NEH POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
VATICAN FILM LIBRARY
SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
CENTER FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES
The Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance
Studies invites application for four $5,000 semester-long
fellowships to work in the Vatican Film Library at Saint
Louis University. These fellowships have been made possible
through the National Endowment for the Humanities and the
generosity of Saint Louis University's alumni, individual,
corporate and foundation donors.
Conditions of appointment:
Recipients will be expected to reside in the St. Louis area
from September 1 to December 1 for appointments for the fall
term, or from February 1 to May 1, for appointments for the
spring term. Although the primary focus of the fellowship is
research in the Vatican Film Library, recipients will be required
to lead at least one seminar session (upper undergraduate or graduate
level) and to give one public lecture concerning their research
project. Recipients are allowed, indeed encouraged, to combine
these fellowships with other sources of funding, including the
Vatican Film Library's Mellon Fellowship Program, although
recipients may not simultaneously teach courses or engage
in other employment during the tenure of their stipend.
Fellows will have faculty borrowing privileges at Saint Louis
University's Pius XII Memorial Library, which in turn will
entitle them to limited borrowing privileges in other libraries
belonging to the HECC consortium, including the libraries of
Washington University and the entire University of Missouri
library network. The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
will provide assistance in locating housing for recipients.
Saint Louis University cannot provide health insurance, although
in most cases recipients can purchase individual health insurance
relatively inexpensively through a private insurer.
The Vatican Film Library (http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl/)
contains microfilms of approximately 37,000 of the Vatican
Library's 75,000 manuscript codices and printed books, plus
microfilms of codices from over a hundred other European libraries.
Its particular strengths reside in Greek and Latin patristics,
medieval philosophy and science (Including all the Vatican Library's
Arabic manuscript holdings), Renaissance humanism, European
vernacular literatures,and the Scientific Revolution. All of
the Vatican Library's published catalogs and hand-written
inventories can be consulted in the Vatican Film
Library, where there is also a reference collection for
manuscript research, reinforced in turn by research-oriented
materials throughout the general library collections.
The Vatican Film Library also contains 50,000 slides
of illuminated manuscripts, and the Department of Fine and
Performing Arts houses a collection of another 50,000 slides
of Western Art.
In addition, the St. Louis Room of Pius XII Memorial Library
has a collection of 4,200 rare books printed between 1475 and
1700 as well as over a hundred French, Italian, Latin, and
Spanish manuscripts. The CETEDOC Library of Christian
Latin Texts, the Thesaurus Linguae Grecae, Patrologia Latina, and
In Principio databases are available on line in the reference area.
Related resources in the St. Louis area include the Center for
Reformation Research, the library of the Missouri Botanical Garden,
and the Paracelsus collection in the Washington University School
of Medicine Library.
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in any field
of the humanities (including History of Science and Technology)
associated with the collections of the Vatican Film Library.
Highest priority will be given to applications that persuade
the Advisory Committee that the applicant possesses the requisite
paleographical and linguistic skills to take full advantage of
the Vatican Film Library's resources. Please send a cover letter,
which should include a brief description of the proposed project,
a narrative not to exceed five double-spaced pages, and a
curriculum vitae postmarked by November 1 (for the following
spring term) or May 1 (for the following fall term) to:
c/o Advisory Committee\
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
3663 Lindell Bl., Suite 240
Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO 63108-3342
Inquiries may be sent via fax to +01 (314) 977-3943,
via e-mail to [log in to unmask], or via telephone
to +01 (314) 977-7180.
Visit the Vatican Film Library website at