Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellowship Opportunities at the John Carter Brown Library

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January 15, 2016
Rhode Island, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Atlantic History / Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies

THE JOHN CARTER BROWN LIBRARY is an independently administered and funded center for advanced research in history and the humanities, founded in 1846 and located at Brown University since 1901. Housed within the Library’s walls is an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825. For 150 years the Library has served scholars from all over the United States and abroad. The Library offers fellowships, sponsors lectures and conferences, regularly mounts exhibitions for the public, and publishes catalogues, bibliographies, and other works that interpret its holdings to facilitate and encourage use of the collection

Interdisciplinary Cluster Fellows (ICFs): As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small interdisciplinary groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. Each scholar would receive a one-month fellowship and priority access to stay at the Fiering House Fellows’ residence. ICF applications are collective applications – one per cluster – and are due to the Library on January 15, 2016.

No reference letters are required for the ICFs, but a letter should be submitted to the Library, to the attention of Neil Safier, at The letter should include specific information on the intended project, the names of participants with their CVs, and the proposed date and length of time for coming to the JCB. The weekly stipend will be approximately $500 per person. Additional monies may be available to defray travel expenses, especially for those scholars coming from outside the US. Specific details will be assessed on a case by case basis once the proposals have been submitted.

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Thomas J. Sojka

Fellowship & Financial Coordinaor, John Carter Brown Library

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