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 Oriental Museum, the Library of Ushaw College (the former Roman Catholic seminary just outside the City), and the medieval Priory Library and the archives 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 is currently 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

14 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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The Durham Residential Research Library Fellowship offered a chance to work with the University’s wonderful collection of early books in a really supportive environment. Between the study spaces, the library and fellowship staff, and especially the cohort of fellows, the month in Durham didn’t just give space to think and write, but offered new connections and lasting friendships. The work I did there inspired new directions in my own research, and is now informing a larger project on the paratextual features of manuscripts and early printed books. This has been a real highlight in my academic career.
Jonathan Zecher
Barker Visiting Fellowship (Australian Catholic University, Australia)
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)
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)
I was pleased to be awarded a DRRL Visiting Fellowship to undertake research on Sir John Marshall ‘s one-hundred-year-old photographic collection now preserved at the Oriental Museum. The Fellowship provided me with an excellent opportunity to understand the provenance of Buddhist sculptures preserved in Peshawar Museum Collection (Pakistan) and to compare the sculptures with others at important Buddhist sites in the Gandhara region and across the Indus in Taxila Valley. I was also able to study the present state of conservation of some of the objects now preserved in the different museums of Pakistan thanks to this photographic collection, as well as those held at Palace Green Library and at Ushaw. The Fellowship provided me with an excellent opportunity to discuss a number of new research initiatives for the protection of cultural heritage with several researchers at Durham University. Throughout, my research was actively supported by museum staff, librarians and archivists, and I am grateful for this support.
Tahir Saeed
DRRL Visiting Fellowship (Department of Archaeology and Museums, Islamabad)
I had a particularly productive time in Durham, during which I carried out research in the Ushaw College, Cathedral, and University Libraries. This was made possible by the generous assistance of staff at each of these locations, who were swift to understand and accommodate the needs of readers. During my time in Durham, I was fortunate to organise an international conference in collaboration with the Classics Department, for which the beautiful surroundings of the city provided the perfect backdrop.
Simon Smets
Holland Visiting Fellowship (PhD University College London/Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Austira, Austria)
'I had a fantastic month as part of the Durham Research Fellowships scheme at the start of 2020. Participating in the scheme allowed me to conduct detailed research into medieval archival material held by at Durham, including original financial accounts, charters, and court rolls. I subsequently integrated this into my research on the governance of the medieval wool trade. I enjoyed the chance to meet some of the historians based at Durham and also greatly enjoyed staying at Ushaw College, which offered a stunning location. Another highlight included attendance at a formal dinner at St Chad's College with other Research Fellows
Matt Raven
DRRL Visiting Fellowship (Institute of Historical Research, London, 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)
The fellowship was excellent – the resources at Ushaw were exceptional and really helpful to my work.
Dr Karly Kehoe
Holland Visiting Fellowship (St Mary ‘s University, Canada)
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)
This Research Fellowship gave me the opportunity to immerse myself into the The Cremation Society Archives held at Palace Green Library. It was a special opportunity not only because I was able to study original material from the collection, but also because it was my first time I was back into a libary since the COVID pandemic. Only then I realised I much I missed seeing and feeling original documents but also connect with other scholars on the Fellowship programme.
Gian Luca Amadei
Barker Visiting Fellowship (Royal College of Art, Italy)