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CERL Internship and Placement Grant


Every year, CERL offers Internship and Placement Grants, to the value of 1,000 Euros each, to allow qualified librarians and scholars to work on CERL projects in CERL libraries, or in CERL offices, and to be trained on CERL databases, generally for a period of one month.

In particular, CERL is looking to support people new to the profession, whether in librarianship or in academia, and to facilitate international mobility.

CERL member libraries propose projects suitable to the CERL Grant. The internship should normally take place within the period January-September.


1.Incunabula at the University of Groningen Library, The Netherlands – in person The University of Groningen Library was founded in 1615. It has a significant collection of medieval and early-modern books. These include 212 incunables. In 2021,51 of them were catalogued in MEI. The library seeks applications from suitably qualified individuals to continue the cataloguing of its incunables with material evidence in MEI. The University of Groningen Library will consider applications from those who wish to come to Groningen for one month (four working weeks). In addition to the CERL stipend of €1,000 to the successful candidate, our library will award a fellowship of €2,000 (i.e. a total of €3,000). The grantee will be supervised by Adrie van der Laan Curator of Special Collections University of Groningen Library

• basic knowledge of hand-press books • basic knowledge of analytical bibliography • basic knowledge of Latin and English

2.Incunabula at the Huntington Library, San Marino California – in person The Huntington Library—set among botanical gardens on a two-hundred-acre estate in San Marino, California—is one of the world’s great independent research libraries. With approximately eleven million items spanning the 11th to 21st centuries, The Huntington annually serves the research needs of over 1,800 readers from thirty different countries, who create a lively and diverse scholarly culture. The Library’s distinguished holdings include over 5,200 incunabula—the second-largest such collection in the United States. Assembled through a combination of discriminating individual selections and bold en-bloc purchases, the books cover the map of 15th-century printing. They are especially rich in Italian and German imprints but also include rarities from England and the Iberian Peninsula. The Huntington incunabula constitute one of the cornerstones of Bookbindings on Incunables: The Scott Husby Database at Princeton University, which revealed that nearly a quarter of the books retain contemporary bindings. The Huntington is offering a one-month internship to create records of its incunabula in the Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) database. The internship will be supervised by Stephen Tabor, Curator of Rare Books at the Huntington. With support from the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), The Huntington is offering a stipend of $3,500 for the month, with the intern bearing the travel cost from the funding. Non-U.S. nationals need to apply for a J-1 visa. The Huntington maintains an exchange visitor program through the United States Department of State and will assist interns with providing the appropriate paperwork.

• good knowledge of Latin • fluency in written English • palaeographical skills that can be specialized in a geo-cultural region and may influence the parts of the collection to be assigned • bibliographical training in rare books is preferred.

3.Working with the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) and Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) – remote The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue and the Material Evidence in Incunabula database both record and describe incunabula and are linked on several levels. Both databases use the same database to identify libraries that have incunabula in their collections: the Holdings database. In the ISTC datamodel, codes are used to link from the ISTC to the holdings database. At the moment, there are several libraries in the holdings database that do not have a code yet. One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work with Dr Karen Limper-Herz, British Library - to add codes and full library names to the holdings database - and, if time permits, work with the colleagues at the Data Conversion Group in Göttingen to add the codes to the ISTC.

• good English • some investigative skills (libraries may have changed names or been incorporated in a larger -structure, for example) • ability to work carefully and precisely

4.Working with the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) and Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) – remote The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue and the Material Evidence in Incunabula database both record and describe incunabula and are linked on several levels. However, as a result of the separate data gathering workflows, there are incunabula recorded in MEI that are not yet present in ISTC. One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work with Dr Karen Limper-Herz, British Library -to go through the MEI database to identify incunabula recorded in MEI and not in the ISTC -to add these to the ISTC

• basic knowledge of bibliographic descriptions of incunabula • good English • ability to work carefully and precisely

5.Marsh's Library, Dublin, Rare French printed ephemera, 1660-85 – in person Marsh's Library in Dublin (founded 1707) would like to appoint a CERL fellow to catalogue roughly 30 short pamphlets and single sheet items found within two bound volumes of manuscripts which trace the history of the Huguenots in the quarter of a century before the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The materials in these volumes were collected by the Huguenot scholar Abraham Tessereau. On his deathbed, Tessereau gave the volumes to the 1st Keeper of Marsh's Library for safe-keeping. Almost all of the ephemeral pieces in these volumes were produced on regional French presses in cities such as Rouen, Tour and La Rochelle. It is likely that some of them will be the sole surviving copy of the printed edition. We would like the recipient of the CERL fellowship to add the printed items and associated images to our online catalogue www.marshlibrary.ie/catalogue In addition to the standard CERL stipend, Marsh's Library will provide a top-up of €2,000 to the fellowship to help defray the costs of travelling to and staying in Dublin. The total value of the award will therefore be €3,000.

