More than 50 Fellowships Awarded by the Harry Ransom Center

May 23, 2008

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded more than 50 research fellowships for 2008-09. These fellowships support research projects requiring substantial use of the Center's collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art and performing arts materials.

Reading room at the Ransom Center

The Reading Room at the Ransom Center.

Scholars from 17 states and nine countries will use Ransom Center materials to research projects with such diverse titles as "Julian Barnes: A Mixture of Genres," "Terence McNally: The Early Plays" and "Tradition and the Individual Talents: Dylan, Eliot, and DeLillo."

"Support of scholarly research is one of the primary goals of the Ransom Center," said Director Thomas F. Staley. "With what has become one of the largest fellowship programs of its kind, we encourage scholars from around the world to make new discoveries about the writers and artists who have shaped our culture."

The fellowships range from one to four months in duration, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Separate travel stipends and dissertation fellowships were also awarded.

All fellows, with the exception of those selected for dissertation fellowships, are post-doctorates or possess an equivalent terminal degree or a substantial record of scholarly achievement.

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

A list of recipients, their affiliation and their research topics can be found at www.hrc.utexas.edu/fellowships08.

Read about some of the research of past Ransom Center fellows:

For more information, contact: Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512 471 8949;  Alicia Dietrich, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512-232-3667; Danielle Sigler, 512-232-5170; Bridget Gayle, 512-232-3214.