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University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholarship Scheme 2016

Thursday 19 November 2015

The University of St Andrews Library is now accepting applications for Special Collections Visiting Scholarships.

Visiting Scholarships are an opportunity for applicants external to the University of St Andrews to research a topic in the Library’s Special Collections. The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university, and at whatever level.

Scholars will receive
• Financial support up to a maximum of £1,500 to cover travel and accommodation, but not subsistence.
• A warm welcome to Special Collections and invitations to take part in its activities, e.g. seminars and workshops
• Support from expert curators
• Scholarships can be taken at a mutually agreed time between 1 July and 31 August 2016.

All applications must be based strongly on the Special Collections of the University of St Andrews Library. The Scholarship scheme gives the applicants the opportunity to visit the University of St Andrews and experience first-hand the Library’s unique collections, which offer research potential across an exceptionally broad array of disciplines.

The University has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the University’s foundation. The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography.

In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant eighteenth-century collection dating from its period as a Copyright Library (1710-1836). The archives also include an exceptional collection of 15th-16th century materials relating to Fife and to the University and city of St Andrews. A longer description of the research highlights of the St Andrews Special Collections can be accessed here: Description of highlights (Word, 21 KB).

Application Process

Applicants are required to complete and submit the application form available from our Visiting Scholarship pages.

Applications for 2016 should be submitted electronically by Friday 8th January 2016. Further enquiries can be addressed to the Assistant Director of Library Services and Head of Special Collections, Gabriel Sewell, at