Maddock Research Fellowships, 2021


Marsh’s Library, founded in 1707, is located in the heart of Dublin beside St Patrick’s Cathedral. We invite applications for Maddock Visiting Research Fellowships on any aspect of our rich collections.

Marsh’s Library houses a significant collection of 20,000 early modern Irish, British, and continental European books and pamphlets, as well as a range of manuscripts. Our Benjamin Iveagh at Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park is a collection of beautifully-bound, fine editions with particular strengths in eighteenth-century Irish politics, history, and literature

We welcome proposals on any aspect of collections, but we particularly welcome proposals relating to exile and asylum; readers and reading; and collecting and the history of collections. The Library catalogue can be explored at:

Marsh’s in the 1950s

 Terms and conditions

We invite applications for short-term fellowships of between one week and one month to be held at any time between 1 January and 31 December 2021. To encourage projects that integrate our important but relatively small holdings into contemporary scholarship, the Library proposes to make three types of awards:

  1. Up to €900 per person for a one-week Maddock Research Fellowship
  2. Up to €1,200 per person for a two-week Maddock Research Fellowship
  3. Up to €2,000 per person for a one-month Maddock Research Fellowship

The stipend can be claimed either when the scholar is in residence, or in arrears up to three months after the tenure of the Maddock Research Fellowship. The decision of the selection committee on all matters relating to the award of a Maddock Research Fellowship shall be final.

View towards St Patrick’s Cathedral


There are three distinct areas of eligibility:

  1. Emerging and established scholars who hold a Ph.D. degree.
  2. Promising graduate students who have completed more than two years of a Ph.D. programme.
  3. Applicants with specialist language skills or technical knowledge who wish to conduct preliminary research for an exhibition, work of art, or other public engagement based on our holdings. Such applicants do not need to hold a higher degree.

Duties of a Maddock Research Fellow

Visiting Research Fellows will be expected to:

  1. Conduct research among the holdings of the Library (either in St Patrick’s Close or Farmleigh).
  2. Submit a written report (1-2 pages) on their progress at the end of the fellowship.
  3. Acknowledge the award of a Maddock Research Fellowship at Marsh’s Library in all resulting presentations and publications.
  4. Provide Marsh’s Library with one copy of any publication which results from the research undertaken during the fellowship.

    Second Gallery in Marsh’s Library

How to apply

Applications for the research fellowships must be submitted via email to before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on 15 November 2020. Applications must be submitted in one attachment to an email in either Word or PDF format, and should comprise:

  1. A short CV of no more than two pages
  2. Details of the applicant’s project, paying special attention to the books and manuscripts to be consulted (no more than 1,200 words)
  3. The names and contact details of two referees who have agreed to send by email a letter in support of the application to Marsh’s Library by 5.00 pm (Irish time) on 15 November 2020.


Two references in support of each application must be received by Marsh’s Library via email ( before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on 15 November 2020. Referees must send their recommendation direct to Marsh’s Library. References from third parties sent by the applicant to Marsh’s Library will not be accepted.

Our Benjamin Iveagh Library

Deadline for receipt of applications

Applications will close at 5.00 pm (Irish time) on 15 November 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.


Questions arising from this call for applications should be addressed to the Director of Marsh’s Library, Dr Jason McElligott, at


N.B. The Library has a legal duty to do all that it can to keep its staff, visitors, and readers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have rigorous safety procedures in place. Successful applicants who wish to come to Marsh’s Library during 2021 will need to liaise about timings with the Library staff. If travel restrictions are in place in 2021, fellowships may be deferred until 2022. We will, in all cases, be guided by the advice of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE).


The Maddock Research Fellowships are made possible by the generosity of Philip and Niamh Maddock of Rhode Island, USA.

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