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The Clements Library is pleased to announce the launch of a new research funding opportunity for 2022-2023. In partnership with the American Trust for the British Library (ATBL), the William L. Clements Library will offer a Transatlantic Fellowship designed to support at least four weeks of research between both the British Library and the Clements Library, with at least one week of research time at each institution. The award will be $5,000 USD (paid via the ATBL) and is meant to be applied to transportation and lodging expenses.

This opportunity will support researchers whose projects will benefit from the use of primary source materials in both libraries, enabling the production of exciting transatlantic scholarship. The program is especially welcome to graduate students, recent PhDs, early career scholars, adjunct faculty, librarians, or curatorial staff who otherwise do not have access to departmental research funds. Projects from any academic discipline will be considered.

The collections at the Clements Library can support a robust and broad variety of research topics, particularly those making use of historical materials pertinent to America in the 18th and 19th centuries. (See examples of successful transatlantic fellowship projects conducted with other ATBL partner institutions in 2021). We look forward to learning about exciting projects that rely upon both the world-class Clements collections and the British Library, “one of the world’s greatest research libraries.”

Applicants may wish to reach out to reference and research staff at both the British Library and at the William L. Clements Library prior to application to determine the feasibility of proposed collection access. For subject area expertise inquiries at the British Library, please consult the Library’s expertise page. For general field inquiries at the British Library, please consult the Library’s reference contact information. For inquiries regarding the William L. Clements Library’s collections, please reach out to Maggie Vanderford at

Please find the full details on this opportunity as well as the application form available online via the ATBL. Prospective candidates for the Transatlantic Fellowship must apply through the ATBL, and are eligible to also apply for regular 2022-23 Clements fellowships via our website. The application deadline for all fellowships is January 15, 2022.

We look forward to supporting groundbreaking research through this collaboration, and welcome any inquiries, questions, or clarifications.

Maggie Vanderford
Librarian for Instruction and Engagement

Albert King, “Ocean of Love,” manuscript map, ca. 1850. William L. Clements Library.

A. Quiz [pseudonym], “A new map of the land of matrimony, from the latest survey,” printed map, ca. 1800s. British Library.