The Library’s annual fellowship in digital scholarship started in 2020.

Call open

The call is currently open for The National Librarian’s Research Fellowship in Digital Scholarship 2020-21.

Closing date: 12pm (midnight) GMT, 14 February 2021

More information, requirements and apply: The National Librarian’s Research Fellowship in Digital Scholarship advert and application

The National Librarian’s Research Fellow in Digital Scholarship 2021-22

This Fellowship supports an exciting opportunity for a three-month period of research into any aspect of the Library’s data collections available on the Data Foundry, using data science or other digital research methods or techniques. Fellows should undertake research for a significant piece of publishable work using one or more of these  data collections, with a significant focus of the research project on the dataset(s) used. 

The project should take place across three consecutive months between April 2021 and March 2022, to be agreed jointly by the successful Fellow and the Library. 

As a digital fellowship, tenure of the National Librarian’s Digital Scholarship Research Fellowship does not require residency within the Library: we welcome applications for remote ‘residency’. The Fellow should, however, ensure that they remain in regular contact with the Library throughout the three month period and offer digital updates for staff and external audiences. 

The Fellow should use some of the award to visit the Library for at least one week during the three month period, to present findings, deliver talks for the Library’s public and internal events programmes and carry out any other in-person engagement workshops or activities (for example, around the methodology and approach to the project). Any lectures must be delivered in the English, Scots or Gaelic languages. (This requirement is Covid-dependent: applicants should have alternative plans for online engagement opportunities if travel is not possible). 

The award is open to researchers, from Early Career through to established academics, of any nationality and country. The Fellowship is also open to those who have attained relevant equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research, and who are active in a relevant field of research. 

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet UK visa requirements and obtaining the correct visa where required. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds: the National Library of Scotland recognises the value and importance of diversity and promotes equality in our working practices and culture. 


The National Librarian’s Research Fellowship in Digital Scholarship began in 2020. The National Library of Scotland’s Data Foundry was launched in September 2019 as the Library’s open data-delivery platform, and part of the Library’s new Digital Scholarship Service. The Data Foundry provides Library collections in machine-readable form: digitised collections (text and images); metadata collections; map data; and organisational data. The Library updates and adds to these collections on a regular basis. 

The Fellowship is supported by the National Librarian’s Innovation Fund. The Fellowship comes with an award of £7,500 (which includes travel expenses), payable in three instalments.  

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Find our more about the 2020-21 Fellow and Fellowship project: The National Librarian’s Research Fellowship in Digital Scholarship 2020-21