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The John Rylands Research Institute

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PhD scholarship for black British students

The John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester is pleased to offer a fully funded PhD scholarship to postgraduate researchers wishing to pursue archival research using the University of Manchester Library’s Special Collections.

Recent data on University of Manchester students shows a clear underrepresentation of black students permanently resident in the UK on postgraduate research programmes, in comparison to the most recent UK census information. This is particularly notable in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, where black British students account for less than 1% of PhD researchers (compared to 3.4% of the UK population). This scholarship intends to support the increased representation of black researchers working with archives and Special Collections. As such, this scheme is restricted to black students. 

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships internal application process 2020

The John Rylands Research Institute is pleased to support applications to the Leverhulme Trust’s Early Career Fellowships (ECFs) for research projects linked to the rich Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library and to other research being carried out at the University of Manchester. ECFs are tenable on a full-time basis for a period of three years, and offer exceptional career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven record of research. 

Fellows are expected to undertake a significant piece of publishable work during the period of their award. As such, research proposals submitted to this scheme should not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research project. 

Informal queries may be directed to the JRRI Grant-writer, Aaron McGaughey:

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The Newberry Library–John Rylands Research Institute Exchange Fellowship

Deadline: 15 December 2019

The Newberry-Rylands Exchange Fellowship supports one fellow from each institution to apply for a one-month fellowship at the partner institution. Former Newberry fellows, at any career stage, will apply to the Newberry for a one month residency at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. Current University of Manchester researchers, at any career stage, will apply to the Newberry Library in Chicago for a one month residency at the Newberry.

All application materials should be submitted to the Newberry, but applications will be reviewed by each institution. The stipend will be $2,500 USD, or the equivalent in GBP. 

For more information, including application guidelines and additional fellowship opportunities, please visit the Newberry's fellowship page. Questions about the application process should be addressed to

Manchester Wesley Research Centre/University of Manchester Joint Visiting Research Fellowship

Deadline: 13 January 2020, 5pm (GMT)

The University of Manchester and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre are pleased to welcome applications to their Joint Visiting Fellowship programme. The aim of the fellowship is to promote research in the Methodist and Wesleyan traditions by facilitating scholarly access to the internationally renowned Methodist Archives held at the John Rylands Library in Manchester and the MWRC and Nazarene Theological College (NTC) library. One Visiting Fellowship will be awarded per annum.

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