Since 1998 the ICHS has worked in partnership with the National Library of Ireland to offer a one-year Research Studentship (originally called the NLI Studentship in Irish History) for advanced graduate or post-doctoral students working in Irish history.

The Studentship offers postgraduate or post-doctoral students experience of working in a library and an opportunity to explore, in depth, the Library’s unique archival collections. It is a paid position lasting 12 months.

Students work in the Manuscripts Department of the NLI. There they undertake an intensive study of a selected manuscript collection or collections. This involves cataloguing  the collection, giving presentations and lectures to visiting groups of students and scholars, providing assistance to individual researchers with research queries, and producing a research guide in their specialist area. They are encouraged to use the collection as a major source in their own research programme and to continue to use their work after the completion of their Studentship in subsequent publications and outputs.

Details of the 2017 Studentship are now available on the NLI website. The deadline for applications is 21 July 2017.

Current Recipient (2016/17)

Frances Nolan is the current holder of the Research Studentship. She is arranging and cataloguing the De Freyne Papers, which concern the Barons De Freyne and the wider French family of Frenchpark in County Roscommon.

You can read an account of her time in the NLI (and her fascinating discoveries in the De Freyne collections) here.

Former Recipients of the Research Studentship

Marie Coleman (now Lecturer in the Department of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics) was awarded the first Studentship in 1998. She catalogued the papers of Piaras Béaslaí (1895-1965), a prominent figure in the Irish revolution and the first biographer of Michael Collins. You can read her reminiscences of her studentship here.

Fionnuala Walsh (now Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Trinity College Dublin) was awarded the Studentship in 2015. She worked on the papers of Field Marshal Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough (1779-1869) (NLI PC 12,696 / ACC 4021). You can read her account of her studentship here.