The Newberry Library is a world-renowned independent research library in Chicago, dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. It acquires and preserves a broad array of special collections research materials relating to the civilizations of Europe and the Americas, and offers readers an extensive noncirculating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts, and other printed material spanning six centuries. The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry, works with an international consortium of universities in North America and the United Kingdom. The Centre for the Study of the Renaissance at the University of Warwick is proud to be a part of this prestigious consortium, and is in turn very grateful to Warwick's Humanities Research Centre, which generously provides funding towards the annual consortium membership fees. A list of consortium members can be found here.
Faculty and graduate students from consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to travel to the Newberry to attend programs or do research. A recent recipient of just such an award is Dr Bryan Brazeau who used his time as a previous recipient of a Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship to prepare the ground for an international event, 'Contexts of Early Modern Literary Criticism in Italy and Beyond: A History of the Book Symposium.' Bryan's report on the event can be found here. Other recipients of a travel award include Dr Stephen Bates, whose report can be found here.
Warwick PhD and Early Career Research Fellowships
Jointly funded by Warwick's Renaissance Centre and Humanities Research Centre, this particular fellowship is specifically for study at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and applicants have to make clear how they intend to make use of the Newberry collections. This Fellowship is intended to deepen and broaden the research links between Warwick and the Newberry Library. Applicants should be current Warwick doctoral students (not in their first year) or post-doctoral/early career fellows (up to 5 yrs post PhD) who can make an excellent research case for spending a short period of time at this North American institution. The Fellowship is intended to be short-term, e.g. 2 weeks, though fellows can of course stay longer if they wish. Full information and application details can be found on the HRC website. Reports by previous recipients of this 'tranatlantic' award can be found here.
Newberry Library Graduate Student Conference
The annual, multidisciplinary, graduate student conference, organised and run by advanced doctoral students, has become a premier opportunity for maturing scholars to present papers, participate in discussions, and develop collaborations across the field of medieval, Renaissance, and early modern studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines find a supportive and collegial forum for their work, meet future colleagues from other institutions and disciplines, and become familiar with the Newberry and its resources. In recent years, several Warwick PhD students were chosen to either present their papers and even organise the conference itself. Through its consortium membership and strong collaborative links with the Newberry, Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance has been able to support these students to enable them to travel to Chicago to attend / organise the annual onferences.