For its 2020–2021 fellowship program, the Ransom Center will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.
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AVAILABLE FELLOWSHIPS INCLUDE:
ONE- TO THREE-MONTH FELLOWSHIPS
$3,500 PER MONTH*
One- to three-month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require extensive use of the Ransom Center’s collections.
Travel stipends are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less than one month’s use of the Center’s collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.
Dissertation fellowships are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require use of the Center’s collections.
* For all fellowship categories, an additional, one-time $500 stipend will be provided to individuals who are a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S. to contribute to the costs associated with the J-1 visa and/or international travel to Austin.
The Center gratefully acknowledges the principals of the endowments and annual sponsors that support these fellowships.
The fellowships are open to individuals of any nationality.
Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply after two full fellowship cycles have passed.
One- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends are open to individuals with a Ph.D. or with a substantial record of professional achievement, demonstrated on their curriculum vitae. If the Ph.D. is in progress at the time of application, the proposal and letters of recommendation must clearly indicate completion by June 1, 2020. Successful applicants must complete the Ph.D. by this date in order to accept the fellowship.
Dissertation fellowships are open to doctoral candidates engaged in dissertation research by the time of application.
A complete application consists of a three-page proposal and one or two letters of recommendation as outlined below. These materials must be uploaded to the Ransom Center’s online application system as PDF files by the application deadline. To begin your application for a 2020–2021 fellowship, create a fellowship account. Upon successful creation of your account, you will receive a fellowship account number, which you must use to submit your proposal, and which your referee(s) must use to submit the required letter(s) of recommendation. Please note that information cannot be revised once submitted. Previous applicants for Ransom Center fellowships must create a new account for 2020–2021, as accounts from previous years cannot be reused.
The proposal and required letter(s) of recommendation for 2020–2021 fellowship applications must be submitted through the Center’s online application system by November 11, 2019, 5 p.m. CST. An automated email will be sent to the applicant upon the successful submission of each item. Applicants are responsible for making sure that their referees meet the deadline and that all required materials have been submitted. Materials cannot be accepted after the deadline has passed.
Fellowship Guidelines (updated 2/2019)
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