When William Gladstone established his Library, he wanted to ensure that anyone who would benefit from a period of study here should not be prevented from doing so by financial constraint.
Our scholarship programme goes some way to answering this need but we also offer bursaries which allow people to stay at the Library at a highly subsidised rate. This concession is aimed not just at students but is for anyone who would otherwise be unable to afford a period of study at the Library.
Gladstone's Library is indebted to the generosity of many benefactors who have endowed its scholarship programme. Applications are invited for scholarships in 2015. They must be received by 1 November 2014.
Scholarships are awarded for any period from a week or two weeks and include:
Please note that scholarships only cover use of the Library and the cost of dinner, bed and continental breakfast at Gladstone's Library. They do not cover the cost of travel to and from the Library or any extra charges incurred during your stay eg lunch, drinks, telephone calls. We also ask for a modest non-refundable administration fee (£25) payable on your acceptance of our scholarship offer.
To apply, please write to or email the Warden, Peter Francis, outlining your specific area of research, what you hope to achieve during your residency and why you are undertaking this research eg PhD, Masters, publication, sabbatical project, private study, Open University degree etc. Please give your preferred dates of study at the Library. Finally, attach a brief C.V. with the names of two academic referees.
When William Gladstone established his library, he wanted to ensure that anyone who would benefit from a residential period of study at Hawarden should not be prevented from doing so by financial constraint.
Our scholarship programme goes some way to answering this need but we also offer bursaries which allow people to stay at the Library at a highly subsidised rate if they are working on an academic project based on one of our core subjects or if they are members of the Society of Authors.
The bursary rate in 2014 is £37.50 per person per night for dinner, bed, continental breakfast and full use of the Library’s facilities. Accommodation is provided in one of our standard rooms (for an extra £15 per night you can upgrade to an en-suite room).
The following may apply for the Bursary Rate: Scholars of theology and religion, history and politics, nineteenth or contemporary culture or those who are members of the Society of Authors.
To apply for a bursary, please write to Peter Francis outlining:
your specific area of research
what you hope to achieve during your residency at the Library
why you are undertaking this research: eg PhD, Masters, publication, private study, Open University degree, sabbatical etc
your preferred dates of study at the Library
a brief C.V. with the names and addresses of two academic referees
If you fulfil the criteria you will be asked to pay a £25 non refundable, non-returnable administrative fee that enables you to use this subsidised rate for the rest of the calendar year .