The Centre Culturel Irlandais offers Fellowship bursaries to encourage research on its Old Library and Historical Archives collections.

The purpose of the Fellowships is to establish the intellectual and academic value of the holdings.

View the previous fellows →

The Old Library contains 8,000 volumes (from the 15th to the 19th century). Once the library of the Irish College when it was a seminary, the collection contains works of theology, history, philosophy etc.

More than 19,000 items are held in the Historical Archives, covering a period extending from the 14th to the 20th century. The main themes are daily life at the Irish College and the buildings which were owned by the Irish Community, the grant foundations, the religious community etc.

Online Catalogue of the Old Library →

Online Catalogue of the Historical Archives →

The areas of research are open, depending on the candidate's interests, and could focus on a historical subject, a period of time, an author, the manuscripts or printed items, the provenance of part of the collections, the bindings etc.

We are looking for an output which would add to our knowledge of the library or archives and to the information which we can put into the public domain.

Priority will be given to research subjects examining a corpus of references instead of one reference in particular. See below for the list of research conducted by previous fellows.


The result should be a substantial essay in English or in French (approx. 20,000 words), to be submitted within two months following the end of the fellowship.
Duration: 4 to 6 weeks between June and August
Grant: €1000 per month; accommodation and travel covered (subject to certain conditions).
Application period (in English or French): early November 2016 to January 30th 2017

Please send:

  • CV
  • Summary of your proposed research topic (500-1,000 words) + your preferred dates and duration (4, 5 or 6 weeks)
  • Bibliography of the items you plan to consult
  • Any additional relevant documentation

To: Carole Jacquet, Head of Libraries and Archives

Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais
75005 Paris, France

For any queries: 00 33 (0)1 58 52 10 33 or cjacquet@centreculturelirlandais.comundefined



Previous fellows pursued the following research:


  • Mathew Staunton: Visualising Irish History: the role of visual materials in the representation of the past and of national identity


  • Emmanuelle Chapron: Lire plume à la main : études des annotations manuscrites des ouvrages du fonds ancien du Centre Culturel Irlandais
  • Ian Campbell: Kingship in Ireland and France: the Old Library of the Irish College, Paris, and Hiberno-French politics in the 17th century


  • Frédéric Manzini: Robert Boyle chez les philosophes en France et en Europe au XVIIème siècle : diffusion et influence
  • Cormac Begadon: Belief and Devotion in a 19th century Irish Seminary: the evidence from the Irish College Paris Collections
  • Justin Dolan Stover: Student life, curriculum, and college administration: the Irish College, Paris, under le bureau gratuit, 1870-1918


  • Nienke Tjoelker: Irish Neo-Latin style and identity
  • Linda Kiernan: Gentlemen Scholars: Minding manners and polite society at the Irish College, Paris
  • Brid McGrath: Representative assemblies in Ireland and France in the early modern period
  • Rebecca Schwarz: John Toland’s Irish Philo-Semitism: A New Window on Christian-Jewish Relations
  • Emmanuelle Chapron: Bibliothèques décomposées : les livres des collèges d’Ancien Régime dans le fonds ancien du Centre Culturel Irlandais


  • Evie Monaghan: Early Modern Religious Controversy in the Centre Culturel Irlandais, the English College Collection
  • Tom Byrne: Argument in the archives: a microcosm of early modern confessional conflict in the Three Kingdoms and Europe within the collections of the Old Library of the Irish College Paris


  • Cécile Capot : Les livres des établissements religieux parisiens dans le fonds de la bibliothèque du Collège des Irlandais : étude des reliures et des provenances, XVIe- XVIIIe
  • Sean Alexander Smith : Les lazaristes et le Collège des Irlandais de Paris : trésors des archives


  • Sheila Walsh : Perspectives on Science and Geography in the Irish College
  • Darragh Gannon : Room with a view: reading Ireland in the Irish College Old Library, Paris c. 1870-1900


  • Brian Jackson : Tools of the Trade: Creating Controversy in Paris and London 1610-1655


  • Malcolm Walsby : Les recueils factices de la renaissance dans le fonds de la bibliothèque du Centre Culturel Irlandais

  • Paul O’Brien : ‘Servants of the church, beneficiaries of a bishop’: The administration of the Walsh Fondation at the Irish College, Paris, c.1825-1922

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Digitised books

Digitised books

Have a look at the treasures of the Old Library, three beautiful illuminated manuscripts, as well as the 100 other digitised manuscripts and printed books.

Consult the Catalogue

Consult the Catalogue

Use the online catalogue to search for available resources in the Médiathèque and the Old Library.