Funding opportunities

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library has a range of funding opportunities available to researchers at every stage of their career.

Our grants provide exceptional scholars, from The University of Manchester and beyond, with the support required to undertake original and significant research using our world-class collections. We also support applications to a number of external postdoctoral schemes, such as the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

Grant holders have access to the John Rylands Research Institute and Library’s extensive and diverse collections, as well as to a strong community of outstanding researchers, curators and imaging specialists. We also offer tailored grant writing support for those wishing to apply for larger external grant schemes.

Information about all of our available funding opportunities, including eligibility criteria and how to apply, can be found on this page.

Newberry Library – John Rylands Research Institute Exchange Fellowship

Newberry Library – John Rylands Research Institute Exchange Fellowship

The Newberry Library - John Rylands Institute Exchange Fellowship supports one former fellow from each institution to apply for a one-month fellowship at the partner institution. Former Newberry fellows, at any career stage, will apply to the Newberry for a one month residency at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library.

Current University of Manchester researchers, at any career stage, will apply to the Newberry for a one month residency at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15, 2022.

For more information, including application guidelines and additional fellowship opportunities, please visit the Newberry's fellowship page. Questions about the application process should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships 2023/24

We are now accepting applications for 2023/24.

The John Rylands Research Institute welcomes applications to The Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship scheme for research projects from any discipline that are linked to the world-class Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Early Career Fellowships are tenable on a full-time basis for a period of three years, and offer exceptional career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven track record of research.

Fellows will undertake a significant piece of publishable work, which must be distinguishable from their PhD project, during the period of their award. They will have access to our unique collections and be able to draw on the expertise of our curators. Fellows will also become part of a network of outstanding Special Collections scholars who are currently based at the Institute.

For more information about the scheme, including eligibility criteria, please visit the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships page.

We are happy to provide advice and to talk about ways that the application might draw on the rich Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Any queries can be directed to the JRRI Administrator, Kelly Jones (kelly.jones-3@manchester.ac.uk), in the first instance.

We advise all applicants to consult the Guide to Special Collections and the searchable A-Z on the University of Manchester Library website for more information on our significant and extensive holdings. We also strongly recommend that applicants get in touch with relevant curators early on in the application planning process. Information about curators and their subject specialisms can be found on the 'Our people' page. Those interested in applying will also need to contact a University of Manchester academic who can act as a sponsor for their application. Do get in touch if you would like help suggesting a possible mentor.

Applications using the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowships Application Form must be emailed by 5pm on 16 November 2022 to research.jrril@manchester.ac.uk

Support for research events

Support for research events 2022/23

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 7 October 2022

Grants are available for University of Manchester researchers and Library staff to support research events held at the University and linked to the rich Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library or to allied academic fields.

These grants can be used to support either individual events, or a series of linked events, during the 2022/23 academic year (with all activities and spending to take place before 31 July 2023).

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The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

The British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2022/23

We are now accepting applications for 2022/23.

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library welcomes applications to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme 2022/23 for research projects from any discipline that are linked to the world-class Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. Postdoctoral Fellowships are tenable on a full-time basis for a period of three years and offer exceptional career development opportunities for those who are at a relatively early stage of their academic careers, but who have a proven track record of research.  

Fellows will undertake a significant piece of publishable work, which must be distinguishable from their PhD project, during the period of their award. They will have access to our unique collections and be able to draw on the expertise of our curators. Fellows will also become part of a network of outstanding Special Collections scholars who are currently based at the Institute.

For more information about the scheme, including eligibility criteria, please visit the British Academy website.

Those interested in applying will need to contact a University of Manchester academic who can act as a sponsor for their application. The University runs an internal competition for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. Applicants will need to send a draft proposal and 2-page CV to their prospective mentor at Manchester by 8 August 2022. Draft applications should be completed using the form on the British Academy’s FlexiGrant portal:

We are happy to provide advice and to talk about ways that the application might draw on the rich Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. We advise all applicants to consult the Guide to Special Collections and the searchable A-Z on The University of Manchester Library website for more information on our significant and extensive holdings. We also strongly recommend that applicants get in touch with relevant curators early on in the application planning process. Information about curators and their subject specialisms can be found on the ‘Our People’ section of the website.

The competition for the Postdoctoral Fellowship is held in two stages. The Outline Stage is open for everyone within the eligibility criteria (see website). The Second Stage is invitation only. You may only apply to this competition once, unless specifically invited to re-apply.

Visiting Early Career Research Fellows

Visiting Early Career Research Fellowships 2022/23

The John Rylands Research Institute welcomes applications from Visiting Early Career Research Fellows.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 1 September 2022.

Fellowships are available for early career academics to develop an application for an externally funded postdoctoral fellowship (for example, through the British Academy or Wellcome Trust) to undertake a future research project using the Special Collections held in The University of Manchester Library. The purpose of the awards is to allow academics unfamiliar with either archival research or the rich holdings of The University of Manchester’s Special Collections the opportunity to identify areas of particular research promise.

Fellows will receive an allowance of up to £1,500 per month for a maximum of three months; a dedicated workspace in the John Rylands Library, and access to curatorial and grant-writing support.

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Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants 2022/23

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Friday 14 October 2022

Pilot Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support academic staff at The University of Manchester who wish to conduct initial and exploratory research into the Special Collections at The University of Manchester Library during the 2022/23 academic year in preparation for a larger, externally funded grant bid that would be held at The University of Manchester.

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Scientific and Digital Humanities Grants

Scientific and Digital Humanities Grants 2022/23

Deadline for applications: 5pm, 14 October 2022

Scientific and Digital Humanities Grants of up to £5,000 are available to academic staff at The University of Manchester wishing to engage in research into the Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library using innovative scientific and digital methods.

We welcome applications from both those with extensive experience and those new to the field. These projects must be conducted in preparation for a larger, externally funded grant bid that would be held at The University of Manchester.

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Manchester Wesley Research Centre/The University of Manchester Joint Visiting Research Fellowship

Manchester Wesley Research Centre/The University of Manchester Joint Visiting Research Fellowship

Deadline for applications: 16 January 2023, 5pm (GMT)

The University of Manchester and the Manchester Wesley Research Centre are pleased to welcome applications to their Joint Visiting Fellowship programme. The aim of the fellowship is to promote research in the Methodist and Wesleyan traditions by facilitating scholarly access to the internationally renowned Methodist Archives held at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library in Manchester and the MWRC and Nazarene Theological College (NTC) library. One Visiting Fellowship will be awarded per annum.

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