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Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship


To assist scholars wishing to conduct research in the manuscript collections in the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University.


Open to candidates who are at the postdoctoral level, or graduate students formally admitted to PhD candidacy and working on their dissertation.

Study Length

2-8 weeks

Award Value

The scholarship provides travel expenses and a living allowance of $2250 USD per month for two to eight weeks.

Application procedure

Applicants must write, in the first instance, to describe the topic of the planned research and to indicate the exact dates during which support is desired. A formal application should then be submitted, which should include a cover letter stating the title and proposed dates of research, a detailed statement of the project proposal of not more than two or three pages in length, a list of the manuscripts or other archival materials to be consulted, a selective bibliography of primary and secondary sources relating to the research topic and a curriculum vitae. Applications submitted by PhD candidates should also include a letter of recommendation from their advisor with reference to the applicant's palaeographical and language.

Closing date

March 1st for research in June to August, June 1st for research in September to December and October 1st for research in January to May

Study Level

  • Graduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Predoctorate
  • Research
  • Doctorate

Vatican Film Library

The Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University in St Louis, Missouri, is a microfilm repository for the Vatican Library manuscripts housed in Rome and a research centre for medieval and Renaissance manuscripts studies in general. The research collections contain a wide range of primary source manuscript materials on microfilm, microfiche and in digital reproduction, in addition to slides and printed facsimile editions ranging in date from the 5th to the 19th centuries, and a large number of incunabula and early-printed books also on microfilm and microfiche. At the core of these collections are the microfilmed copies of approximately three-quarters of the Vatican Library's Greek, Latin and Western European vernacular manuscripts, as well as Hebrew, Ethiopic and Arabic manuscripts.

Contact Details

  • 314 977 3090
  • 314 977 3108
  • Mellon Fellowship Program
    Pius XII Memorial Library
    Saint Louis University
    3650 Lindell Boulevard
    St Louis
    63108 3302
    United States of America

More information

For more information regarding this award, please contact the Vatican Film Library by using the links below.


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