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UB Libraries Special Collections Fellowships

The UB Humanities Institute, in collaboration with the UB Libraries, is offering two fellowships – the James Joyce Fellowship and the Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship – for visiting scholars and graduate students working on their dissertations to use the UB Libraries’ outstanding special collections, which include the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Music Library, the Polish Collection, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Follow this link to find out more about some of the more notable collections in the UB libraries: About the UB Library Collections

The fellowships provide stipends to cover the cost of fellows’ travel to Buffalo and accommodation and expenses during the time of their stay. In addition to the stipend, Fellows will receive library and parking privileges at UB and are invited to participate in any Humanities Institute events that occur during the time of their visit. If feasible, Fellows are invited to give one public lecture on their research. Fellows are also asked to submit a one page, single-spaced report on the value of having used the collection at UB that will be posted on the Humanities Institute website.

The timing and duration of the Fellows’ residence in Buffalo are flexible, though we would anticipate a minimum stay of two weeks. Both graduate students at an advanced stage of dissertation research and more senior scholars are invited to apply.

The James Joyce Fellowship

The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research is centered on the writings of James Joyce, Modernism, Joyce-related research, research on Sylvia Beach, Modernist publishers, Modernist genetic criticism, Joyce’s literary circle, his literary colleagues, or his influences.

The Charles D. Abbott Library Fellowship

The stipend is up to $4,000 for scholars and graduate students whose research would be enhanced by any of the books, manuscripts or unique documents in the UB Libraries special collections, which include materials from the Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare Books, the Polish Collection, the Music Library, and the History of Medicine Collection.

Please note that applicants may apply for only one fellowship per academic year.

Selection Criteria and Application Procedure

The deadline for applications for the 2017/2018 academic year is January 31, 2017. Applications must include the following in a single PDF file or portfolio:

  • Cover letter (please indicate which fellowship you are applying for);
  • Brief two- to three-page, single-spaced research proposal that identifies collections and materials to be used and includes length and approximate timing of proposed visit;
  • Current two- to three-page CV that indicates in detail previous and upcoming research support (grants, fellowships, leaves, etc.);
  • Budget for use of Fellowship funds;
  • Letter of support from department chair or dissertation director (this can be sent separately)

Fellows will be selected based on the relevance of UB’s special collections to the proposed project, the value of the project to the applicant’s field, and the qualifications of the applicant as indicated by research experience and other academic achievements.

Applicants must email all application materials as a single PDF file or portfolio by January 31, 2017 to the program administrator at huminst@buffalo.edu.

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