Could you be our first Digital Scholarship Research Fellow?

Call open

The call is currently closed for The National Librarian’s Research Fellowship in Digital Scholarship 2020-21. We hope to put out a new call for the 2021-22 Fellowship position in early 2021.

The Fellowship

This Fellowship supports an exciting opportunity for a three-month period of research into of 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 newly-released data collections. 

As a digital fellowship, occupation 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 also use some of the award to visit the Library for at least one week during the three month period, to present findings, contribute to the Library’s public and internal events programmes and deliver any other in-person engagement activities (for example, around the methodology and approach to the project). Any lectures must be delivered in the English, Scots or Gaelic languages. If travel restrictions continue, online alternatives should be offered.

This award is intended for scholars who hold a doctorate, or have attained relevant equivalent experience in employment in higher education or research, and who are active in a relevant field of research. Early career researchers are encouraged to apply, as are international applicants. International scholars 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. 


This is the first year of The National Librarian’s Research Fellowship in Digital Scholarship. The National Library of Scotland’s Data Foundry was launched in September 2019, as the Library’s 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 generously 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.