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Call for proposals Scaliger Institute fellowship grants

The submission deadline for applications to Leiden University Libraries (UBL) Scaliger Institute fellowship programmes has been set for 1 April 2024. The Scaliger Institute, the special collections research centre of the UBL, supports scholars in any field of study and from anywhere in the world to undertake research, explore, and examine the extensive Leiden Special Collections by supplying research grants.

Scaliger Institute fellowships

The Scaliger Institute offers several fellowships, each with a different focus. The Lingling Wiyadharma Fellowship offers the opportunity to three scholars to spend up to three months conducting research using the Southeast Asian and particularly the Indonesian special collections. We especially invite Indonesian scholars to apply for the fellowship. 

The long-running Brill Fellowship is sponsored by Leiden-based Brill publishing house and awards one or more fellowships yearly to researchers working on Brill publishing areas in the Humanities. For researchers interested in conducting scientific research on the extensive Leiden Digital Collections, the Scaliger Institute offers the Elsevier Fellowship for Digital Scholarship.

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The Juynboll Fellowship and Drewes Fellowship provide funds to scholars studying Islam in the Arabic world and Islamic mysticism in Indonesia respectively. Scholars of the history of pharmacy, botany or medicine can apply to the Van de Sande Fellowship. The Arminius Fellowship supports research into Special Collections relating to the Remonstrant movement, and the Wouter Swets Fellowship promotes research into holdings relating to musical traditions of the Balkans, Turkey and Central Asia. Researchers interested in studying the extensive Leiden University collections relating to Japanese culture and language can apply for the Isaac Alfred Ailion Fellowship, which offers both a junior and a senior fellowship. The only fellowship without financial compensation is the Scaliger Fellowship, which offers working space and facilities to visiting scholars from the Netherlands and abroad.

“One thing that makes the fellowship programme a great experience is that you get to meet very interesting people from around the world. It really is an interaction between the fellows and us, they learn from us and we learn from them. When the fellows return to their own universities, they go back to work enriched with knowledge.”

Kasper van Ommen – Curator for western printed works and coordinator Scaliger Institute

Send in your proposal before 1 April 2024

Go to our Fellowships page for more information about the Scaliger Institute fellowships and the application forms.

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