Oxford DNB research bursaries, 2015-16

By Dr Philip Carter, Publication Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

DNB_stamp_block logoThe Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is offering two research bursaries of £750 each to promote the ODNB online as a source for new research in the humanities.

The ODNB online is used both as a work of reference and increasingly as a means to undertake new research in the humanities. Common to this research is an appreciation that the ODNB offers not just discrete biographical entries but a potentially connectable, collective statement on those who shaped British history.

The two research bursaries are intended, via a defined research project, to promote further imaginative investigation of the Dictionary’s content in ways that add to our understanding of the British past.

The ODNB intends to make two awards of £750 each, with one successful applicant drawn from each of the following categories:

  • a current PhD student based at a Higher Education Institution in the UK or overseas; or an individual who has completed a doctorate in the past two years.
  • an in-post academic at a Higher Education Institution in the UK or overseas; or a member of staff at a museum, gallery, archive or research library in the UK or overseas.

The Oxford DNB includes biographies of people active in all aspects of the British past, within the British Isles and overseas. The Dictionary is therefore of relevance not just to students and academics in departments of History, but to those with research interests in English, art, philosophy, music and theology—as well as the histories of science, medicine, technology, and business.

The Oxford DNB is the national record of nearly 60,000 men and women who shaped British history and culture—in the British Isles and overseas—from the Roman period to the present day. First published in 2004, the Oxford DNB is regularly updated online with new biographies and thematic content. The Dictionary is a research and publishing project of the University of Oxford’s History Faculty and Oxford University Press, with a staff of academic editors and publishers. The ODNB’s General Editor is the historian, Professor Sir David Cannadine.

The closing date for application is Sunday 31 May 2015. Further details and an application form are available here.

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