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J B Harley Research Fellowships Trust

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The J.B. Harley Fellowships were set up in London in 1992 in memory of Professor Brian Harley (1932-91), founding co-editor of the History of Cartography Project and the leading theoretical thinker in the field.

The Harley Fellowships are prestigious as the only ones of their kind in Europe. Applications are invited from anyone pursuing advanced research in the history of cartography, irrespective of nationality, discipline or profession, who wishes to work in London and other parts of the United Kingdom. While independent of them, the fellowships are run in association with the four institutions in the London area that, together, hold the greatest number of early maps, namely: British Library, The National Archives (formerly Public Record Office), National Maritime Museum, and Royal Geographical Society.

The Trust’s income is used to award Fellowship weeks to help with costs associated with research in London and other parts of the UK. Between 1994 and 2009, 55 Fellows have been appointed from all over the world, each of whom has on average received grants of three Fellowship weeks. The Trustees are keen to build up the Trust so that more researchers can be helped in the future.

Further information, and details of how to apply for Fellowships, is available at

(Registered Charity Number: 1012583)


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