 13 Muriel McCarthy Research Fellowships were awarded. The second call was made in October 2012 and a further 10 Fellowships were awarded.





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