The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library has some upcoming Fellowship and internship opportunities which may be of interest to your members. We are also keen to hear from anyone interested in bringing their students to the Library for a session introducing the American Collections. Full details below.
1) The Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards
The deadline for applications for the 2016 Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards is fast upon us. These awards provide support to scholars who need to visit London for a minimum of one month to use the British Library’s collections relating to North America. Past recipients have had the opportunity to participate in the Centre’s Summer Scholars series and to contribute to the British Library’s Americas blog. You can read about some recent projects here.
Applications must be received by 5pm on Saturday 30 January. Further details about eligibility and the application process are available on the Eccles Centre website here.
2) PhD Internship Opportunity: Exploring American Foreign Policy Resources at the British Library
We are very pleased to announce a placement opportunity for a current PhD student, exploring American foreign policy resources at the British Library. The placement will provide broad experience of research engagement in a large public institution. The placement holder will be situated at the Eccles Centre, and will work closely with the Centre’s Assistant Head and Bibliographical Editor in developing a research resource which is to be jointly determined. They will also establish a publicity strategy for promoting the Library’s holdings to relevant research communities. The opportunity to develop further research engagement activities related to their findings is also available. Applications are welcome from students with a research interest in American foreign policy, either historic or current, from any disciplinary background.
Deadlines for applications is 4pm on Friday 19 February. Further information about the role and application process is available on the British Library website.
3) Introduction to the Americas Collections Sessions
The Eccles Centre offers regular introductory sessions for upper-level undergraduate, MA and PhD students. These sessions are aimed at encouraging further engagement with the British Library’s North America collections and can be tailored to specific topics. Students are offered a friendly introduction to the library’s US newspaper holdings, US official documents, our incredible collection of sound recordings, as well as being guided through our databases and digital resources. For a flavour of our recent session tailored to New Deal and Depression era materials click here.