Special Collections


Research in the Vatican Film Library is supported by two fellowship programs:


Research fellowships are available for periods between two and eight weeks in length for projects utilizing the collections of the Vatican Film Library. Applications must demonstrate need to consult the manuscript resources of the library. Topics may include history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, science, etc., in addition to paleography, codicology, illumination, text editing, library history, and other subjects. Fellowships are open (regardless of nationality) to post-doctoral scholars and to doctoral candidates formally admitted to a Ph.D. program working on their dissertations. The fellowship provides the cost of air travel within the continental United States and a living allowance of $2250 per month. This fellowship is supported by the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Current and past fellows

Applications to the fellowship program should contain:

  • a cover letter specifying dates, duration, and title of research project
  • a project proposal of not more than 2–3 pages
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a list of manuscripts or other materials to be consulted and a select bibliography of materials relating to the subject
  • for doctoral candidates, a letter of recommendation from their advisor

Fellowships are awarded three times yearly. Completed applications should be submitted by the following deadlines:

  • March 1 for research in June to August
  • June 1 for research in September to December<
  • October 1 for research in January to May

Address applications and inquiries to:

  • Vatican Film Library Mellon Fellowship Program
    Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library
    Pius XII Memorial Library
    Saint Louis University
    3650 Lindell Boulevard
    St. Louis, Missouri 63108-3302

    Tel. 314-977-3090
    Fax 314-977-3108

Department of Special Collections, Pius XII Memorial Library, Saint Louis University 3650 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108

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