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The Fellowship is normally tenable for ten months (1 October-31 July) and there is a salary of £36,382 (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.

For 2022-23, the Electors to the Fellowship are seeking to appoint two Munby Fellows. One fellowship is open to those pursuing research on any topic within the framework of Bibliography or History of the Book. For the second, the Electors will be particularly pleased to receive applications based on collections in Cambridge from beyond the European language areas, as these have been historically very under-represented. Any applications meeting the criteria for the second fellowship will automatically be considered for both.

It is expected that the Munby Fellows will be offered non-stipendiary college fellowships co-terminous with their appointment. The open fellowship is historically associated with a fellowship at Darwin College. The new fellowship engaging with collections from beyond European language areas is associated with a visiting fellowship at St John’s College.

Who may apply?

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 autumn for a post beginning in October the following year. The advert is posted on the Library's Job Opportunities webpage. Election to the Fellowship is normally made by March of the year of the date of commencement of the Fellowship.

Munby Application details

The Fellowship is normally advertised each December for a post beginning in October the following year. Enquiries about the fellowship can be sent to Dr Suzanne Paul, Keeper of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts (