Bibliography Bursary 2009-10

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The Institute offers a Bibliography Bursary for the academic year 2009-10, to be held by an international postgraduate student who is beginning either the MA programme or the PhD in the Institute. The bursary is worth £1500 (paid in instalments over the academic year).

The successful applicant will work in the team producing the International Medieval Bibliography. He/she will receive training in the principles and practice of bibliographical abstracting and indexing in the different disciplines relevant to Medieval Studies, with particular emphasis on historical geography, manuscript referencing and different linguistic equivalents of index terms. He/she will undertake practical work experience in the production of an electronic serial bibliography under the supervision of the Editor of the International Medieval Bibliography, and will be required to compile complete bibliographical records in appropriate areas of expertise. The work will be undertaken for half a day per week over the academic year; there will be some flexibility in working times to accommodate vacations and/or research trips. Payment of the Bursary will be contingent on satisfactory performance. In awarding the scholarship, priority may be given to applicants who have not secured full scholarship funding for their studies.

Applications for the IMS Bibliography Bursary should be submitted to Ms Alison Martin, Secretary, Teaching & Postgraduate Research Institute for Medieval Studies, Parkinson Building Room 4.05, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK (

Bibliography Bursary applications may be submitted either in conjunction with applications for IMS MA and PhD programmes or at any point subsequently up to the deadline for receipt of Bibliography Bursary applications: 11 May 2009.

Applications for the Bibliography Bursary should consist of a separate curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) along with a letter of application for the Bursary (maximum 2 pages). Bursary applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or undertake a written test. Decisions about the award of the Bursary will be announced to applicants in the week of 20 July 2009.

Bibliography Scholarship 2009-2010: person specification
Essential Attributes

  • A BA degree or equivalent in the Humanities with sufficient medieval components
  • A wide range of knowledge of the European Middle Ages (c. 400-1500)
  • Evidence of proof-reading skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

Desirable attributes

  • Good command of at least one modern European language in addition to English
  • Specialist knowledge of medieval history and/or a medieval European language
  • Previous experience of: research / publishing / bibliographic work / librarianship/archiving
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Access