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Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

Victoria University in the University of Toronto


CRRS Non-Stipendiary Fellowships

The CRRS offers a limited number of non-stipendary fellowships to scholars who are visiting or reside in the Toronto area, and who wish to make sustained use of the Centre’s library and resources. Fellowships include membership in the Victoria University Senior Common Room and free access to other University of Toronto libraries. All fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the CRRS, thereby sharing their knowledge and research with other scholars and students.

The CRRS welcomes inquiries from individuals who are interested in holding their SSHRC or other postdoctoral fellowships at the Centre.

Who may apply

Eligibility is usually restricted to faculty and other individuals who have completed their graduate training.  In exceptional circumstances the CRRS will consider applications from ABD doctoral candidates.  Such applicants should contact the Assistant to the Director before making a formal application.

Application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year for CRRS Non-Stipendiary Fellowships (including Visiting Fellowships) is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Applications will be accepted subsequently, but will be evaluated in early December for the Winter semester, and in early April for the Summer semester.

Applications for CRRS non-stipendiary fellowships should include the following:

1) A current curriculum vitae

2) A covering email with the following: name; address; telephone; academic affiliation (if any); project title and whether it is intended for publication; period for which the fellowship status is required (CRRS fellowships are granted for a maximum of one year, but scholars may apply for renewal).

3) A brief description of the research project to be undertaken at the Centre and an account of the use it will make of CRRS holdings or resources (approx. 500 words)

4) Two letters of reference (please request that referees send letters directly to the CRRS; scans may be sent by email)


CRRS Fellows may reapply for a one-year renewal of their fellowship by submitting a covering email with a brief fellowship report (preferably one page) that outlines the progress made on the and any changes to it, as well as new developments anticipated in the next academic year. The second half of the report (which may require an additional page) should also detail use made of the CRRS library and other fellowship resources, participation in CRRS activities, and any publications or papers resulting from your fellowship at CRRS.

All applications should be submitted as a single .pdf file to; letters of reference may be addressed to the Director of the CRRS, Professor Ethan Matt Kavaler, and submitted electronically to and/or by mail to Natalie Oeltjen, Assistant to the Director, CRRS, 71 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  M5S 1K7.

Eisenbichler Fellowship

The Eisenbichler Fellowship is named in honour of Prof. Konrad Eisenbichler, a Renaissance scholar with a distinguished career and a desire to help others access the Centre’s community and resources.

The CRRS will normally grant two Eisenbichler Fellowships per year of $500 CAD each to scholars who have been granted CRRS fellowships and who are in need of financial assistance to cover travel costs to the Centre and/or living expenses while in residence.  This award is open to both fellows who have completed their PhDs and those who are ABD.

Scholars who wish to be considered for the Eisenbichler Fellowship should indicate this by completing an application for funding to be submitted with their fellowship application.  The Eisenbichler Fellowship application should include two documents: a letter indicating financial need and a brief budget.  Recipients of this award may use the funds to cover the following kinds of expenses generated by their visit to Toronto: travel, meals, and accommodations.  Original receipts must be submitted in order for a cheque to be issued.

Renaissance Society of America Fellowships

The Renaissance Society of America will be offering a short-term funded fellowship at the CRRS.  For more information on the RSA-CRRS fellowship, please visit our current opportunities section.