Graduate Student Research Fellowship

Call for applications

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies is now accepting applications for its 2016-2017 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 collection of the pre-modern 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 texts, 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 up to $7200. Compensation frequency and method will depend on selected applicant, but will start no earlier than August 15, 2016, and continue until no later than June 30, 2017. The fellow is expected to spend 10-12 hours/week in the SIMS office in the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at Penn Libraries for the duration of the fellowship. 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 Philadelphia area during the 2016-2017 academic term.

Application Process
To be considered, applicants must submit the following by May 15, 2016:

  • A 2-3 page summary of the project that clearly states a) the goals of the project and projected outcomes, 2) its significance to manuscript studies, and 3) a workplan for the academic year.
  • A cv.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s advisor and another from an established scholar with expertise relating to the proposed project.


Applications should be sent by email to, preferably as a single pdf, or by post to:


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 May 1, 2016, to be considered. Decisions can be expected no later than June 1, 2016. Please direct questions to the above contact.

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