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Chevening-British Library Fellowship 2017-18

Deadline: 08-Nov-2016

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Description

The Chevening-British Library Fellowship is a collaboration between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Library, offering international experts a year-long professional research 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 research opportunity.

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 one of the above listed countries, who will return to your home country at the end of the period of fellowship
  • Have a postgraduate (PG) 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 currently enrolled PhD candidates (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 dual nationality where one nationality is British (other than for nationals exempt from this requirement).
  • Not be employees, employees’ relatives (or former employees who have left employment less than two years before) of Her Majesty’s Government including the FCO (including FCO Posts), the British Council, DFID, MOD, BIS, UKTI and UKBA, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, or the British Library or any of their wholly-owned subsidiaries.
  • 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 and are required to demonstrate their career progression from that point

How to apply?

Application can be done online only.

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Key Responsibilities

  • To identify the Library’s holdings relating to the theme
  • To evaluate the cataloguing, conservation and digitisation status of these holdings
  • To identify complementary holdings in other institutions
  • To contribute to discussions on future collaborative projects, at a level appropriate to the candidate’s experience in strategic planning
  • To promote the Library’s holdings in this area to general and scholarly audiences
  • To contribute more broadly to the successful delivery of the Library’s South Asia Programme

Deliverables

  • A report on the Library’s holdings in this area, with short-term and long-term recommendations for making them accessible
  • Delivery of ‘quick wins’ identified in the report
  • A survey of complementary holdings in other institutions
  • Online guides to the holdings of the Library and other institutions, to help users to find the materials and to understand them
  • Social media promotion of the holdings via the BL and Chevening platforms
  • A stakeholder event at the BL that promotes the value of the BL-Chevening Fellowship

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