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UK Government Chevening British Library Fellowship 2023/2024 for Professional Research in UK

The Chevening British Library Fellowship is currently open for applications.

Application Deadline: 1st November 2022.

To Be Taken At (Country): UK

About the Award: The Chevening British Library Fellowship is a collaboration between the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office and the British Library, offering international experts a year-long professional project-based placement. Fellows will have the privilege of working with the extensive library’s collections and benefit from the broad range of professional expertise of library staff.

The British Library is the national library of the UK and one of the world’s greatest research libraries. The British Library’s collection encompasses all fields of knowledge in hundreds of languages, covering 3,500 years from some of the earliest written records to the digital collections of the present day, and range over all formats. As a public-facing, culturally-active research institute, Chevening is pleased to partner with the British Library to bring international experts to the UK to pursue a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

For the 2023/2024 academic year, two placements are on offer and will provide fellows with experience in strategic and policy work relevant to a national library. There is one placement per theme:

West African Manuscripts Crowdsourcing Programme

Shan Collections at the British Library

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 2023 and is for a 12-month period of project-based activity at the British Library.

How to Apply: Apply before 1 November 2022

Visit Programme Webpage for Details

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