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Columbia University Libraries/Information Services invites applications from scholars and researchers to its annual program designed to facilitate access to Columbia’s special and distinctive collections, the Libraries Research Awards. (see: http://library.columbia.edu/about/awards/research-awards.html)
The Libraries will award ten (10) grants of $2,500 each on a competitive basis to researchers who can demonstrate a compelling need to consult Columbia University Libraries/Information Services holdings for their work. The award was established in 2011 and supports scholars and researchers who may benefit from access to Columbia’s special and unique collections. Participating Columbia libraries and collections include those located on the Morningside Heights campus:
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/avery.html)
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/burke.html)
Butler Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/butler.html)
Lehman Social Sciences Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/lehman.html)
Rare Book & Manuscript Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/rbml.html)
C. V. Starr East Asian Library (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/eastasian.html)
Global Studies Collections (http://library.columbia.edu/locations/global.html)
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs). Persons holding J-1 or F-1 exchange, student, or visitor visas are not eligible for this grant. Preference will be given to those applicants residing outside the greater New York metropolitan area who need to travel to New York City to conduct their research.
Applications will be accepted until February 29, 2016. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2016 for research conducted at Columbia during the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.
For more information and application materials, please visit the Libraries Research Awards page.
Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 12 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 21 libraries and various academic technology centers, including affiliates. The Libraries employs more than 450 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.
Since 1978, more than 200 advanced graduate students from dozens of universities across North America and Europe have received dissertation fellowships from the McNeil Center. At least eight new fellows will be appointed for the 2016-2017 academic year, most with stipends of at least $21,000. Fellows receive office space in the Center's magnificent building on the University of Pennsylvania's campus and library, computer, and other privileges at the University. Limited travel funds for research are also available. While no teaching is required for most fellowships, all McNeil Center fellows are expected to be in residence in Philadelphia during the academic year and to participate regularly in the Center's program of seminars and other activities.
Awards may be made in the following categories, depending on the qualifications of the applicants and the availability of funding. In a given year, appointments may not be made in all categories.
Nine-Month or One-Semester Fellowships
- MCEAS Barra Dissertation Fellowships are open to candidates from any discipline working on topic within the McNeil Center's area of interest.
- Barra Foundation Fellowship
The Barra Foundation Fellowship supports research related to art or material culture.
- Friends of the MCEAS Fellowships
Friends of the MCEAS Fellowships support research dealing with Philadelphia or the Mid-Atlantic region.
- MCEAS Consortium Fellowships are reserved for candidates from research universities that are members of the McNeil Center Consortium. (For more information about the Consortium, please visit www.mceas.org.)
- The Richard S. Dunn Fellowship, acknowledges excellence in Early American Studies.
- The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellowship in Early American Religious Studies is open to candidates in any discipline researching any aspect of religion in North America and the Atlantic world before 1850.
- Marguerite Bartlett Hamer Fellowships are awarded to advanced doctoral candidates from any relevant program at the University of Pennsylvania who meet the same rigorous standards as external candidates. Terms of appointment are determined by the School of Arts and Sciences.
- The Monticello-McNeil Fellowship, co-sponsored by the McNeil Center and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, facilitates scholarship on Thomas Jefferson and his times. Holders of this fellowship spend a portion of their fellowship term at the ICJS in Charlottesville, Virginia.
How to Apply
A single online application suffices (paper copies will not be accepted) for all dissertation fellowships. Categories and duration of awards are determined by the selection committee, but candidates interested in the Monticello-McNeil fellowship should state their interest clearly in their research proposals. The following will be completed by submitting your application online:
- A curriculum vitae
- A proposal not to exceed 1,500 words, double-spaced, describing the general scope of the project and the specific work proposed for the fellowship term
- An unpublished writing sample related to the project, not to exceed 7,500 words, double-spaced.
- Two letters of recommendation should be uploaded by your recommenders or they can email recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org Please ask recommenders to address the specifics of this application. Do not send generic letters from placement dossiers.
Fellowship applications and letters of recommendation can be uploaded by following the links on the fellowship page:
Questions can be directed to:
The McNeil Center for Early American Studies
University of Pennsylvania
3355 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531
The deadline for online applications is 1 February 2016.
The EDIS announces a fellowship award of $1,000 in support of graduate student scholarship on Emily Dickinson. The project need not be devoted solely to Dickinson, but her work should be a substantial focus. The award may be used for any expense incurred to advance the project. Preference will be given to applicants in the dissertation stage or writing a work aimed at publication. To apply, please send a cv, a cover letter, a 600-800 word project description, a brief bibliography, and contact information for two references to Eliza Richards at email@example.com. Applications are due by January 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by March 1. For more information, see www.emilydickinsoninternationalsociety.org
PhD students in English are invited to apply to Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for PhD students to study at the University of Oxford from 1 September 2016 – 31 August 2017.
