Balliol-Bodley Scholarship

In 2009 Balliol College and the Bodleian Library jointly established a graduate scholarship. This Scholarship, the funding for which comes from private benefaction as well as from both Balliol and the Bodleian, was initiated by Old Member Gillian Einhorn (2007) to enable a suitable Balliol graduate student to participate in the work of the Bodleian Library. You can read about the setting up of the Scholarship in the 2010 issue of Floreat Domus (pp. 467). Details of the Balliol-Bodley Scholarship and how to apply are here.

Previous Scholarship holders and projects

2009: Christine Madsen (DPhil in Information Communication and the Social Sciences) completed her project while working at the Oxford Internet Institute on the future of libraries; she was particularly interested in the digitisation of cultural materials,

2010: Carly Watson (Master of Studies in English, 15501780) worked on the Bodleian’s Harcourt family archive, including poetry written and collected by Elizabeth, Countess Harcourt d.1826). 

2011: Josefin Holmstrom (Master of Studies in English, 18001914) helped to archive a recently donated collection of letters to Maria Edgeworth, the Regency period author and educationalist who has been variously dubbed ‘the Irish Jane Austen’ and ‘the female Walter Scott’.

2012: Katrina Longo (MPhil, Modern British and European History) has been working with the papers of Gilbert Murray as part of the Bodleian’s preparation for a major exhibition about the First World War for the centenary year 2014.

2013: Aoife O’Gorman (DPhil, History) describes her work on archives relating to Oxford in the First World War here.

2014: Nick Allred (MSt, English) worked with a scrapbook of clipped print and manuscript songs dating to the turn of the nineteenth century. He identified lyrical patterns, layout and formatting choices, and likely sources among contemporaneous print ephemera elsewhere in the collection. His work culminated in a public lecture in Trinity Term attended by faculty, students, and visiting scholars.

2015: Jessica Rosenthal McGrath (MSt, Medieval History) will assist Bodley’s Keeper of Special Collections and other relevant colleagues in a project to identify, assess and list literary postcards in its collections as preparatory research work towards a library publication or exhibition. 

2016: Zoe Pollak (MSt English (18301914) will work on the ‘material evidence’ in 18th- and 19th-century Bodleian rare books and Olivia Thompson (MSt Greek and/or Roman History) will work on the Anthony Hobson bequest of modern reference works on the history of book-binding.

2017: Sian Witherden (DPhil English) will work on early modern letters in the Bodleian Archives, identifying a suitable body of material for a series of textual editing workshops for undergraduates and postgraduates. Read Sian Witherden’s report here.

2018: Stephanie Kelley (MSt English, 18301914) will work on unpublished nineteenth-century letters in the Bodleian archive, identifying material in literary collections to use for the Bodleian Student Editions project as part of EMLO (Early Modern Letters Online).

2020 (completed in 2023): Barbora Sojkova (DPhil Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) will work on cataloguing Sanskrit manuscripts as part of the FAMOUS (Finding Archives and Manuscripts Across Oxford’s Unique Special Collections) project.

2023: Charlotte Oertel (MSc Digital Scholarship) will work on recording the letters and papers of the North family from the 18th century.