Chevening British Library Fellowship 2020/2021 (Fully-funded to the UK)

Applications are open for the Chevening British Library Fellowship 2020/2021. The Fellowship is a collaboration between the UK Foreign and Commonwealth 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. Fellows will undertake a period of professional project-based activity at the British Library, receiving support and supervision from library staff. For the 2019/2020 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.

Fellows will benefit from embedded working and hands-on training within a specific team, as well as having access to a range of organisational training and development opportunities, such as the British Library’s Digital Scholarship programme. The library’s postgraduate research manager will provide additional pastoral support and work with supervisors to monitor the progress and professional development. The fellowship starts in September 2019 and is for a 12-month period of project-based activity at the British Library.


Thematic Focus

For the 2021/2022 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.

  • Theme 1: Research on Cataloguing Harari Sound Recordings
  • Theme 2: Research on Latin American Indigenous Languages in Early Printed Books.


Fellowship includes:

  • 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

Chevening British Library Fellowship Eligibility

  • Applicants 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 eligible 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 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 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.

Eligible Countries

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Chevening British Library Fellowship Application

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For more information, visit Chevening British Library Fellowship.

Application Deadline: 3 November 2020

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