Research conducted by humanities scholars contributes to a dynamic body of knowledge that has the potential to reshape our understanding of archival collections — what is preserved and valued in our communities. The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin fosters a supportive environment so that researchers may explore, examine, critique, and better understand the cultural works in its collections from a historical context. After a two-year hiatus, the center is thrilled to be awarding 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 60 postdoctoral fellowships for its 2023–24 program. Applications are open now.

Fellowships from one to three months are offered for research projects that require substantial on-site use of collections that span a variety of disciplines. Covering all areas of the humanities, these projects might include scholarly articles or monographs, dissertations, creative work, digital humanities, performance-based research, exhibition proposals, research-based syllabi to grow student research, or collaborative research.

One- to three-month fellowships come with $3,500 per month and are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require in-person engagement with the center’s holdings. Travel stipends of up to $2,000 are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month’s use of the center’s collections. $2,000 dissertation fellowships are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the center’s collections.

The Harry Ransom Center fellowship program was established in 1989 under the directorship of Thomas F. Staley to give scholars the financial means and resources for on-site exploration of the Ransom Center’s collections for academic research. The extensive collections include (but are not limited to) literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. Currently, we would like to expand our applicant base in the field of photography.

Applications are due by 5pm (CST) on November 14, 2022.

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