Fleeman Fellowship

The School of English is pleased to invite applications for an award of up to £10,000 to support a visiting scholar wishing to carry out research in 18th century literature and culture at St Andrews during 2023-2024.


In 1998, the library of J. D. Fleeman, bibliographer and editor of Samuel Johnson, was presented to the University of St Andrews, of which Fleeman was a graduate, by his widow Isabel. Isabel Fleeman also presented an endowment to the University to fund research in honour of her husband's distinguished scholarly work.

About the award

Fellows may be at any stage in their career, but will normally hold a doctoral degree. They will work at St Andrews for a period to be mutually agreed, but not less than six weeks, in the academic year 2023-2024. Applicants may propose to split their residence in St Andrews into more than one block of time.

Fellows will be invited to present a paper on their research to a School seminar. Proposed periods of residence must include at least one teaching week so that undergraduate students may attend the research paper. In 2023-2024, teaching runs from 11 September to 24 November and from 15 January to 5 April.   The fellow will be expected to write a page-long report on their research activity following the fellowship. 

Awards are intended to cover Fellows’ travel, accommodation, living and research expenses while in St Andrews and will take the form of reimbursement of expenses or bookings made directly through University travel and accommodation services. The total value of expenses claimed cannot exceed £10,000. The fellowship competition is open to scholars from any part of the world.

How to apply

Applicants should send a resume or CV (including the names of two referees), a research proposal and covering letter to engres@st-andrews.ac.uk by 27 March 2023. Applicants should also ask one of their referees to send a reference to the same address by that date. Second referees will only be contacted if the first reference does not arrive.

Research proposals are particularly welcome from scholars working on Samuel Johnson, but the awards are open to researchers working on any aspect of 18th century literature and culture. Covering letters should indicate the applicant’s preferred timing for taking up the fellowship if successful.

The School hopes to notify applicants of the outcome by the beginning of April 2023.


Please direct any queries about the Fellowship to Dr Tom Jones, tej1@st-andrews.ac.uk