Clements Library Research Fellowships

Deadline: 15 January 2016
Open to: graduate students, post-doctroral researchers and scholars with a keen interest in American history
Fellowship: varies according to the categories, USD 1,000 – 10,000

Description

The Clements Library research fellowships exist to help scholars gain access to the Library’s rich array of primary sources on early American history. On almost any aspect of the American experience from 1492 through 1900, the Clements holdings—books, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, prints and views, newspapers, photographs, ephemera—are among the best in the world. Since the Library’s opening in 1923, historians have published more than 600 noteworthy books based on the Clements collections. The potential for rewarding research at the Clements—on military history, gender and ethnicity, religion, the American Revolution, Native Americans, politics and government, slavery and antislavery, the Civil War, travel and exploration—is remarkably strong.

Eligibility

Graduate students, post-doctroral researchers and scholars with a keen interest in American history are eligible to apply.

Fellowship

The Clements Library offers research fellowships in the following categories for calendar year 2016:

Jacob M. Price Visiting Research Fellowships – Price Fellowships offer support for short-term research at the Clements Library by graduate students and junior faculty on any topic of American history that is supported by the collections. Grants are for USD 1,000 and require a minimum visit of one week.

Howard H. Peckham Fellowship on Revolutionary America – Established in honor of the Library’s second Director, the Peckham Fellowship supports research on American history between 1764 and 1783. The fellowship provides USD 10,000 for a project involving a residence of two months or more at the Library. This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications.

Reese Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas – Funded by the William Reese Company, this fellowship encourages research in the history of the book and other print formats, bibliography, and other aspects of print culture in America, including publishing and marketing, from the sixteenth century to 1900. Projects may investigate any printed genre (e.g. books, prints, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, published photographs, broadsides, maps, etc.). Support for work in manuscript collections will be limited to projects related to printed materials (e.g. annotations in books, publishers’ business archives, etc.). The Reese Fellowship provides USD 5,000 to support one month of in-residence study in the Clements Library collections. This is a post-doctoral fellowship requiring a completed Ph.D. or equivalent qualifications.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 15 January 2016. All applications must include following items:

  • Application form (pdf);
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than six pages;
  • Brief, two-page summary of the project, including the current status of your research. Please identify what Clements Library material you wish to consult;
  • Two letters of recommendation, to be sent directly to the Clements Library, from individuals who are familiar with your scholarly work.

Applications may be submitted by surface mail or via email [email protected] as one attachment. Please do not include images within the attachment. Please send completed hard-copy application materials to:

Research Fellowships
Clements Library
University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1190

For more information please visit the official website.

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