Maddock Research Fellowships, 2022-23

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 the history of reading, the history of science, or French and Huguenot culture.


Scholars are invited to apply for fellowships of between one week and one month to be held between 1 August 2022 and 31 July 2023.

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:

  • €1000 per person for a one-week Maddock Research Fellowship
  • €1,500 per person for a two-week Maddock Research Fellowship
  • €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 50% 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.


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.

How to apply

Applications for the research fellowships must be submitted via email to before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

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 Wednesday, 1 June 2022.


One reference in support of each application must be received by Marsh’s Library via email ( before 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Wednesday, 1 June 2022.

Deadline for receipt of applications

Applications will close at 5.00 pm (Irish time) on Wednesday, 1 June 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

Notification of results

All applicants will be notified by email of the status of their application on Wednesday, 15 June 2022.


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


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

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