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Library of Congress Grant Programs

The Library of Congress offers a number of competitive grant programs to support research in the Library’s collections in Washington, DC. Some of these programs are limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents; others are open to scholars worldwide. The calendar below lists current support programs by their deadline dates.

September 30, 2001 (deadline extended)

Kluge Center Fellowships are residential postdoctoral fellowships open to qualified scholars worldwide. They support research in the humanities and social sciences which utilize collections in the Library of Congress. Grants of $3,500 per month are made for periods between 6 to 12 months duration. Eligibility criteria include the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, and applicants must normally be within 7 years of the awarding of the degree.

October 1, 2001

The Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations was established at the Library of Congress by friends and admirers of the former Secretary of State. The Kissinger Chair is a distinguished senior research position, in residence at the Library of Congress for a period of 9 months to one year. Supported by a grant of $135,000, the Kissinger scholar is engaged in research related to American foreign policy, that will lead to publication. Eligibility criteria include the Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree and a substantial record of scholarly activity.

November 1, 2001

Library of Congress International Fellows program is a residential, postdoctoral fellowship supporting research in the non-English language collections of the Library of Congress. Fellowships are funded at $3,500 per month, for 4 – 9 months duration and are administered by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Library of Congress. Fellowships supported by the Mellon Foundation and Association of American Universities focus on Area Studies collections with no topical restrictions. Fellowships supported by the Luce Foundation focus on research in the East and Southeast Asian languages. Eligibility criteria for all fellowships include American citizenship or permanent residence status, and the Ph.D. degree. Applicants must be within 7 years of the awarding of the degree.

November 1, 2001 (continued)

Library of Congress Rockefeller Fellows in Islamic Studies program is a residential, postdoctoral fellowship supporting research in the humanities on globalization and Muslim societies, using the resources of the Library of Congress. Particularly welcome are historical and cross disciplinary studies of the way intellectual issues, which have arisen in response to globalization, are treated in Muslim societies. The program is open to scholars worldwide who hold the Ph.D. degree. Appointments are from 5 – 10 months in duration, supported by a grant of $3,500 per month.

January 15, 2002

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship is a program jointly administered by the American Historical Association and the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. This postdoctoral fellowship supports one semester of research in the collections of the Library of Congress by scholars in history at an early stage in their careers, with special focus on any area of American history as long as the collections of the Library of Congress offer unique research materials. The appointment is for 3 – 9 months in residence, with a grant of $10,000 for the term of tenure. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent and be within 5 years of the awarding of the degree.

February 15, 2002

The Swann Fellowship in Caricature and Cartoon is a program administered by the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. This fellowship offers a grant of $15,000 for the term of appointment, supporting research into caricature and cartoon art with no limitation regarding place or time period. The fellow must be in residence at least 2 weeks during the award period and deliver a public lecture on work in progress. Eligibility criteria include M.A. or Ph.D. candidacy in a university in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. The applicant must be working toward completion of the degree or be engaged in postgraduate research within 3 years of the M.A. or Ph.D. degree.

Application materials

Kluge Fellows, Kissinger Chair, LC International Fellows, and Rockefeller Fellows application materials include an application form, curriculum vitae, research proposal (maximum 3 type-written pages), summary of research proposal (single page), and 3 letters of reference. Application materials for Jameson Fellows include a curriculum vitae, research proposal (maximum 3 type-written pages), tentative schedule for residence, and 3 letters of reference. For Swann Fellows, application materials include an application form, résumé, project description (maximum 5 pages) including project timetable, transcript(s) for graduate work to date, a sample of writing pertinent to the project (e.g. chapter, article or paper), and 3 letters of reference.

Contact information

General: Office of Scholarly Programs, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4860; phone: (202) 707-3302; fax: (202) 707-3595; email: scholarly@loc.gov. Web: www.loc.gov/kluge. Additional information for LC International Fellows may be obtained from the American Council of Learned Societies, Office of Fellowships and Grants, 228 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017-3398; fax: (212) 949-8058; email: grants@acls.org Web: www.acls.org. For the Jameson Fellows additional information may be obtained from the American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Web: www.theaha.org/prizes/Jameson_fellowship.htm. For the Swann Fellows further information may be obtained from the Prints and Photographs Division, Swann Foundation Fund, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4730. Web: www.loc.gov/rr/prints/swann/swann_foundation.html

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