What are the fellowships?

The Durham Collections Fellowships scheme is delighted to invite applications from researchers for Visiting Fellowships of one month in duration.

The aim of the Durham Collections Fellowships is to enable and foster research across the historic collections of Durham, notably Palace Green Library, the Museum of Archaeology, the Oriental Museum, the Library of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens (formerly Ushaw College, the former Roman Catholic seminary just outside the City), and the medieval Priory Library and the archives and object collections of Durham Cathedral. The resources available to scholars include not only libraries and archives, but also collections of visual and material culture, and architectural assets. The purpose of the Visiting Fellowships is to support research into these globally significant collections.

Durham University would like to express our sincere thanks to Graham and Joanna Barker, Chris and Margaret Lendrum, and Peter and Tina Holland, for their generous support of fellowship schemes at Durham Collections Fellowships.

Named fellowships

The Barker Visiting Fellowships

The Barker Visiting Fellowships are intended to support research into any of the collections held in Durham and there are a number of Lendrum Priory Library Fellowships available specifically to support work on the surviving contents of Durham Cathedral ‘s medieval priory library.

This collection has been the focus of a large-scale digitisation project, Durham Priory Library Recreated.

Fellows will be encouraged to work collaboratively with academic subject specialists, librarians, archivists and curators to realise the collections ‘ research potential, and to develop innovative research agendas. They will also be encouraged to participate in the life of the University, particularly its broad range of seminar series.

All Fellowships

Holland Visiting Fellowship

24 Fellows

Lendrum Priory Visiting Fellowship

15 Fellows

Barker Visiting Fellowship

37 Fellows

DRRL Visiting Fellowship

21 Fellows

PhD Bursary

4 Fellows

Thoits Visiting Fellowship

1 Fellow

Other research fellowships

The Spanish Gallery Collection research fellowships

Two fellowships are available to undertake research into the collection of the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland.

The fellowships are affiliated with the Zurbarán Centre and Durham Collections Fellowships. Generously funded by the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica (CEEH), each fellowship includes a monthly stipend of £2,100. An allowance for research-related travel will be available on request. The fellows will be part of the University‘s research community and have privileged access to the Spanish Gallery.

