Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, and the Scaliger Institute of Leiden University Libraries have founded a three-year fellowship program. This program will enable international rare books and humanities scholars to study 16th -18th century scientific scholarship and publishing.
The fellowship program will support two scholars or graduates in an academic career track to work with the extensive Leiden University Libraries Special Collections and/or 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 2011 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 with close ties 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 as a tribute to the publishing achievements of the Elzeviers.
The closing date for the Elsevier Fellowship is 1 August 2016.
The applications for an Elsevier fellowship have to comply with a number of conditions:
• Fellows are expected to conduct their research in Leiden University Libraries and/or The Scaliger Institute during the period of the Fellowship.
• Fellows are responsible for ensuring they have the correct visa to support a research trip in the Netherlands for the duration of the Fellowship.
• An invitation to take up a Fellowship will be made subject to agreement on the dates of the visit. Applicants should indicate their preferred dates on the application form.
• It is the Fellow's responsibility to find accommodation (with the support of the Housing Department of the University) and to fund all the costs of the visit with the support of the funds awarded. Applicants should be aware that accommodation costs in Leiden may exceed the funds offered.
• The Fellow will provide the Scaliger Institute with a written research report on the completion of the Fellowship.
• The Fellow will provide Leiden University Libraries with a copy of any publication resulting from the research visit.
• The Fellow will summarize their research into a short article (for a general audience) on Elsevier Connect.
• The Fellow will present their research to Elsevier in an informal presentation for ca. 25 interested employees.
Applicants are reminded that if they require a visa in order to take up a Fellowship in the Netherlands, they must secure the appropriate visa and, once a proposal has been accepted, award of the Fellowship will be conditional on fulfilling this requirement.
Applications must include:
• A completed application form stating personal details, the name of the Fellowship, the title of the proposed research project, the preferred dates of the intended visit and the names and addresses of two academic referees;
• A proposal for research to be carried out in the Special Collections of Leiden University Library during the term of the Fellowship (1,200 words or fewer). Applicants should indicate how the proposed study advances their own research goals and how the study satisfies any particular aims of the award.
• The research proposal must specify the relation between the proposed research and the primary sources, which are to be researched and consulted in the Special Collections Department of the library;
• A list of manuscripts, editions of 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 letters of recommendation from the academic referees named in the application form. Applicants should ask the referees to comment on their professional knowledge of the applicant and the contribution the proposed research would make to scholarship. The referees should be asked to send their letters directly to the Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the following address: K. van Ommen, Scaliger Institute, P.O. Box 9501, 2300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands;
• Researchers who have yet to obtain their doctoral degree also need to have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor(s);
• Fellows who have previously received a fellowship from the Scaliger Institute, cannot obtain this grant a second time.
The Elsevier fellow is expected to contribute to the activities of the Scaliger Institute, and to give a public lecture.
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, UL) and K. van Ommen MA (Coordinator Scaliger Institute) and Ylann Schemm, (Head of Corporate Responsibility, Elsevier).
Applicants for the Elsevier fellowship are required to fill out this application form (see below) 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.