Short-Term Fellowships for Research in the Vatican Film Library
The Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University invites applications to short-term fellowship programs available for research in its collections. The library holds over 40,000 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts reproduced in microfilm and digital formats from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and many other libraries, offering rich resources for study in history, literature, religion, philosophy, canon and civil law, classics, science, medicine and many other subjects. Languages and cultural traditions represented include Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Coptic, Ethiopic and Western European vernaculars, encompassing Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the early modern period, and spanning Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and the Middle East. An extensive reference collection of more than 8,000 volumes on paleography, codicology, illumination, text editing and transmission, library history, manuscript catalogues, and other areas supports research in pre-modern manuscripts and the texts they contain.
The library also holds more than 12,000 Jesuit historical manuscripts reproduced in microfilm relating to Jesuit activities from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries in the Western Hemisphere, drawn from the Archivum Romanum Societatis Iesu, the Collegium Romanum, the national archives of Spain, and archives in South, Central, and North America, as well as the Philippines.
Fellowships are available to graduate students and established scholars regardless of nationality. The Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship provides a stipend of $2,250 per month for periods of research between two and eight weeks. Saint Louis University’s Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies and Center for Religious and Legal History also offer fellowships for research in the collections. For further information on application details and submission deadlines, see our fellowship guidelines.