Harry Ransom Center Announces Application Process for Research Fellowships

Oct. 15, 2007

AUSTIN, Texas—The application process has begun for the 2008-09 research fellowships sponsored by the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2008. Information about the fellowships and the application process is available online.

About 50 fellowships are awarded annually by the Ransom Center to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities. Priority is given to proposals that concentrate on the Center's collections and that require substantial on-site use of them.

All applicants, with the exception of those interested in dissertation fellowships, must be post-doctorates or possess an equivalent terminal degree or a substantial record of scholarly achievement. Independent scholars are encouraged to apply.

A single application is required for consideration for all of the Center's fellowships. Because the Center matches scholars with appropriate fellowships, applicants do not need to specify a particular fellowship in which they are interested.

Each year the fellowship program establishes a special topic. A small number of fellowships in this year's competition will be dedicated to proposals which focus on integrating and finding points of convergence between the literary and visual collections.

The fellowships range from one month to two to four months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,000 to $1,500 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend.

Information about the Ransom Center collections can be found online or in "Guide to the Collections" (2003), which may be purchased online.

The stipends are funded by individual donors and organizations, including the Ransom Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hobby Family Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, South Central Modern Language Association and The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies.

Awards will be announced by letter on or before April 15, 2008.

For more information contact: Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Ransom Center, 512-471-8949.