ANN: Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship, Library of Congress

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ANN: Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship, Library of Congress

by Mary PEDLEY

The next competition period for the Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship in Cartography at the Library of Congress is now open. This year we are offering two fellowships for a period of up to eight weeks each. The winners will each receive $11,500 for the fellowship, with the possibility of an additional $2000 for a lecture based on their research at the Library. Project submissions can range across the entire spectrum of cartographic practice, from historical studies to modern GIS, as long as the project makes intense use of the collections of the Geography and Map Division. There are no degree requirements for applicants, but candidates must have a history of successful accomplishment in the field of geography, cartography, history, digital humanities, or GIS,  and have a record of publication commensurate with a senior fellowship of this kind.

Last year’s fellow, Professor Ernesto Capello, from Macalaster College, completed his tenure at the Library a few weeks ago and spent his time in the collections doing research for his forthcoming monograph, Mapping Mountain: a history of relief representation. Along with the rare maps at the Library, Professor Capello also made use of many collections, including the Mylon Merriam Collection of relief mapping and the Hal Shelton Collection. We are looking forward to welcoming Professor Capello back for a lecture on his research in the near future.

Interested applicants will find details about the fellowship, application requirements, and an online application form at the John W. Kluge Center website for the fellowship at:

The deadline for completed submission packets is April 15, 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to email John Hessler at  or the staff at the Kluge Center at


Mary Pedley (Clements Library, University of Michigan), member, Phillips Society