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NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship


The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $3500.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.


Nominations and applications for the 2022 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on July 15, 2022.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, a description of the dissertation research project, and two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor). The letters should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation. Letters of recommendation should be submitted here.

A copy of the c.v. and the description of the dissertation project should be sent electronically via e-mail (as a single WORD or PDF file) to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters of recommendation should be sent electronically as well to each committee member directly by the referee. The application file should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Application) and letters of recommendation should be named (APPLICANT’S LAST NAME_Letter). Materials must be submitted electronically by 11:59 PM on July 15, 2022. Awards will be announced by September 15, 2022.

Applicants for the NACBS fellowship are also welcome to apply to supplement that award with a short-term award from the Huntington Library itself under the terms of its own fellowship competition, the closing date for which is November 15, 2022. See:


Lisa Cody
Claremont McKenna College

Lou Roper

State University of New York--New Paltz

Simon Devereaux

University of Victoria

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Previous Winners


Hannah Kaemmer, Harvard University, for her research on “Expertise and Empire: Fortification Building and the English Board of Ordnance, 1660-1714.”

  • Hannah Kaemmer’s doctoral dissertation in the History and Theory of Architecture explores a centrally important, yet substantially under-studied dimension of British imperial activity – the building of fortifications – during the first decades in which the empire acquired truly global dimensions. The committee was impressed by both the originality of the work proposed, blending scholarship on architecture, knowledge-expertise, and state-building, and its ambitious geographic scope, spanning sites as varied and far-flung as London, Ireland, New York, Jamaica, Tangier and Newfoundland. This fellowship will enable Kaemmer to consult a wide range of materials unique to the Huntington’s manuscript collection, including the Ellesmere and Blathwayt papers, and rare copies of treatises on fortification contained in the print collections.



Rachel Podd (Fordham University), “Medieval Conceptions of Health and Illness: Regimen Sanitatis and Medical Recipes at the Huntington Library.”

  • Rachel Podd's doctoral dissertation explores the lived experience of illness in late medieval England. The project combines historical analysis with a variety of other disciplinary methods, including anthropological perspectives, demography, and bio-archeology. At the Huntington, she plans to explore regimen sanitatis and recipe collections from the late middle ages in order to recover attitudes about illness and conditions of health among non-elite city dwellers. Her proposal impressed the committee and made a clear case for needing to consult the Huntington’s collections. 



Zach Bates (University of Calgary), “Scottish Colonial Administrators and the Idea of the British Empire and Constitution, 1710-1763.”

  • Bates’ Ph.D. thesis explores the role of leading Scottish colonial administrators in theorizing an “imperial constitution” in the early to mid-eighteenth century. His work creatively combines the history of national identities, ideologies of empire and colonial governance. The Huntington collections will be vital for his research.



Catherine Hinchliff (Johns Hopkins University), ‘Women, Gender and Speech in the English Revolution’

  • Even among a strong pool of applications, Catherine Hinchliff’s project proposal stood out for its clarity, detail and originality. Hinchliff’s research promises to open new perspectives on the expanding role of women as political agents, and the varied forms of women’s political speech, in the revolutionary upheavals of the seventeenth century. The Huntington collections will be vital for her research.



Sonia Tycko (Harvard University), ‘Coerced Labor in an Age of Contract: England, 1639-1689’

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