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CERL Internship and Placement Grant


Annually, CERL offers up to three Internship and Placement Grants, to the value of 1,000 Euros each, to allow qualified librarians and scholars to work on CERL projects in CERL libraries, or in CERL offices, and to be trained on CERL databases, generally for a period of one month.

In particular, CERL is looking to support people new to the profession, whether in librarianship or in academia, and to facilitate international mobility.

CERL member libraries propose projects suitable to the CERL Grant. Applicants may apply to these, or suggest a different proposal in agreement with another host library, which must itself be a member of CERL. The internship should normally take place within the period January-September.

Information on the 2019 internships offered by member libraries is available here - the deadline for sending in applications is 21 January 2019.

A grant can only be assigned once to the same person. Applications not selected but positively vetted will be notified that they can be put in again for the next round.

A written report for the CERL webpage and Newsletter, and/or a presentation in person will be expected at the end of the internship/placement.


Your application should include a CV (maximum two pages) and a covering letter. This should outline preference of destination, preference of research project, or collections to work on, your suitability for the internship, your reasons for the application, and the name of one referee who can be contacted by CERL.

If the applicant is employed by an institution, the consent of the institution should be included.


25 February 2018: The CERL Grant Committee is very pleased to announce the conferment of four CERL Grants:

1) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at Cambridge University Library: to Ester Peric, a Master student in Italian Philology and Book History from the University of Udine, Italy, with experience in archival documents and an Erasmus + in Manchester spent cataloguing incunabula at the John Rylands University Library. Peric gained a place in the four-year Doctorate programme 'Testi, Tradizioni e Culture del Libro. Studi italiani e romanzi' at the University of Naples (coord. Prof. Andrea Mazzucchi), starting Nov. 2019.

2) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at Edinburgh National Library: to Krisztina Rábai, Assistant Professor in Medieval and Book History at the University of Szeged, Hungary, with experience in monastic library collections.

3) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Beinecke Library in Yale: to Beatrice Alai, from Cesena, Italy, with degrees in History of Art and Palaeography from the University of Florence and Padua and currently on a postdoctoral fellowship in Berlin to work on the incunabula collection of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin.

4) To James Misson, a DPhil student in English Literature from the University of Oxford, with experience in English Palaeography and in cataloguing in MEI incunabula from Oxford colleges.

The three hosting libraries offered matching funds to secure a longer internship. A report of their activities is available here.

25 applications were received from Australia (1), Austria (1), Canada (1), Hungary (1), Italy (12, 4 of which living abroad), Japan (1), Spain (1), Netherlands (3), New Zeland (1), UK (1), US (1), Poland (1).

8 Male and 17 female. 11 librarians or library trainees or students, 14 early career scholars.


1 May 2017, three Interns started work on enriching MEI entries for the incunables held at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, in The Hague:

  • Ruben Celani (Italy)
  • Judit Kolumban (Romania)
  • Maria O'Shea (Ireland)

The KB was able to offer a Gerard van Thienen Grant to Lauren Leenders (the Netherlands), to strengthen the team. The team was supervised by Dr Marieke van Delft, Curator Early Printed Collections, KB The Hague.

A report of their activities is available here.


CERL received 21 applications.

A grant was awarded to Francesca Rocchi, a graduate in Latin Palaeography of La Sapienza University, Rome, with previous internship experience at the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, to work within the Special Collections Department of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. A report of her activities is available here.

A grant was awarded to Thomas Theyssens, a graduate in Early Modern History from the University of Louvain, with a Master in Heritage Management in Libraries from the University of Antwerp, to work within the Printed Heritage Collections Department of the British Library, London. A report of his activities is available here.

More information about the 2015 awards is available here.


2014 - Angéline Rais - Cataloguing the incunabula collection of Lambeth Palace Library in the Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) database.

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