Bridwell Fellowships

Bridwell Fellowships

Each year Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology offers five two-week fellowships promoting independent study via on site access to the library’s rich collection of resources.

  •  Three Bridwell Library Visiting Scholar’s Fellowships promote and facilitate scholarship requiring use of the library’s rare books, manuscripts, or archives collections;
  • One Bridwell Library Center for Methodist Studies Fellowship promotes and facilitates scholarship in Methodism and related areas;
  • One Bridwell Library Visiting Minister’s Fellowship promotes and facilitates reflective study and fellowship for clergypersons.

Bridwell Library holds over 400,000 items in religion, theology, and related fields. 

Special collections include extensive holdings in theological, liturgical, and devotional texts from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century, with particular emphasis on English sermons, religious polemic, and church history. The works of John Wesley and his colleagues and critics are found in first and early editions.

In addition, Bridwell Library houses a significant Bible collection, including medieval manuscripts and scrolls, major monuments of fifteenth-century printing, important translations and commentaries of the Reformation period, missionary Bibles in diverse languages, and modern fine press editions.

The archives at Bridwell Library comprise extensive holdings of Methodist-related primary resources generated by bishops, ministers, missionaries, educators, institutions, and organizations.

Public Services staff will offer a brief orientation and a tour of the Library. Assistance in using the Library’s collections will be available throughout the fellowship period.

 

Terms and Requirements

  • Each fellowship consists of a stipend of $2,000 to help defray travel, living, and research expenses.
  • The fellowship is awarded for a two-week minimum period of time.
  • Fellows are expected to conduct their research at Bridwell Library.
  • Applicants must reside at least 100 miles away from the Southern Methodist University campus.
  • Recipients are responsible for making their own travel and housing arrangements; a listing of hotels near campus is available upon request.
  • Fellows publishing materials resulting directly from the study period are expected to acknowledge the Bridwell Library Fellowship and Bridwell Library resources in the work and provide one copy for the library collections.
  • The fellowship period may be scheduled at any time during the year from June 1 of the year in which the award is made through May 31 of the following year.

 Eligibility

  • Three Bridwell Library Visiting Scholar’s Fellowships are open to active scholars ranging from Ph.D. students to retired professors utilizing the library’s rare books, manuscripts, or archives collections;
  • One Bridwell Library Center for Methodist Studies Fellowship is open to active scholars ranging from Ph.D. students to retired professors researching Methodism and related areas;
  • One Bridwell Library Visiting Minister’s Fellowship is open to active clergypersons.