James Ford Bell Library

James Ford Bell Library Research Fellowships

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The James Ford Bell Library offers three short-term fellowships to facilitate research in its premier collection of rare books, maps, manuscripts, and archival collections documenting the history and impact of international trade prior to ca. 1800. The Bell Library Short-Term Fellowship, The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Fellowship, and The William Reese Company Fellowship in the Print Culture of the Americas. All fellowships use the same application process and evaluation criteria. Specific eligibility criteria are listed below in the fellowship descriptions.

The Bell Library Short-Term Fellowship

Description:

For 2015, one fellowship will be awarded to a visiting scholar from outside Minnesota; the stipend of $1,000 will be awarded to defray costs of travel, room and board, digital scans, and other expenses related to research in our collection. There are no subject restrictions to this fellowship; any topic for which materials can be found in the Bell collection is eligible.

Requirements:

The fellowship is open to all scholars, including independent scholars, who have been awarded a Ph.D. prior to the application deadline. Current Minnesota residents are ineligible. A minimum residency of two weeks is required. The final research product (e.g., journal article, book, documentary film, etc.) must acknowledge the Library's support and be deposited with the University Libraries. A brief report on your research must be submitted within 30 days of completion of your residency.



NEW THIS YEAR: The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference Fellowship

Description

This fellowship for PhD candidates or post-doctoral scholars living outside Minnesota offers up to two-months support for work in residence at the James Ford Bell Library. The stipend of up to $5,000 is awarded to defray costs of travel, room and board, digital scans, and other expenses related to research in our collection. There are no subject restrictions to this fellowship; any topic for which materials can be found in the Bell collection is eligible.

Requirements:

This fellowship is restricted to members in good standing of the SCSC at the time of application and through the period of the fellowship. Current Minnesota residents are ineligible. The final research product (e.g., journal article, book, documentary film, etc.) must acknowledge the Library's and the Fellowship's support and be deposited with the University of Minnesota Libraries. A brief report on your research must be submitted to the Library within 30 days of completion of your residency.



The William Reese Company Fellowship

Description:

One award of $2,500 is given each year to a scholar interested in researching any topic in the Bell collection related to print culture in any part of the Western Hemisphere, or in investigating the history of the book in the Americas. Projects may investigate any printed genre (e.g., books, prints, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, illustrations intended for publication, broadsides, etc.). They may address any issues of ownership, readership, or use of printed materials or be purely bibliographical. Subject areas might include religion, popular culture, political life, science, music, or specialized forms of printing. Support for work in manuscript collections will be limited to projects related to printed materials (e.g. annotations in books, publishers' business archives, personal papers related to publication or readership). This fellowship is not intended to support the editing of an author's papers. The stipend will be awarded to defray costs of travel, room and board, digital scans, and other expenses related to research in our collection.

Requirements:

This fellowship is open to all researchers who have an MA, MLIS, or an equivalent or higher degree or have been accepted as a Ph.D. candidate at the time of application. An academic affiliation is not required, but the project must be intended for publication or to complete the requirements for a Ph.D. or its equivalent. Current Minnesota residents are ineligible. A minimum residency of one month is required. The final research project (dissertation, journal article, book) must acknowledge support from the William Reese Company Fellowship at the James Ford Bell Library, and be deposited with the University Libraries. A brief report on your research must be submitted within 30 days of completion of your residency to the James Ford Bell Library; it will be shared with the William Reese Company.

Application Information

Research period:July 1, 2015 through June 20, 2016.
Application deadline: March 1, 2015 EXTENDED TO JUNE 1, 2015;
There is no formal application form. To apply, please submit:

  • A letter of application
  • A curriculum vitae of no more than 5 pages
  • A one- to two-page description of your research project that includes how research in the Bell Library collection will advance the project and your intended length of stay
  • A one-page budget that details total costs for the research trip to the Bell Library in Minneapolis
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty adviser, department chair, or professional colleague who can attest to the quality of your work. Letter writers should submit recommendations directly to the Bell Library


IMPORTANT: Submission to these fellowships grants the University of Minnesota and other sponsors the right to announce you as the recipient of the award in their promotional literature and on their Web sites.


Application materials should be submitted to: Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, Curator, Attn: Fellowship Applications (if submitting by e-mail this should be the subject line], James Ford Bell Library, University of Minnesota, 309-19th Avenue S, 472 OMWL, Minneapolis, MN 55455. By e-mail to: ragn0001@umn.edu


Contact Dr. Ragnow with questions at ragn0001@umn.edu or 612-624-6895.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Project must be relevant to the Bell collection
  • Project description articulates well why the collection is necessary for the project
  • Project is well defined, with clearly articulated goals and outcome
  • Project represents original research and demonstrates originality/creativity
  • Budget is complete and clear

Note: Research during visit must be based primarily in the Bell collection.


2011 Fellowship Recipient
2012 Fellowship Recipients

Also available for research in the Bell Library:
The Elmer L. Andersen Scholars Program



Awards for Research at All Levels

Carol Urness Student Writing Award

Society for the History of Discoveries Prize

The Ristow Prize: Washington Map Society

American Historical Association

American Printing History Association

American Library Association


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