• knowledge of rare books • knowledge of French and English

6.Ossolineum Library, Wrocław, Poland Description of the provenance marks in the Provenance Digital Archive of CERL – in person One in-person internship of € 1,000 is offered to work on the CERL Provenance Digital Archive (PDA) in the Ossolineum Library, Wrocław, Poland. The CERL PDA is an online, free available resource where researchers and libraries can describe provenance marks. The aim of this internship is to expand the resource with provenance marks collected by MEI editors. The internship duration is one month. The Ossolineum Library offers free housing for the time of the internship. Requirements: knowledge of rare books, preferably knowledge of Latin. The grantee will be supervised by Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła, Head Collections Ossolineum and Chair of CERL’s Provenance Working Group, with the assistance of the coordinator of the CERL PDA, Marieke van Delft.

7.Working Group on Retrospective Bibliographies – remote In 2021, CERL created a Working Group which focusses on Retrospective Bibliographies (RBs). The aim is to create a detailed overview of RBs that record European printed materials, to investigate how CERL can make the most of the RB data from a variety of countries and regions that we already hold, and to encourage the European library community to record permanent identifiers in use by RBs in their own catalogue records as this will support linking. In the first year, we were able to gather detailed information on libraries in the East of Europe (see https://www.cerl.org/collaboration/work/retrospectivenationalbibliographies#list_of_retrospective_national_bibliographies_in_europe). We now invite you to gather detailed information for countries in the West of Europe. One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work with the RB Working Group on Western Europe and be supervised by Marian Lefferts. You will also be in regular communication with the members of the Working Group -to create an overview of existing retrospective bibliographies; to create a description of the RBs' approaches and their content (incl. a determination whether the RB covers the period 1450-1850 which is the focus of CERL); to create an overview of which of the RBs are in the Heritage of the Printed Book database; to work with the Working Group to turn information we have gathered into a database. • knowledge of rare books and bibliography • knowledge of English • not essential but a bonus: knowledge of datamodels

8.CERL website – remote The CERL website (www.cerl.org) is very information-rich. Over the years, CERL has organised many conferences, workshops and events – and has always created a separate web page with programme, power point slides and sometimes even recordings. While this information has therefore all be archived, it is not easy to find on the CERL website. The proposal is to go through the website, find all the relevant material and devise a better, more user-friendly way of presenting this information. One remote Internship of €1,000 is offered to work with Marian Lefferts on this task.

• You need to be able to read English fluently • You need to be able to communicate with Marian (either in English, Dutch or German, therefore) • You need to be able to work precisely and carefully

FOR STUDENTS OF UNIVERSITÀ CATTOLICA of MILAN Since 2019, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan funds a dedicated grant to allow a student from its institution who matches the indicated requirements to be selected for a CERL internship abroad, specifically to work on incunabula and MEI.


Your application should include a CV (maximum two pages) and a covering letter. This should outline preference of destination/project and your suitability for the internship, your reasons for the application, and the name of one referee who can be contacted by CERL. If the applicant is employed by an institution, the consent of the institution should be included. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed remotely. Deadline: 16 April 2023 Please email the application to c.dondi@cerl.org.

A grant can only be assigned once to the same person. Applications not selected but positively vetted will be notified that they can be put in again 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.


The CERL Grant Committee is very pleased to announce the conferment of six CERL Grants:

To catalogue in MEI the incunabula of Marsh's Library, Dublin, to Sara D’Amico, a cataloguer at the Biblioteca dell’Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Rome, with an Erasmus traineeship at the John Rylands Library in Manchester, and a MA in Library Science from “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

To catalogue in MEI incunabula from the collection of the Dukes of Arenberg, in Brussels, to Antonia Delle Fratte, an early career scholar with an internship at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana of Rome, and an MA in the History of Art (manuscript illumination and history of collections) from “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

To train in the use of MEI the incunabulists of the Biblioteca Nacional of Madrid to Elena Fogolin, CERL grantee 2018/19 to the Huntington Library in San Marino and a PhD student at the universities of Udine/Mainz.

To catalogue in MEI incunabula from the database ‘Medieval Libraries of Great Britain’ (MLGB3) to Vanessa Rossi, librarian at the Bruno Kessler Foundation, Trento, working on a digitization project; with a diploma in Archivistica, Paleografia e Diplomatica from the State Archive of Bolzano; and an MA in Euro-American Literature from the University of Trento.

To work with CERL’s Retrospective National Bibliographies Working Group to Dr Olga Tkachuk, Special collections librarian in the Early Printed Books Department, the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław (Poland); former Head of the Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Department at the National Museum in Lviv (Ukraine); with a PhD in Philology.

To work with CERL’s Security Network to Jordyn Anable, a Masters student in the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté’s Rare Books and Digital Humanities programme.

We received 17 applications from Germany (1), Greece (1), France (1), India (1), Ireland (1), Italy (8), Poland (1), UK (2), US (1). 12 early career scholars or librarianship students. 5 early career librarians. 14 female and 3 male applicants.


On 27 January 2021, a number of CERL Junior Fellows presented the research they did in the context of the CERL Grant Scheme and/or their current research. The programme, presentation slides and a link to the recording of the online session can be found here.