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During my Fellowship (4-28 July 2022) I carried out a research on the VIth century Gallic bishop Sidonius Apollinaris – a key figure in Late Antiquity, also in the light of the new great interest in his works and within the International project SAxii – Sidonius Apollinaris for the XXIst century (www.sidonapol.org) –, having the chance to consult, right through the original documents, some of the first modern commentaries on him, available at Durham historic collections, at Palace Green Library and at Ushaw College: the XVI-XVIIth century editions by Jean Savaron (magistrate and humanist) and by Jacques Sirmond (Jesuit scholar). I am very grateful to Prof. Stephen Taylor and James Kelly, and Mrs. Barbara Jackson for giving me the opportunity of being part of this fellowship scheme by accepting my research proposal and for helping me before and during my Fellowship. The staff of Palace Green and Ushaw College Libraries was also very kind and professional. Not only did they reply to my emails in a very timely manner, but I felt welcomed and always found all the required material ready. Since regular teaching activities are suspended in July, I wasn’t able to give any presentations in Durham. On the other hand, my own commitments at my Department at Siena University wouldn’t have allowed me to come to Durham and carry out my research in a different period of the year. Anyway, I had the chance to get in contact with many colleagues and the ongoing collaboration with them will certainly continue into the next few years.
Filomena Giannotti
Barker Visiting Fellowship (University of Sienna, Italy)
I was delighted to be awarded a Lendrum Fellowship to work at the Durham Residential Research Library and to be part of the fantastic research community around these collections. My research would not have been possible without the fellowship, because the books I am working with are specific to Durham Cathedral in the sixteenth century, and offer important clues about what happened there during the Reformation. Durham is enormously fortunate in its collections because such a large proportion of its pre-Reformation books stayed in the region, whether in the Cathedral collections or gathered into the library at Ushaw, and it has great pleasure to be a part of the DRRL.
Elizabeth Biggs
Lendrum Priory Visiting Fellowship (University of York, England)
The Lendrum Fellowship at the DRRL gave me the opportunity to work extensively with the fantastic archival material of Palatinate Durham in the Palace Green Library. The fact that I was also affiliated with the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies was ideal. I received a very warm welcome here and was able to discuss research intensively with other colleagues. In addition, I very much enjoyed the possibility of unrestricted access to the libraries via the Durham Card. In terms of British academic life, it was very rewarding to get an insight into a college through St Chad's College. All in all, it was a wonderful research opportunity and it greatly enriched my personal studies.
Professor Christian Hesse
Lendrum Priory Visiting Fellowship (University of Bern, Switzerland)
The Barker Fellowship was invaluable because it enabled me to continue my research during a period when I was without other institutional funding. The material that consulted in Durham’s collections — about early modern market toll disputes, and grain toll disputes in particular — illuminated neglected aspects of the socio-economic history of the northeast and added new dimensions to my thinking about the dynamics that operated in similar disputes elsewhere in England.
Hillary Taylor
Barker Visiting Fellowship (University of Cambridge, England)
My month spent in Durham was incredibly rewarding. In addition to having time and resources to complete a major book project about John the Baptist, it was also incredible to investigate the rare books and manuscripts related to this topic that are to be found across the university’s, Ushaw College’s, and the Cathedral’s collections. I was also able to consult the books and papers of my doctoral supervisor when I was a student at Durham University, Prof. James D. G. Dunn, allowing me to complete an essay that he left unfinished when he died.
Dr James McGrath
Barker Visiting Fellowship (Butler University Indianapolis, USA)
I think this is a wonderful scheme and I was very glad to be a part of it. I was able to immerse myself in very interesting and underused research resources for a month. I very much valued the chance to concentrate entirely on research, and appreciated access to the Bill Bryson Library when the archives were closed. The stipend was helpful because it made it easier to rent an attractive small house in central Durham, a great boon for someone without a car.
Jonathan Parry
Barker Visiting Fellowship (University of Cambridge, England)
My Durham Research Library Fellowship in 2019 was immensely enjoyable and productive. It was a pleasure to spend my time engaging with primary sources and writing after a long period spent in administration. All the team at Durham were very supportive and made the logistics of the fellowship easy, and Durham was a wonderful place to spend four a half with my wife. This was a very productive time and I am greatly indebted to Durham for the fellowship.
David Trim
DRRL Visiting Fellowship (Seventh Day Adventists, USA)
First of all,i would like to thank Durham University for the hospitality and warm welcoming. I was so lucky and delighted to be one of the Durham Residencial Research Library Fellows, Visiting Barker Fellowship.lam working on a research entitled:The Role of Slatin Pasha in the Modern History of the Sudan 1879_1914. Slatin Pasha was an Austrian soldier who served under the British Crown during the Colonial Era in the Sudan. The Sudan Archive, part of Durham University Library and Collections, represents an essential resource for my topic. The primary Archival documents related to Slatin Pasha are only available at Durham University, kept in amazing condition and easily accessible for the researchers. I was able to find great rich informations about my research. I have collected data from Slatin's papers which included his diaries, official letters, Telegraphs, official invitations cards, congratulations letters of promotion, Slatin's correspondence with Ali Dinar(Fur Sultnate),the papers of Sir Reginald Wingate to Slatin. Descriptions of Battles of Atbarah and Omdurman.I found some informations in the Sudan obituaries files . Without Barker Fellowship, this research can not have been done. Thank Barker Fellowship for the great job you have done in assisting me. I wish a Lifelong prosperity to Barker Fellowship. Thank you so much DRRL.Thank you again to Durham University.
Mohammed Emam
Barker Visiting Fellowship (Open University of Sudan , Sudan)
I was honoured to be granted a Visiting PhD Bursary at the DRRL. Durham University staff gave me a warm welcome and helped me all throughout my research stay. This fellowship was a great opportunity to work on the Poor Clares Darlington Collection held in Palace Green Library. With the assistance of the archivists and librarians, I was able to consult a great number of manuscripts. These primary sources allowed me to analyse and compare different aspects of female lived spirituality within English Poor Clare convents which is at the heart of my PhD. Last but not least, this award gave me the opportunity to meet other scholars and PhD students with similar research interests. I feel very thankful for this rewarding experience.
Claire Schiano-Locurcio
PhD Bursary (Aix-Marseille Université, France)
My DRRL Visiting Fellowship allowed me the time and scope – and, crucially, the financial support – I required in order to initiate a new research project on English northern cathedral communities in the eighteenth century. At every stage of my Fellowship, I had prompt organisational support and tie-ins with other resident Fellows and permanent members of the History and Theology Departments. No less supportive were the staff at Ushaw College and the opportunity for membership of St Chad ‘s College SCR added a much-valued additional dimension of academic collegiality. Above all, it was the helpfulness of library staff in facilitating my research that has given it such a flying start. The visit as a whole has given me what I hope will be enduring ties to many people and places in contemporary Durham.
Nigel Aston
DRRL Visiting Fellowship (University of Leicester, England)