The University of Cambridge Library Syndicate invites applications for the Oschinsky Research Associateship for the tenure of 1 October 2023 to 31 July 2024 in collaboration with Girton College. The Oschinsky Research Associate will be free to pursue research of their choosing in any aspect of the University Library's collections relating to its medieval manuscripts or medieval archive collections, including their palaeography, diplomatic or codicology. The Library's medieval collections include manuscripts in Arabic, Hebrew and other Middle Eastern languages as well as Latin and European vernaculars. The proposed research should be of benefit to scholars using the collections in the future. The Fellow will also be expected to participate fully in the life and activities of the University Library, e.g. through participation in the Library's research and public engagement programmes (comprising activities such as talks, seminars, displays, participation in social media, and other events). It is expected that a non-stipendiary fellowship at Girton College will be offered to the successful candidate.
The Fellowship is open to graduates in any discipline of any university and nationality. Applicants should hold a doctorate in a relevant field and the following criteria will be considered when evaluating applications:
- Academic record of the candidate, taking into account the career stage of the applicant
- Suitability of the research proposal within the fields of medieval manuscript or archival studies, including palaeography, diplomatic and codicology
- Potential of the research proposal to be of benefit to future scholars using the collections of the University Library
- Evidence of ability to contribute fully to the life and activities of the University Library and Girton College.
The fellowship is fixed-term for 10 months until 31 July 2024.