Call for Applications – Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies Research Fellowship

The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Visiting Research Fellowship program. Guided by the vision of its founders, Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg, SIMS brings manuscript culture, modern technology, and people together to provide access to and understanding of our shared intellectual heritage.  SIMS oversees an extensive collection of pre-modern manuscripts from around the world, with a special focus on the history of philosophy and science, and creates open-access digital content to support the study of its collections.  SIMS also hosts the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts and the annual Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age and publishes the journal Manuscript Studies.

The SIMS Visiting Research Fellowships have been established to encourage research relating to the pre-modern manuscript collections held by Penn Libraries, including the Schoenberg Collection.  Located in the heart of Penn’s campus near other manuscript-rich research collections (the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Science History Institute, and the Rosenbach Museum and Library, among many others), and linked to the local and international scholarly communities, SIMS offers fellows a network of resources and opportunities for research and collaboration. Fellows will be encouraged to interact with SIMS staff, Penn faculty, and other medieval and early modern scholars in the Philadelphia area. Fellows will also be expected to present their research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.

Applications are due May 1, 2018. For more information on eligibility and the application process, go to:

For more information on SIMS, go to For more information on the Schoenberg Collection of Manuscripts, go to On Penn’s pre-modern manuscript holdings in general, go to:


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