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King’s College London Georgian Papers Programme Royal Archives Summer Fellowships (currently open)

King’s College London are supporting the award of two bursaries to support original research on the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle for up to a month.

King’s College London is the lead academic partner for the Georgian Papers Programme, a collaboration with the Royal Archives and Royal Library to shed new light on the Georgian period. The Programme is promoting and developing a research programme in support of the digitisation of some 400,000 pages of original archives, only 15% of which have been published to date. Applications are welcome from scholars in any field who hope to find relevant material in the archive, and we also welcome applications with a focus on digital humanities approaches to the material.

Fellows will undertake their own research. Fellows will also be invited by staff of the Georgian Papers Programme to share their insights into the collection and join with fellows from other schemes at a number of events as part of a growing academic cohort.

The successful applicants will have full-day access to the Royal Archives but should be aware of the need for ample forward planning to allow for security clearance, the identification and retrieval of material of relevance from vaults (catalogues presently available are limited) and the occasional closures of the Castle.

King’s College London is a recognised hub for the interdisciplinary study of the eighteenth century drawing on a range of expertise in the field of literature, cultural and intellectual history, science and medicine, music, languages, philosophy and religion, naval and military history. Alongside the Georgian Papers Programme there are scholarly research centres including the Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King’s, which runs a highly successful MA in 18th Century Studies with the British Museum. The Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Sir Michael Howard Centre for the History of War. Finally, King’s Digital Laboratory, the King’s Department of Digital Humanities and the Archival Service equally have a track record of ground breaking research and delivery in the fields of digital access and data interpretation.

Two awards of £500 each are available in 2019 to support travel and subsistence. The closing date for applications for the Fellowships is 10 June 2019.

 Expectations of the successful fellow

Fellows will be joining a community of more than 40 other scholars who have now held fellowships of various kinds over the past three years of the Programme (for the full list see (https://georgianpapersprogramme.com/fellowships/full_list_fellows/). In addition we have a network of more than 400 following the project in the King’s Friends Network. As cataloguing and research are proceeding in parallel, the findings of our fellows are of vital importance to the Archives team, and to the Digital Humanists creating metadata and overseeing transcription for searchability. We would therefore expect the successful candidate to:

  1. present their research project at one of the GPP coffee mornings held at King’s College London or Windsor in which our researchers share their objectives and plans with the GPP community
  2. consider presenting their research once more advanced at a GPP panel at suitable conferences/ workshops
  3. share the knowledge they gain of the archive with the Royal Archives team involved in cataloguing and describing it
  4. alert the academic directors to any potentially significant findings that might be of interest to other researchers
  5. consider writing a blog or curate a virtual exhibition about their research for publication on the GPP website
  6. share any full transcriptions of documents that they make in the course of their research with the GPP team to contribute to the transcription of the archive
  7. acknowledge the fellowship in any future publications drawing on the research it enabled, and inform the GPP of their appearance.
  8. abide by the standard rules of access and reuse associated with access to the Royal Archives, including security procedures for access to the Research

How to apply:

To apply please send a CV and a short 500 word summary of your project to the academic liaison Angel O’Donnell at: angel-luke.o’donnell@kcl.ac.uk, and with subject line King’s Summer Fellowships.

Likewise, please do contact Angel O’Donnell if you have any queries about the fellowship scheme.

 

 

British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship with the Georgian Papers Programme

The total value of the fellowship is £1,000. Candidates will be required to submit receipts for relevant expenses directly contributing to the research (travel, subsistence, accommodation, research costs), within 12 months of the commencement of the award.

Eligibility criteria

 The project

  1. The project to be supported must draw on the resources of the Georgian papers held in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, but need not be exclusively based on them; indeed projects exploring themes connecting this archive with others, and to collections of material and visual culture are actively encouraged.
  2. The fellowship is open to candidates from the full range of disciplines covered by BSECS.
  3. Fellows are welcome to consult the original documents housed in the archive at Windsor Castle, but projects making use of the digital resources produced by the project are also welcome.
  4. For some indication of the range of projects that the papers can support, see the list of previous successful applications to project fellowship schemes: https://georgianpapersprogramme.com/fellowships/full_list_fellows/

Candidates are also encouraged to consult the list of published documents via the online catalogue, https://gpp.rct.uk/What.aspx and to contact the GPP team to inquire about unpublished papers if uncertain as to what is available (lists of the full GPP scope and publication plans are available to members of the King’s Friends Network, which is free to join at https://georgianpapersprogramme.com/kings-friends/#Sect2)

  1. Applications are welcomed from researchers at any stage of an academic career from PhD students and beyond.
  2. Applications are also welcome from researchers who can demonstrate equivalent research experience without a formal academic qualification.
  3. Applicants must be members of BSECS or any other ISECS affiliate society.
  4. Applications are not limited to British/EEA nationals, but applicants from elsewhere must be able to demonstrate that they are in a position to acquire appropriate work/study visas as necessary. Applicants should consult the current visa regulations before applying, to ensure eligibility. These can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules

Researchers seeking access to the physical collections at Windsor will be required also to comply with the standard security procedures for access to the Queen’s Private Apartments.

