Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Libraries have founded a three year fellowship program to enable international rare books scholars to study 16th -18th century scientific scholarship and publishing.
The program will support two scholars to work with the extensive Leiden University Libraries Special Collections and the Elsevier Heritage Collection for a period of one to three months annually. They will be invited to share their research through public lectures and publications. The fellowship program builds on Elsevier’s recent launch of the Elsevier Heritage Collection’s online catalogue comprising over 2,000 rare books with more than 1,000 distinct titles published by the original Elzevier publishing house from 1580 to 1712. Based in the Netherlands and closely tied to Leiden University, the original company published groundbreaking work from contemporary scholars including Descartes, Huygens and Galileo. The modern publisher Elsevier, founded in 1880, was named after the original firm when as a tribute to the publishing achievements of the Elzeviers.
The applications for an Elsevier fellowship have to comply with a number of conditions:
A research proposal must be submitted in which the relationship between the proposed research and the primary sources, which are to be researched and consulted in the Special Collections of the UBL and/or the Elsevier Heritage Collection, is specified;
A list of manuscripts, editions and/ or other items to be consulted in the library, supplied with shelf marks;
A start and end date of the proposed research;
A curriculum vitae;
A list of relevant publications;
Two academic references.
The closing date for Elsevier Heritage Fellowship 2013 is April 1st 2013.
Fellowship applications will be reviewed by a special board consisting of: Prof. dr. H. Beukers (President Scholarly Board), Professor Paul Hoftijzer (History of the Book, ULL) and K. van Ommen MA (Coordinator Scaliger Institute), David Ruth, SVP Elsevier Global Communications, and Ylann Schemm, Corporate Relations Manager.
Applicants for the Elsevier fellowship are required to fill out this application form and send it to the co-ordinator of the Scaliger Insitute, K. van Ommen, MA, Leiden University Library, Postbus 9501, 2300 RA Leiden, the Netherlands.