Research funding

All research funding schemes for the 2020-21 academic year have been postponed until further notice.

Pilot grants

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Friday 8 May 2020.

The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to offer Pilot Grants of up to £5,000 to support academic and Library staff at the University of Manchester who wish to conduct initial and exploratory research into the Special Collections at The University of Manchester Library in preparation for a larger, externally funded grant bid that would be held at the University of Manchester.

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Collaboration grants

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Friday 8 May 2020.

Collaboration grants are available to academic and Library staff at the University of Manchester who wish to gain insights from other researchers, specialists, disciplines, institutions or sectors to directly benefit academic research linked to the Special Collections at the University of Manchester.

Grants will support creative and innovative activities with individuals and organisations from outside the University of Manchester that will lead to new collaborations or the sharing of expertise, as a step towards a larger, externally funded grant bid. Applications for Collaboration grants can be made by individuals or groups.

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Digital Humanities grants

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 8 May 2020

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support Digital Humanities start-up projects that make use of the Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library. Applications may be made by individuals or groups wishing to undertake research during the 2020-21 academic year. The scheme is aimed both at those already working in this field as well as those new to Digital Humanities.

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Events grants

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday 8 May 2020

Grants are available to support events held at The University of Manchester and linked to the rich holdings of the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library or to allied academic fields. Grants can be used to support individual events or a series of linked events held during the 2020-21 academic year, including workshops, seminars, conferences, and public lectures.

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Artist in Residence fellowships

Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Friday 8 May 2020

The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to offer residencies of up to three months to early career researchers within four years of PhD award, who work in the creative arts, and whose research outputs are practice-based.

These residencies give early career researchers the opportunity to work at the John Rylands Library and experience first-hand the University of Manchester Library’s unique Special Collections which count among the foremost repositories of primary sources in the UK. These collections offer research potential across an exceptionally broad array of disciplines, chronologies and geographical areas.  The residencies also offer the opportunity to establish links with curators and academics at The University of Manchester.

Artists will receive £2,000 per month for a maximum of three months, plus desk space and access to specialist curatorial, grant-writing and academic support for the duration of their fellowship.

Applications should be emailed to jrri@manchester.ac.uk

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Early career research fellowships

Application deadline Friday 8 May 2020

Applications should be e-mailed to jrri@manchester.ac.uk    

Overview

This Fellowship gives early career researchers the opportunity to visit the John Rylands Library and experience first-hand the University of Manchester Library’s unique Special Collections which count among the foremost repositories of primary sources in the UK. These collections offer research potential across an exceptionally broad array of disciplines, chronologies and geographical areas.  The Fellowship also offers the opportunity to establish links with curators and academics at The University of Manchester.

What is a Visiting Early Career Research Fellowship?

Visiting Early Career Research Fellowships are an opportunity for applicants currently completing, or within two years of the award of their doctorate, to work on an application for an externally funded postdoctoral fellowship (for example, from the British Academy or Wellcome Trust) to conduct a future research project using the Library’s Special Collections. It is intended to allow those unfamiliar with either archival research or Special Collections, and specifically the rich holdings of The University of Manchester’s Special Collections, to identify areas of particular research promise for them. With the assistance of a skilled grant writer, successful candidates are expected to produce an application for a postdoctoral fellowship which would be focused on the holdings of the Library’s Special Collections and would be held at the John Rylands Research Institute for the duration of the fellowship. 

Assessment of applications

All applications are assessed by the Institute Directors in consultation with curators and academics.

Successful candidates will receive:

  • A stipend of £2,000 per month for up to 3 months to cover travel, accommodation and living expenses during the Fellowship (subject to tax and National Insurance)
  • Support from expert curators and the Institute grant writer
  • Introduction and mentoring by a subject-appropriate academic
  • Workspace and reading room provision
  • A warm welcome into the life of the Institute and invitations to take part in its activities

Pre-application advice is available from:

Advice on the UML Special Collections can also be directed to the relevant curator. A full list of curators and their curatorial responsibilities can be found on the JRRI website.

Essential criteria

  • Priority will be given to those candidates who show the greatest academic promise and whose current and proposed research demonstrates a close fit with the Library’s holdings
  • Applicants must have submitted their thesis at time of application
  • Applicants who have completed their PhD must be within two years of the award of their doctorate at the time of application

Visiting Early Career Research Fellow Application Process

Applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant curators in advance of submission to discuss their research plans. A full list of Special Collections staff and their curatorial responsibilities can be found on the JRRI website.

Applicants are required to complete and submit an application to include the details below and an application form:

  • Personal details
  • Project details to include: title of project, proposed start and end date of fellowship, objectives, methodology, an outline of potential sources to be consulted, and a description of how this project will build upon your existing research
  • An up to date curriculum vitae  (maximum 2 pages)
  • Details, including e-mail address, of two referees who can be contacted should the application be shortlisted

What will the Institute expect from the applicant?

  • That Fellowships are taken at a mutually agreed time within the 2020/21 academic year
  • A short blog post at the end of the Fellowship
  • Fellows will work with the grant-writer to develop concrete plans for postdoctoral fellowship applications

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