 Expectations of the successful fellow

Fellows will be joining a community of more than 35 other scholars who have now held fellowships of various kinds over the past three years of the Programme (for the full list see https://georgianpapersprogramme.com/fellowships/full_list_fellows/). In addition we have a network of more than 400 following the project in the King’s Friends Network. As cataloguing and research are proceeding in parallel, the findings of our fellows are of vital importance to the Archives team, and to the Digital Humanists creating metadata and overseeing transcription for searchability. We would therefore expect the successful candidate to:

  1. present their research project at one of the GPP coffee mornings held at King’s College London or Windsor in which our researchers share their objectives and plans with the GPP community
  2. consider presenting their research once more advanced at a GPP panel at suitable conferences/workshops
  3. consider presenting their research at a BSECS or ISECS conference
  4. share the knowledge they gain of the archive with the Royal Archives team involved in cataloguing and describing it
  5. alert the academic directors to any potentially significant findings that might be of interest to other researchers
  6. write a blog or curate a virtual exhibition about their research for publication on the GPP website
  7. share any full transcriptions of documents that they make in the course of their research with the GPP team to contribute to the transcription of the archive
  8. acknowledge the fellowship in any future publications drawing on the research it enabled, and inform the GPP of their appearance.
  9. abide by the standard rules of access and reuse associated with access to the Royal Archives, including security procedures for access to the Research

 The next call will be in 2020.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • a current CV
  • a statement of max. 1,000 words outlining the proposed research and its relation to the Georgian Papers

No references are required.

Applications should be sent to Arthur.burns@kcl.ac.uk with subject line ‘BSECS/GPP fellowship’.

The successful candidate is required to take up and complete the fellowship within 12 months from the date of the award. For enquiries relating to a proposal, please contact Professor Arthur Burns Arthur.burns@kcl.ac.uk, academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme, and Dr Oliver Walton oliver.walton@rct.uk at the Royal Archives.

 

 

Sons of the American Revolution Visiting Professorships

 

Expressions of interest are invited for the positions of Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) Visiting Professorship at King’s College London for 2020 by 30 September 2019.

The Professorship represents a remarkable opportunity for scholars of the Atlantic World in the long eighteenth century. King’s College London and the SAR welcome expressions of interest from academics of international standing drawn from any relevant discipline. If you would like further information, please contact Joseph W. Dooley, Chairman of the SAR King’s College London Partnership Committee at the address: joe.dooley.1776[at]gmail.com. You can download the call here: SAR Professorship Further Particulars and call.

Previous SAR Visiting Professors

2016: Professor Andrew O’Shaugnessy

Professor O’Shaugnessy delivered his lecture on 13th February 2007 at King’s College London, on The Men Who Lost America.

2017: Professor Gabriel Paquette

Professor Paquette delivered his lecture on 26th March 2018 at King’s College London, on Spain and the American Revolution.

2018: Professor Kate Carté

Professor Carté  delivered her lecture on 21 March 2019 at King’s College London on Royal Religion: George III and the American Revolution.

 

The King’s College London Georgian Papers Programme Mount Vernon Fellowship (currently open, restricted to employees and students of King’s College London, and holders of King’s College London Summer GPP fellowships).

Mount Vernon Estate, Mansion, eastern facade (2013)

The King’s College Mount Vernon Fellowship allows a scholar to pursue research and writing in the Washington Library at Mount Vernon for a period of one month, or in exceptional circumstances up to two months. The fellowship supports travel and living expenses of the recipient. For the duration of the fellowship the recipient will reside in the Washington Library’s scholars’ residence at Mount Vernon and have full use of the extensive facilities. The fellow will be expected to carry out a programme of research or writing specified in the application. In making an award, priority will be given to research aligned with the mission of the Washington Library and the Georgian Papers Programme, but applications will be considered from all those whose research could benefit from the residency, and the opportunities for scholarly exchange and collaboration that residency at Mount Vernon would make possible. Applications can be considered from any scholar employed by King’s College London or current PhD student, regardless of departmental or faculty affiliation, and from scholars associated with the Georgian Papers Programme at King’s as Summer Fellows. Timing details of the residency at Mount Vernon can be decided between the Fellow and the Washington Library once an award has been made. Other details regarding the arrangements and funding are in the further particulars.

To apply, please fill out the application form below, and send it with a CV and statement of proposed research of no more than 1,000 words to Professor Arthur Burns, Academic Director of the Georgian Papers Programme at King’s College London (arthur.burns@kcl.ac.uk) by 15 June 2019.

Mount Vernon and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Mount Vernon, situated on the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, some 15 miles south of the centre of Washington DC, was the plantation home of George and Martha Washington, who are both buried there. One of the most important historic sites in the United States, and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the estate attracts more than a million visitors each year.

The estate is also home to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, opened in 2013 to advance appreciation and understanding of the first president of the United States. The Library houses Washington’s books and manuscripts, a further 1,500 eighteenth-century volumes, and a large collection of nineteenth-century newspapers, manuscripts, and documents. It is also a scholarly retreat and offers educational outreach, seminars and training programs with a special focus on Washington’s leadership. Further information about the library can be found here.

In 2015 the Washington Library inaugurated a new academic partnership with King’s College London in support of the Georgian Papers Programme thanks to the generous support of the Amanda and Greg Gregory Family Fund.  King’s College London is extremely grateful to the Washington Library for helping to make this exciting academic opportunity possible.

Download the application form and further particulars.

 

 

King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The King’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship scheme aims to give undergraduate students the opportunity to be active in research by helping to produce knowledge, alongside academics. Undergraduate students apply for advertised Fellowships, ordinarily of one month’s (4 weeks’) duration, to be undertaken during the summer break. Students undertaking the Fellowship are required to produce an academic output for the King’s Experience Research Award, thereby evidencing their learning and enabling its recognition on their Higher Education Achievement Record. The completion of the King’s Experience Research Award is supported via a bursary to facilitate the experiential learning undertaken during the Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Comments or questions regarding the scheme may be directed to kurf@kcl.ac.uk. The competition is now closed for 2019.

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