Ahmanson Research Fellowships

UCLA Library Special Collections is currently closed to visiting researchers due to ongoing structural repairs and pandemic restrictions. We are not accepting applications for fellowships at this time.   

Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts support the use of any of the UCLA Library Special Collections’ extensive holdings in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and printed books. Some of these holdings include: the Ahmanson-Murphy Aldine and Early Italian Printing Collections; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Bourbon del Monte de San Faustino Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts.

The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who need to use these collections for graduate-level or postdoctoral independent research. Recipients receive a stipend of $2,500/month for fellowships lasting up to three months. Please note that housing and office space is not provided.

United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent research are invited to apply.

Additional requirements: To accept the award, non-UCLA graduate students will be required to obtain Visiting Graduate Researcher status and pay the associated fees; students from other University of California campuses may be able to come to UCLA as Intercampus Exchange Students. Independent PhD scholars or those holding faculty positions at other institutions must obtain approval as Visiting Scholars or Researchers in order to accept the award. CMRS staff will assist you with these processes.

Applications are due April 15, 2021, for fellowships to be taken between October 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022. Note: At this time, UCLA is hoping to return to on-campus operations in Fall 2021. Campus re-opening could be delayed if coronavirus restrictions continue.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter, including preferred dates to be spent in residence at UCLA
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Description of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum, single spaced)
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project.

HOW TO APPLY? Click here for application submission instructions.

View the list of Ahmanson Research Fellowship recipients