William Hunter Visiting Fellowship

William Hunter Visiting Fellowship

The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow intends to offer short-term residential awards to scholars undertaking research ‌related to its collections. The awards are intended to enable scholars working in any discipline relating to The Hunterian’s collections, including history, the history of collections and collecting, the history of art, archaeology, numismatics, ethnography, life and natural sciences and the history of science and medicine to study its collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, antiquities, coins and medals, zoology, palaeontology, mineralogy, scientific instruments and anatomical specimens. In addition the resources of the University Library’s Special Collections (including William Hunter’s own library), together with primary and secondary reference materials will be available.  Please refer to The Hunterian’s collections web pages and to those of Special Collections for further information.

The Hunterian’s collections are rich and diverse and we welcome proposals that offer fresh approaches to our resources, particularly interdisciplinary ones. Built on Dr William Hunter’s founding bequest of 1783, The Hunterian’s treasures today include scientific apparatus used by James Watt and Lord Kelvin; monumental sculpture and antiquities from the Antonine Wall; major earth sciences holdings; Scotland’s most important print and numismatic collections; rare ‘first contact’ artefacts from the Pacific Ocean; and extensive collections of European and Scottish art, including the artistic estates of James McNeill Whistler and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Since its foundation in 1807, The Hunterian has been a unique resource for collections research, teaching and learning across the arts, humanities and the natural and medical sciences. It is anticipated that a developing international collaborative research programme will support the high-profile tercentenary commemoration in 2018 of William Hunter’s birth, offering significant opportunities to explore the context and wider historical significance of one of the world’s most important multidisciplinary academic collections.

In a unique partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland Heritage Lottery funding has recently been secured towards the transformation of Glasgow’s historic Kelvin Hall on the edge of the University’s campus. This landmark building will be developed to house a new centre of excellence for the cultural heritage, creating improved public access to the collections and driving research, teaching and learning. At the heart of this project, the creation of a Hunterian Collections Study Centre by the academic year 2016-17, will offer excellent access to collections and world class facilities for visiting scholars.

Visiting Fellows are expected to conduct a discrete research project during their appointment and will be expected to participate in the academic programmes of The Hunterian and, where appropriate, in addition to pursuing their own research project during their appointment, engage with cognate Subject Areas within one or more of the University’s four Colleges during their residency through seminars, workshops and lectures. Innovative methodological contributions will be particularly welcome. The successful candidate will be expected to submit a report within one month of the completion of their Fellowship.

Awards are offered at postdoctoral (or equivalent) level. Applications are welcomed from academic and museum scholars, and from independent researchers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the Hunterian directorate to discuss potential research projects (see contact details below). Relevance to The Hunterian collections and their history will be the primary consideration of the Hunter Fellowship panel.

The award will be made once a year and may be held for a period of between one and four months. Where circumstances permit, more than one award may be available in any 12 month period.

The Fellowship is funded by incomes from The Hunterian’s Urie Bequest. At least £5,000 is available in any year to cover costs of travel to and from Glasgow, accommodation and living costs and other research-related expenses. This may be supplemented or matched by a relevant academic College at the University, where there is a close alignment in the proposed research. Recipients will normally be expected to be resident in Glasgow for the majority of their Fellowship.

Fellows will be entitled to claim reimbursement of expenses as follows: a maximum of £1,500 towards accommodation costs plus a maximum of £3,500 towards travel and research costs. In addition, office accommodation, IT and Library access will be provided. Depending on the length of the Fellowship, Fellows will be expected to be resident at the University for a minimum of 1 month (normally on sabbatical or study leave from their home institution).

Application process
The Fellowship is normally advertised in the New Year for the appointment beginning in the Spring semester of the following academic year. Applications should be received by 30 April 2014.

Applications, submitted electronically by the closing date to Hunter.Fellowship@Glasgow.ac.uk, must comprise the following:

• Current CV
• Research project proposal, including anticipated outputs (1000 words)
• Completed  Application Form
• An academic letter of support from home institution and  an academic reference external to the University of Glasgow (To be submitted direct to the address given above by the closing date for applications).
• Budget of anticipated expenses

Applications will be assessed by an expert panel of the Hunterian Academic Advisory Board according to the following equally-weighted criteria:

1. Excellence of academic record including qualifications and publications
2. Quality of the research project proposal
3. Fit of the proposed project with Hunterian Academic Policy and Strategy and with current research priorities
4. Nature and scope of plans for engagement with the appropriate College, Schools and  Research Institutes of the University of Glasgow (e.g. public lecture, seminars, workshops, the writing of new collaborative funding bids).

We would strongly encourage applicants to contact us in advance for informal discussion about ways in which their research may connect with The Hunterian’s interests.

Please contact the Deputy Director, Mr Mungo Campbell (Mungo.Campbell@Glasgow.ac.uk), in the first instance.

Hunter Fellowship Application Form.