Maddock Research Fellowships

Marsh’s Library, founded in 1707, is located in the heart of Dublin beside St Patrick’s Cathedral. It houses a significant collection of 20,000 early modern Irish, British and continental European books and pamphlets, as well as a range of manuscripts.

We invite applications on any aspect of our rich collections, but we particularly welcome proposals relating to:

  • Early modern France
  • The Huguenots
  • The experience of Catholic and/or Protestant exile, asylum and refuge across early modern Europe

Marsh’s Library is interested in the questions of refuge and asylum because our first Librarian, Elias Bouhéreau (1643-1719), was a Huguenot refugee. A prosperous and well-connected medic based in La Rochelle, Bouhéreau fled France for England in 1686, worked as tutor to the children of the executed Duke of Monmouth and served in diplomatic missions for William III on the continent during the 1690s, before finally settling in Ireland.

His collection of over 2,200 books, 1,200 personal letters, political diary, and the working notes for a history of the Huguenots are preserved in the Library. These rich, largely-untapped sources are complemented by the papers of the Charitable Society for French Refugees in Dublin.

The Library catalogue can be explored at: www.marshlibrary.ie/catalogue/Search/Results?lookfor=&type=AllFields&submit=Find

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Fellowships

Scholars are invited to apply for short-term fellowships of between one week and one month to be held at any time between 1 October 2018 and 31 August 2019.

In order to incentivise visits that integrate our important but relatively small holdings into contemporary scholarship, the Library proposes to make three types of awards:

– up to €800 per person for a one-week Maddock Research Fellowship

– up to €1,000 per person for a two-week Maddock Research Fellowship

– up to €2,000 per person for a one-month Maddock Research Fellowship

These stipend rates apply to those travelling from abroad and from within Ireland but outside the greater Dublin area. If a successful applicant is studying or ordinarily resident in the greater Dublin area, the stipend rate will normally be 40% of the figures above. 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.

Eligibility

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. In other words, applications will be accepted from graduate students in their third or subsequent years of doctoral research.
  3. The Library welcomes applicants with specialist language skills or technical knowledge who wish to conduct preliminary research for a public exhibition based on our holdings. Such applicants do not need to hold a Ph.D. or be registered in a doctoral studies programme.

Duties of a Maddock Research Fellow

Visiting Research Fellows will be expected to:

  • conduct research among the holdings of the Library
  • submit a written report (1-2 pages) on their progress at the end of the fellowship
  • acknowledge the award of a Maddock Research Fellowship at Marsh’s Library in all resulting presentations and publications.
  • provide Marsh’s Library with one copy of any publication which results from the research undertaken during the fellowship.

How to apply

Applications for the research fellowships must be submitted via email to fellowships@marshlibrary.ie before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Friday, 21 September 2018.

Applications must be submitted in one attachment to an email in either Word or PDF format, and should comprise:

  • A short CV of no more than two pages
  • Details of the applicant’s project, paying special attention to the books and manuscripts to be consulted (no more than 1,200 words)
  • The names and contact details of one referee who has agreed to send by email a letter in support of the application to Marsh’s Library by 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Friday, 21 September 2018.

References

One reference in support of each application must be received by Marsh’s Library via email (fellowships@marshlibrary.ie) before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Friday, 21 September 2018.

Deadline for receipt of applications

Applications will close at 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Friday, 21 September 2018. Late applications will not be accepted.

Queries

Questions arising from this call for applications should be addressed to the Director of Marsh’s Library, Dr Jason McElligott, at jason.mcelligott@marshlibrary.ie

 

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

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