CERL Internship and Placement Grant

CERL annually offers an Internship and Placement Grant, allowing qualified librarians and scholars to work on CERL projects in one of CERL’s renowned member libraries, or in one of CERL’s offices, and to be trained on CERL databases, generally for a period of one month.


The applicant should send one A4 letter of application stating preferences of destination, preferences of research projects, or collections to work on, and the name of one referee who can be contacted by CERL. In addition, the applicant should send one curriculum vitae of no more than 2 pages, including information about areas of expertise and languages. If the applicant is employed by an institution, the consent of the institution should be included.


This grant can only be assigned once to the same person. Applicants who were not selected but positively vetted will be notified and are welcome to apply for the next round.

A written report for the CERL webpage and Newsletter, and/or a presentation in person will be expected at the end of the internship/placement.

Address: Consortium of European Research Libraries, Finsbury Business Centre, 40 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R 0NE, UK; or email: secretariat@cerl.org.


1 May 2017, three Interns started work on enriching MEI entries for the incunables held at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the Netherlands, in The Hague (KB:

The KB was able to offer a Gerard van Thienen Grant to Lauren Leenders (the Netherlands), to strengthen the team. The team was supervised by Dr Marieke van Delft, Curator Early Printed Collections, KB The Hague.

A report of their activities is available here.


CERL received 21 applications.

A grant was awarded to Francesca Rocchi, a graduate in Latin Palaeography of La Sapienza University, Rome, with previous internship experience at the Biblioteca Casanatense in Rome, to work within the Special Collections Department of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. A report of her activities is available here.

A grant was awarded to Thomas Theyssens, a graduate in Early Modern History from the University of Louvain, with a Master in Heritage Management in Libraries from the University of Antwerp, to work within the Printed Heritage Collections Department of the British Library, London. A report of his activities is available here.

More information about the 2015 awards is available here.


2014 - Angéline Rais - Cataloguing the incunabula collection of Lambeth Palace Library in the Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) database.

Image from: Model Governance