Made possible by the generosity of Sir Walter Annenberg, the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship provides a stipend of £8,000 paid directly to the Scholar to support one year at Oxford. The Scholar will receive this stipend in two installments upon confirmation that s/he is registered as a non-degree student at Oxford. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship will also cover university fees for visiting non-degree students and health insurance for the Scholar, but not the costs of room and board, which should be paid out of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship stipend of £8,000. The Scholar may audit classes at Oxford, but will not be permitted to enroll in classes.
Applicants must submit the materials listed at http://www.upenn.edu/curf/fellowships/fellowships-directory/queen-elizabeth-scholarship no later than 30 January 2016. As part of their application, applicants are required to include written confirmation (a copy of an email is acceptable) from an Oxford faculty member that the faculty member agrees to supervise the candidate during their time at Oxford.
The University of Chicago Library invites applications for short-term research fellowships for the summer of 2016. Any visiting researcher, writer, or artist residing more than 100 miles from Chicago, and whose project requires on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, rare books, or other materials in the Special Collections Research Center, is eligible. Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program. Applications in the fields of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century physics or physical chemistry, or nineteenth-century classical opera, will receive special consideration.
Awards will be made based on the applicant's ability to complete the proposed on-site research successfully within the timeframe of the fellowship. Applicants should explain why the project cannot be conducted without on-site access to the original materials and the extent to which University of Chicago Library collections are central to the research. Up to $3,000 of support will be awarded to help cover estimated travel, living, and research expenses. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.
The deadline for applications is February 15, 2016. Notice of awards will be made by March 18, 2016, for use between June 1, 2016, and October 1, 2016.
Applicants must provide the following information:
- A cover letter (not to exceed one page) including the project title; a brief summary; estimated dates of on-site research; and a budget for travel, living, and research expenses during the period of on-site research
- A research proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages. Applicants should include references to specific archival finding aids and catalog records of particular relevance to their proposed project whenever possible.
- A curriculum vitae of no longer than two pages
- Two letters of support from academic or other scholars. References may be sent with the application or separately.
Submit application in one electronic file to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Letters of reference in electronic form are preferred; print letters of reference can be sent to:
Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships
Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library
1100 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
For additional information contact: Daniel Meyer, Director, Special Collections Research Center.
A list of last year’s Fellows may be viewed here: http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/about/platzmanfellowships.html
The deadline for applications for long-term fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society for the 2016-17 academic year is January 15, 2016. These fellowships are supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, through its Fellowship Program at Independent Research Institutions. Located in Worcester, MA, the American Antiquarian Society is an independent research library whose collections focus on materials printed in what is now the United States from European contact through 1876. Further information about the Society and its holdings are available here: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/collections.
These fellowships support scholars to be in continuous residence at the AAS for periods of four to twelve months, and can be used to support work on projects at any stage of completion, from earliest research to final writing. The fellowships offer a period of collegial interaction with other members of the Society’s community of research fellows and library staff, as well as an opportunity to conduct research in the AAS’s peerless collections of early American manuscripts, books, newspapers, and graphic arts materials.
The stipend for the AAS-NEH fellowships is $4200/month. For the 2016-17 academic year, the Antiquarian Society will be able to award 28 months of support. Additional information, along with a link to the online application form, is available at http://www.americanantiquarian.org/nehfellowship.htm.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Are Available for Summer 2016 and the 2016-17 Academic Year.
Applications for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 fellowships are due March 1, 2016.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
(1) Graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents AND who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study, OR
(2) Undergraduates who are US citizens or permanent residents AND who have declared a major by the application deadline AND who will study a FLAS language at the intermediate or advanced level during the fellowship summer or academic year.
FLAS awards may be used by students participating in official overseas language programs, and in very limited cases, for dissertators. Please see the FLAS FAQsection of our web site, or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator, for more information.
What are the Benefits for Penn Students?
- Graduate academic year FLAS Fellows will receive $18,000 toward tuition and a $15,000 stipend.
- Undergraduate academic year FLAS Fellows will receive $10,000 toward tuition and a $5,000 stipend.
- Summer FLAS Fellows will receive $5,000 toward tuition and a $2,500 stipend.
