Short-Term Research Fellowship in Special Collections, Georgetown University

David Collins, S.J.'s picture
December 15, 2022
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Humanities, Local History, Religious Studies and Theology, Slavery

 The Hilltop Short-term Fellowships for Individual Research in Catholic Studies at Georgetown University

The Hilltop Short-Term Fellowships provide opportunities for individuals who have a specific need for the Special Collections at Georgetown University’s Lauinger Library to advance a significant scholarly project in disciplines associated with Catholic Studies, broadly conceived.

PhD candidates and scholars with advanced degrees who live and work outside of the Washington metropolitan area are eligible to apply. The fellowships are available for one month with a stipend of $3,000. 

The library’s collections are especially suitable for studies of Catholicism in the U.S. colonial and early national periods, as well as of Jesuit activity from the colonial period to the present in North America. Projects that focus on American Indian, African American, and women's histories are especially welcome. 

Major components of the university’s Special Collections (the first two of which constitute the heart of the Jesuit/Georgetown “slavery archives”) include:

  • Georgetown University Archives (eighteenth century to the present)
  • Maryland Province (Jesuit) Archives (seventeenth century to the present)
  • Woodstock (Jesuit) Theological Library Collection

 Among the other collections: 

  • America magazine archives
  • John Gilmary Shea library and papers

And there are numerous collected papers, including those of 

  • Jesuits from John Carroll to John LaFarge, from John Courtney Murray and Gustave Weigel to Edmund Walsh and Horace McKenna
  • Leading figures in 20th-century Catholic scholarship and  public life including, journalist and photographer Anna Brady, theologian Monika K. Hellwig, novelist Sr. Alma Regina, and navigator Michael Richey
  • Literary figures, including the Kilmer Family, Seumas MacManus, Theodore Maynard, Sister Miriam RSM, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, Christopher Sykes, Catherine Walston, et al.

This list is not exhaustive. Applicants are directed to the website of the Booth Family Center for Special Collections, which includes multiple finders’ guides; and to the fellowship webpage for more information:  

Contact Info: 

Prof. David J. Collins, S.J., Ph.D.

Haub Director of Catholic Studies

Georgetown University

Washington, DC 20057