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The Baker Street Irregulars Trust and the Lilly Library are now accepting applications for research fellowships for 2024

The BSI Trust Research Fellowships support research on various aspects of Sherlockian studies that require consultation of the BSI Archive at the Lilly Library. Two fellowships, funded by the BSI Trust, are awarded annually, for a period of up to one month of research, with a stipend of up to $2,500. 

These fellowships provide research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, college graduates, postdoctoral scholars, and independent researchers. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, the significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the BSI Archive. Fellowships must be used during the year which they are awarded.

The Baker Street Irregulars is a literary society dedicated to the study of Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Victorian world. Founded in 1934, the BSI is the oldest existing Sherlockian society in the world.

The Baker Street Irregulars Trust is part of the BSI and is the repository of the Irregulars’ collective memory. Established in 2003, the Trust’s mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical documents, correspondence, papers, photos, recordings, ephemera, and memorabilia relating to the BSI and its members and friends. The Lilly Library at Indiana University houses the BSI Archive, which is open for public use.

How to Apply for a Research Fellowship

The application process includes: 
1) Description of the proposed project (no longer than two double-spaced pages) 
2) A budget 
3) Current CV
4) Two letters of recommendation

Please ask your references to speak to the research proposal at hand. These fellowships are offered as reimbursement based on receipt documentation after completion of the research visit. 

Letters and other documents should be submitted via email to the chair of the BSI Trust at TrustChair@bakerstreetirregulars.com by September 15, 2023

Awards will be announced by November 1, 2023.

Sherlock Holmes in The Three Students, drawn by Sidney Paget
Sherlock Holmes in "The Three Students"