Academic Year Fellows: The successful applicant must enroll each semester of the Fellowship year in a FLAS-approved language and in full-time study in either area studies or professional studies related to the world area where the FLAS language is spoken. Undergraduates must enroll each semester in a language course at the intermediate level or higher.
Summer Fellows: The successful applicant must enroll in a formal domestic or overseas program of intensive language study during the summer. Students at the beginning (graduate only) and intermediate levels are expected to attend domestic or overseas programs offering a minimum of 140 contact hours of instruction, while advanced students may attend programs with fewer hours (but not less than 120).
Can I Use a FLAS Fellowship to Study Abroad?
YES! FLAS may be used at Penn or abroad, for:
- Domestic full-time language and area or international studies.
- Overseas full-time language and area or international studies.
- Domestic beginning, intermediate and advanced intensive language programs.
- Overseas intermediate and advanced intensive language programs.
Students may propose to use FLAS to study overseas at approved programs. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency. Graduate students may use an award for beginning level study abroad if an appropriate beginning language program in the student’s language is not available in the United States. Check with the relevant FLAS Coordinator at Penn to see whether your intended overseas language program is approved.
Application & Deadlines
For instructions on how to apply, please see the Application & Instructions page.
Applications for summer 2015 and academic year 2016-17 fellowships are due March 1, 2016
For More Information
About FLAS Fellowships
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program assists meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.
FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study. FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding. Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.
The Cary Graphic Arts Collection at Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a one-month research fellowship for the study of the history of graphic communication. The fellowship is open to scholars engaged with subject areas covered by the library’s holdings. Selected research collections include:
· Bernard C. Middleton Collection of Books on the History and Practice of Bookbinding
· The most substantial archive in America on the work of Hermann Zapf
· Type specimens, 18th century to the present
· Historical type (metal and wood) and matrices
· Private press printing: Doves Press, Golden Cockerel Press, Kelmscott Press, Klingspor, Limited Editions Club, Merrymount Press, Officina Bodoni, Roycroft Press, Spiral Press, and Vincent Fitzgerald & Co.
· The archive of book designer and calligrapher Ismar David
· The archive of calligrapher Paul Standard, including decades of correspondence with major 20th-century graphic artists
The Cary Collection short-term fellowship is for one month of study in residence at the library, with a stipend of $2,500 to cover travel and living expenses. The fellowship must be used within a year of the award.
Applications are due January 15, 2016. To apply, please mail or email a research proposal detailing your project, a CV, and two letters of recommendation to:
Dr. Steven K. Galbraith, Curator
RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Each year, the Friends of the Princeton University Library offer short-term Library Research Grants to promote scholarly use of the library’s research collections. Up to $3,500 is available per award.
Applications will be considered for scholarly use of archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique holdings of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, including Mudd Library; as well as rare books in Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, and in the East Asian Library (Gest Collection). Special grants are awarded in several areas: the Program in Hellenic Studies supports a limited number of library fellowships in Hellenic studies, and the Cotsen Children’s Library supports research in its collection on aspects of children’s books. The Maxwell Fund supports research on materials dealing with Portuguese-speaking cultures. The Sid Lapidus '59 Research Fund for Studies of the Age of Revolution and the Enlightenment in the Atlantic World covers work using materials pertinent to this topic.
For more information, or to apply, please go to http://rbsc.princeton.edu/friends-princeton-university-library-research-grants.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2016.
Bard Graduate Center invites applications for two one-year post-doctoral fellowships funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to help bridge the gap between the ways objects are studied by conservators and the ways they are approached by academics in the human sciences (Art History, History, Archaeology, Anthropology). These fellowships are available to individuals with a PhD or equivalent professional experience, and each of the appointed humanities-trained fellows will join a conservation team at a New York-area museum and work together on a joint project. The participating institutions are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Division.
The fellowship is part of “Cultures of Conservation,” an initiative designed to model a new graduate curriculum at Bard Graduate Center. The five years of the grant (2012-17) are seeing the development of new courses, new seminars, and new research and teaching positions, all of which aim to bring the knowledge created by conservators into the intellectual apparatus of graduate students and professors in the humanities. Candidates will be judged on the merits and scope of what they bring to the proposed research.
Applications should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement explaining the importance of this project to the candidate’s professional and intellectual development, sample publication (SASE), and three letters of recommendation. Applications should be emailed email@example.com. Materials may also be sent by post to: Mellon Fellowship Search Committee, c/o Dean Peter N. Miller, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, 38 W. 86th Street, New York, NY 10024.All application materials must be received by 15 December 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please direct questions to the Mellon Fellowship Search Committee via email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit http://cultures-of-conservation.wikis.bgc.bard.edu