Chevening British Library Fellowship 2021/2022 for Professional Research in UK

The Chevening British Library Scholarship is currently open for applications.

Application deadline: November 3, 2020.

To participate in (country): United Kingdom

About the Award: The British Library Chevening Scholarship is a collaboration between the British Foreign Office and Commonwealth Affairs and the British Library, providing international experts with a professional project-based placement for a period of one year. Fellows have the privilege of working with the library’s extensive collections and will benefit from the wide range of library staff’s professional experience. Please note that this scholarship is not suitable for those who wish to conduct their own research.

Fellows will take a period of project-based professional activity at the British Library, and receive support and supervision from library staff. Please note that this scholarship is not suitable for those who wish to conduct their own research.

For the 2021/2022 academic year, two placements are offered and will provide Fellows with experience in strategic and political work related to a national library. There is one site for each topic.

Theme 1 – Cataloguing Harari Sound Recordings

This fellowship is available in the following countries:

Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Somaliland, or Yemen and currently reside in country

Theme 2: Latin American Indigenous Languages in Early Printed Books

This fellowship is available in the following countries:

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Mexico

Type: Fellowship

Eligibility: To be eligible for a Chevening British Library Fellowship, you must:

  • Demonstrate the potential to rise to positions of leadership and influence
  • Demonstrate that you possess the personal, intellectual, and interpersonal attributes reflecting this potential.
  • Be a citizen of the above-listed countries.
  • Return to your country of citizenship at the end of the period of the fellowship.
  • Have a postgraduate level qualification (or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area) at the time of application.
  • Have significant professional and/or academic research experience (at least five years).
  • Be currently employed or a currently enrolled PhD candidate (PhD must not be with a UK/EU or USA university).
  • Provide evidence of meeting at least the minimum English language abilities for Chevening Awards.
  • Not hold British or dual British citizenship.
  • Not be an employee, a former employee, or relative of an employee (since July 2016) of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions, the Department for International Development, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office), the British Council, or a staff member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Note: Immediate relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years).

Please note that applicants who have previously received financial benefit from a HMG-funded scholarship or fellowship are eligible to apply after a period of five years following the completion of their first HMG funded award. In these cases, applicants will be required to demonstrate their career progression from that point.

Number of Awards: 2 (1 per Theme)

Value of Award: 

  • 12-month period of project-based activity at the British Library
  • Living expenses for the duration of the fellowship
  • Return economy airfare from their home country to the UK
  • Allowance package for fellowship-related activities
  • Up to £1,000 for approved project-related expenses

Duration of Programme: The fellowship starts in September 2021 and is for a 12-month period of project-based activity at the British Library.

How to Apply: Apply here before 3 November 2020.

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