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The Munby Fellowship

A photograph of A.N.L. Munby.The Munby Fellowship was founded in memory of the late Alan Noel Latimer Munby, a greatly respected scholar in the field of bibliography, especially in the history of the book trade and of book-collecting, to which his series of Phillipps studies is a most distinguished contribution. He was for many years Librarian of King’s College, Cambridge, and a Syndic of Cambridge University Library, and gave generously of his time and expertise to all who asked for his advice and help in pursuit of their researches.

The object of the Munby Fellowship is to continue his work by sponsoring bibliographical research based in the first instance on the collections of the libraries of Cambridge, and likely to be of benefit also, in the broadest sense, to scholars using those collections in the future. Within that general framework there are no restrictions on the choice of research subject which may concern printed or manuscript material, in any language.

The Fellowship is normally tenable for ten months (1 October-31 July) and there is a salary of about £32,267 (pro rata). The Munby Fellow will be given work space in the University Library and will enjoy access to the Library’s collections on the same terms as the members of its permanent staff. A modest amount of help with research expenses is available. The Fellow will be expected to submit a written report on the progress of the research project during the second half of the tenure of the Fellowship and this report may form the basis of an informal discussion between the Electors to the Fellowship and the Fellow. The Fellow will not be called upon to undertake any routine departmental or other staff duties or responsibilities within the Library.

There will normally be available to the Munby Fellow a non-stipendiary Research or Visiting Fellowship at Darwin College for the period of tenure of the Munby Fellowship. Darwin College is a graduate college of about 80 Fellows and over 450 graduate students. The Master is Mary Fowler. If he/she takes up the Darwin Fellowship, the Munby Fellow is expected to participate fully in the College’s intellectual and social life. He/she would be a member of the Governing Body, and would be entitled to take meals without payment in the College. The College would, if requested, give practical, but not financial, help in finding accommodation.

The Munby Fellowship is open to graduates in any discipline, men or women, of any university or nationality. Preference will be given to scholars at post-doctoral or an equivalent level. The offer of the Fellowship to any foreign national (other than a citizen of the EU or Gibraltar) or to any Commonwealth citizen would be subject to the issue of a work permit by the Department of Employment.

The Fellowship is normally advertised each summer for a post beginning in October the following year. More details are available at Election to the Fellowship is normally made by early January of the year of the date of commencement of the Fellowship. There are no interviews.

View the list of our Munby fellows