Burghley Visiting Fellowship

The Burghley Visiting Fellowship is intended to support and promote research into the lives and activities of William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and Mildred Cecil, Lady Burghley, and the worlds in which they lived. It provides an opportunity for those actively engaged in research in this area to spend up to two terms resident at St John’s College, Cambridge, pursuing archival research and/or completing a project. Fellows will also be welcome to spend time working in the Archives at Hatfield House.

Applicants should make a case for the significance and relevance of their research. They should outline the project to be carried out whilst in Cambridge and detail their plans for publication and further dissemination of their findings through scholarship and education.

This is a non-stipendary fellowship. The Burghley Visiting Fellow will be provided with accommodation and meals in College and an additional allowance to cover travel and books. They will be expected to remain in residence in Cambridge and to actively participate in college life for the duration of the Fellowship.

Applications will be considered from staff of any university or other institution of higher learning, and from other suitably qualified persons who wish to carry out scholarly work in Cambridge. We welcome Fellowship applications from both UK and overseas candidates. The Fellowship is not intended to support those completing PhD theses but early career scholars are encouraged to apply.

It is proposed that the first Fellow will take up residence in January 2021; applicants should confirm that this is possible for them and whether they wish to spend one or two terms in Cambridge. Arrangements are, of course, subject to any further developments regarding Covid-19 which might affect travel or accommodation.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 1 September 2020. Applicants should send a 1000 word outline of their proposed project and publication plans, along with a short cv (no more than two pages) and the names of two referees, to Janet Dickinson at: Please get in touch at this email address if you have any queries.

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