The Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship in 18th-Century Scottish Studies
The Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship in 18th-Century Scottish Studies is co-sponsored by the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society (ECSSS), the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh (IASH). The Fellowship is for two to six months and may be taken at any time of the year.
The Daiches-Manning Memorial Fellowship honours two outstanding scholars of eighteenth-century Scottish literature and culture, Professor David Daiches (1912–2005) and Professor Susan Manning (1953–2013). David Daiches was the second Director of IASH, 1980–1986, and was the first recipient of ECSSS’s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the Society’s first annual conference in 1987. Susan Manning served as Director of IASH from 2005 until her death in 2013. She was President of ECSSS from 1994 to 1996, and continuously as a member of the ECSSS Executive Board from 1994 to 2013. She was awarded the ECSSS Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in May 2013. Although both David Daiches and Susan Manning had broad intellectual interests and expertise, each made a particularly important contribution to eighteenth-century Scottish studies as an interdisciplinary and international research field.
The fellowship provides a bursary of £1,300 per month, for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 3 months, i.e., a maximum award of £3,900. Fellows who are in residence at IASH between 2 and 3 months receive a prorated stipend. Fellows may be in residence at IASH for up to 6 months but do not receive funding beyond the maximum stated above.
The Fellowship is open to postdoctoral scholars of all nationalities, in all disciplines, and at all career levels. Fellows must be members of ASECS and ECSSS at the time the funds are awarded. Fellows are expected to be resident in Edinburgh for the duration of their Fellowship, except by special agreement with both IASH and ECSSS. In the event of nationally or locally mandated remote-working, stipends will be paid in full.
IASH is housed in a nineteenth-century courtyard close to the Edinburgh University Library, and about twenty-five scholars are in residence at any time. Fellows are allocated a private office in the Institute with all the usual research facilities. They are also encouraged to develop contacts with colleagues within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. They give at least one seminar on their current research work during their tenure.
We would particularly welcome proposals linked to themes such as Scotland’s role in the British Empire, Scotland’s colonial legacy, the role of Scotland’s universities and other institutions in facilitating the slave trade, the place of colonialism and anti-colonialism in Scottish literature, scientific and medical ideas of race, and the histories of people of colour in Scotland. Please see the Institute Project on Decoloniality for more information about the wider programme at IASH from 2021 to 2024.