The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn brings manuscript culture, modern technology and people together.

Graduate Student Research Fellowship

2018-2019 Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Call for applications (due April 15, 2018)
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is now accepting applications for its 2018-2019 Graduate Student Research Fellowship. The fellowship has been established to encourage emerging scholars to engage with the rich manuscript resources at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection.  Working closely with a SIMS staff member, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop a project and gain experience working in a collaborative, digital humanities environment. The fellow will be expected to present his or her research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.

The fellow may undertake research on any aspect of the collections of premodern manuscripts in the Penn Libraries, including those of the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection. Research proposals are invited from any area of manuscript studies, including but not limited to the study of the material text, scripts, decoration and illustration, codicology, binding, and provenance. Other topics may relate to the history of libraries and collecting. Proposals should demonstrate that the Libraries’ pre-modern manuscript resources are integral to proposed research topics. Proposals with a digital component are encouraged though not required.

The fellow will receive a total stipend of $7200 to be dispersed over a nine-month period beginning  September 1, 2018, through May 31, 2019. During this time the fellow will be expected to spend 10-12 hours/week at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn Libraries. Precise beginning and end dates and a weekly schedule will be determined in consultation with the fellow upon appointment.

The fellowship is available to all graduate students attending universities in the greater Philadelphia area during the 2018-2019 academic term.

Application Process
To be considered, applicants must submit the following by April 15, 2018:

  • A 2-3 page statement of interest in SIMS an explanation of how the fellowship relates to the applicant’s research focus and career goals.
  • A CV.
  • A letter from the applicant’s Graduate Chair confirming departmental support of the graduate student’s application.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s advisor and another from an established scholar in the graduate student’s field with expertise relating to manuscript studies.

Applications should be sent by email to, preferably as a single pdf, or by post to the below address. Letters of recommendation should be submitted separately by email or by post.

Lynn Ransom
Curator, SIMS Programs
Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies
University of Pennsylvania Libraries
3420 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104

All application materials must be received by April 15, 2018, to be considered. Decisions can be expected no later than May 1, 2018. Please direct questions to the above contact.