Decade of Centenaries

Laois Criteria – Historian in Residence 2020Laois Criteria – Historian in Residence 2020

Laois  County Council   seeks applications for the Historian-in –Residence  Grant Scheme 2020 as part of the Laois County Council Decade of Centenaries programme .  There is one grant of €10,000 available and the successful applicant will be required to work for 6   months (circa 20 hours per week) from July 2020 to December 2020. Due to COVID19 the candidate will be based remotely with some pre – scheduled meetings and booked  research visits to Laois County Council Local Studies Section.


Historian in Residence

The Historian in Residence should have a proven track record in historical research and publishing is desirable. A focus on the history of County Laois within the given period is essential. They should be familiar with the relevant local and national sources for the period. History topics and research covered in the project will generally focus on events within the Decade of Commemorations era . Utilising and promoting the collections of Laois County Library and Archive  Services will be a key component of the project. The intention is to create a legacy of research and/or cultural material for future generations.

As part of the brief for 2020  , the  Historian-in –Residence  will continue to  focus research the period of Laois history 1918-1923. During 2019 a specific subject area of Laois history was identified as a research area , which was the achievements and role of women in  Laois  over the last 100 years and how these women were to become  leaders in the area of education, heritage and women’s rights in Ireland . The 2020 residency will continue to research the lives and achievements of the women below in more detail which were identified as part of the 2019 residency.  They are  Helen Roe, Lucy Franks and Ann Jellico. The Historian-in –Residence  will continue to research and promote the achievements of these women which are not widely known and will  continue to compile an archive of research for a publication and for the County Library archives section.

Please note applications should be made by sending the above information as ONE single attachment (either in PDF or word format) incorporating all of the below required information:


  • An up-to-date CV , including the names and contact details of two professional references;

A written submission of interest which outlines approaches to the residency. (1,000 words maximum) to include examples of previous similar and relevant work the area of history .

Please send completed application form and a current CV marked ‘Historian in Residence’ by email to:

County Librarian Bernie Foran to

For further information:         Tel: 057-8594982        E-mail:

The deadline for completed applications is 4.30pm on Tuesday 21st of July 2020

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