ReIReS Scholarships

ReIReS offers International Scholarships in Religious Studies:

Scholars from any academic discipline are invited to apply for a scholarship to spend typically two weeks in one of 14 outstanding European research centres (libraries and archives) in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, and Italy to carry out their research project in historical religious studies.

ReIReS grants:

  • Free travel and accommodation.
  • Free access to physical and virtual sources under the guidance of experts.

Libraries and Archives which offer ReIReS Scholarships for Transnational Access

Please click on the links above for detailed information on the institutions and their holdings and the services of ReIReS.

All these centres and libraries hold relevant collections for the history of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and also Ancient and non European Religions. They grant access to their collections of manuscripts, rare books, documents and materials which allow research concerning religious studies and interreligious and interconfessional dialogue throughout history.

Call for Applications

Scholars from Europe and from countries associated to H2020 can apply for a scholarship to consult each of these special collections, libraries and archives (excluding those belonging to the user country) in order to develop innovative investigations in historical religious studies.

ReIReS grants to users the support for travel (standard economy airfare) and subsistence (accommodation). Users spent typically two weeks at the provider institution, meeting experts and scholars, the curator of the special collections, conservator and restorers.

Users of ReIReS transnational access take advantage in dealing with all these materials with the constant tutorial of experts of the host provider who are specialists in the research field for which access has been requested, and who assist and guide the use and interpretation of the data.

Users should aim to publish the results with a realistic timing and preferably in open access ISI or SCOPUS refereed journals that have substantial academic impact. Support of the EU as well the use of the ReIReS services must be clearly acknowledged in the academic publication realised using ReIReS’ transnational access.

ReIReS Invites Applications From:

1) scholars who develop a research project which involves the study of documents preserved in the provider institutions and need to have a direct access to these documents and materials to develop their researches or to complete their analysis;

2) experts in historical religious studies who, during the development of their research, need to integrate their knowledge with those available through the access to the materials preserved in transnational access providers;

3) curators of special collections and archives, who need to enlarge their knowledge in dealing with documents concerning historical religious studies to manage other collections of documents.


Each proposal submitted for ReIReS transnational access should aim to:

  • Increase the knowledge in a specific area of historical religious studies;
  • Strengthen the interdisciplinary approach within historical religious studies;
  • Foster international cooperation in developing research activities in the domain of historical religious studies.

A Peer Review Committee selects and ranks the submitted proposals according to rules, which are set to be consistent with the Grant Agreement of ReIReS. Within the selection and ranking procedure priority is given to:

  • Projects with a large and deep European impact;
  • Projects having a woman group leader or principal investigator, or the gender balance within the group members is to be fulfilled, or which include specific focus on gender issues;
  • Projects leaded by young scholars who aim to significantly improve their training in humanities and particularly in historical religious studies;
  • Projects proposed by users who belong to countries where no research infrastructure or research platform in historical religious studies exists;
  • Projects proposed by users who have no previous access to ReIReS transnational access or to the participant provider’s facilities;
  • Projects that require a strong integration between the access to special collections and the use of digital tools.

The selection and rankings are always made on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Research quality of the proposal;
  • Originality of the research activity;
  • Level of expertise of the potential user;
  • Potential innovation of the research project.

Time Slot for the Fifth Access Period

Starting October 2020, end date to be announced.


There will be calls for applications every six months until summer 2020.  The fifth and last call will be open June 15 – August 30, 2020: applications are now closed.


For questions concerning the holdings and services apply to the point of contact of the relevant facility.

For questions concerning the technicality of the submission procedure apply to:

Alexandra Nusser M. A.


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