In 2020/21, we were not able to offer the grants.


Exceptionally, recipients of the 2019/20 grants were allowed to do their placement at a library in their own city or country. In on or two cases, when it was not possible to arrange even that, recipients of the grant planned to work from home on CERL databases: 1) Martyna Osuch (Special collections librarian in the Early Printed Books Department, University of Warsaw Library; PhD student, University of Warsaw (first year of Interdisciplinary Doctoral School). Cataloguing the incunabula of the Metropolitan Seminary Library in Warsaw into MEI. 2-3) Camilla Marangoni (Master’s degree in Archaeology and Art History, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan) and and Rosa Parlavecchia (Postdoctoral researcher at ICCU and contract professor of Printing History at the University of Salerno) Transferring data from the Catalogue of the Laurenziana Library of Florence into MEI. 4) Anna de Bruyn (PhD student at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands) Cataloguing the incunabula of Groningen UL into MEI.


The CERL Grant Committee is very pleased to announce the conferment of five CERL Grants:

1) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the University Library of Cambridge to Marianna Morreale, with a degree in Archival and Library Studies from the University of Rome, Italy, a Master in Museology and Cultural Heritage Management from the Catholic University of Milan, and internship experience (“Torno subito” from Regione Lazio) working on the digital provenance archive at the Marciana National Library, Venice.

2-3) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Huntington Library, San Marino to Martyna Grzesiak, a DPhil Student in Italian and Book History at the University of Oxford who is working on the distribution and use of the Bibles printed in Italian in the fifteenth century, and to Maria José Rucio Zamorano, Head of the Manuscripts and Incunabula Department of the National Library of Spain, Madrid, with expertise in Iberian incunabula. As Ms Rucio Zamorano was unable to go to the US, the grant was offered to Elena Fogolin, a graduate of the University of Udine with an Erasmus + at the Gutenberg Museum of Mainz.

4) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Beinecke Library, Yale, to Niamh Delaney, Assistant Librarian in the Special Collections Department of the University of Liverpool, with degrees from the University of Glasgow and St Andrews and a Master in Library and Information Studies from University College, London.

5) To work on CERL’s PDA in The Hague (Digital Humanities Grant) to Fabiano Cataldo de Azevedo, Professor of the Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where is part of the School of Librarianship and teaches History of the Book and Libraries. A member of IFLA's Rare Books and Special Collection Section, initially as a Corresponding Member (2014-2015) and later as a member of the Standing Committee (2015-2019). As Prof. Cataldo was unable to go to The Hague the grant was offered to Lucrezia Signorello, a graduate of Rome La Sapienza University with working experience at ICCU and other Rome libraries. In 2020 Lucrezia won a PhD position at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” to work on a project about the reconstruction of the library of the Augustinian convent of Santa Maria del Popolo (Rome) in the 16th century. Supervisor Valentina Sestini, co-supervisor Paolo Tinti.

The Huntington and Cambridge offered matching funds to secure longer internships.

The Beinecke offered a full grant and also invited last year’s grantees, Beatrice Alai and James Missons, to spend another period working with their incunabula collections.

We received 27 applications from Brazil (1), Hungary (2), Lithuania (2), Italy (15), Spain (2), UK (4), Poland (1). 4 Male and 23 female. 8 librarians or library trainees, 19 early career scholars or students.


25 February 2018: The CERL Grant Committee is very pleased to announce the conferment of four CERL Grants:

1) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at Cambridge University Library to Ester Peric, a Master student in Italian Philology and Book History from the University of Udine, Italy, with experience in archival documents and an Erasmus + in Manchester spent cataloguing incunabula at the John Rylands University Library. Peric gained a place in the four-year Doctorate programme 'Testi, Tradizioni e Culture del Libro. Studi italiani e romanzi' at the University of Naples (coord. Prof. Andrea Mazzucchi), starting Nov. 2019.

2) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at Edinburgh National Library to Krisztina Rábai, Assistant Professor in Medieval and Book History at the University of Szeged, Hungary, with experience in monastic library collections.

3) To catalogue the collection of incunabula at the Beinecke Library in Yale to Beatrice Alai, from Cesena, Italy, with degrees in History of Art and Palaeography from the University of Florence and Padua and currently on a postdoctoral fellowship in Berlin to work on the incunabula collection of the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin.

4) To James Misson, a DPhil student in English Literature from the University of Oxford, with experience in English Palaeography and in cataloguing in MEI incunabula from Oxford colleges.

The three hosting libraries offered matching funds to secure a longer internship. A report of their activities is available here.

25 applications were received from Australia (1), Austria (1), Canada (1), Hungary (1), Italy (12, 4 of which living abroad), Japan (1), Spain (1), Netherlands (3), New Zeland (1), UK (1), US (1), Poland (1).

8 Male and 17 female. 11 librarians or library trainees or students, 14 early career scholars.


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:

  • Ruben Celani (Italy)
  • Judit Kolumban (Romania)
  • Maria O'Shea (Ireland)

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.

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