2021 Visiting Fellows working in the Upper Reading Room

From 2007-2017, Chawton House offered a competitive Visiting Fellowship programme in partnership with the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton, building up a community of scholars across the globe and supporting world-class research. However, changes to the funding structure of Chawton House led to the suspension of the programme to allow for a strategic reshaping of the organisation, ensuring it could become self-sustaining.

In August 2021, we piloted a new summer Fellowship programme aimed specifically at early career researchers, awarding three residential Fellowships. Below, the Fellows share some of the research they undertook during their time at Chawton House, and talk about the experience of being onsite.

In July/August and November 2022, Chawton House is delighted to be able to offer six residential fellowships for postgraduate or early career researchers (within 5 years of PhD) working on women’s writing of the long eighteenth century. These fellowships have been made possible by a generous donation from the Ardeola Charitable Trust.

In memory of Deirdre Le Faye, one Fellowship will be offered to a researcher working on Jane Austen. We are also interested to hear from those working on women’s travel writing or women’s letters, who would be able to contribute to our planned academic programme during or after their residence (our Travel Writing exhibition opens in September 2022; and our 2023 exhibition, ‘Quills and Characters’ will explore women’s networks of correspondence). However, research in all areas of women’s writing will be considered.

2022 Fellows will be offered onsite accommodation in a self-catering apartment annexed to Chawton House itself (shared kitchen and bathroom), and will be given space to work each day in the upper reading room.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have to be flexible in responding to changing restrictions, including travel restrictions. We therefore reserve the right to cancel or postpone fellowships offered should the public health situation change. Please note that travel expenses are not included as part of the programme.

How to Apply

For more information about the Fellowships, please click here for a full description.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 6 May, 2022. Please email the following documents to visiting.fellowships@chawtonhouse.org:

  • A cover letter, including a proposal for a contribution to the outputs at Chawton House (1 page only; please see our website & YouTube channel)
  • A proposal for the work you intend to carry out as a Visiting Fellow, to include items in our collection that you would want to consult (no more than 2 pages, 1.5 spaced. See our catalogue)
  • Your CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • One confidential letter of recommendation to be emailed separately by the referee before the deadline.

Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Please direct general questions to Dr Kim Simpson: kim.simpson@chawtonhouse.org, and collections-specific questions to Curator and Collections Manager, Emma Yandle: emma.yandle@chawtonhouse.org