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Call for Applications: RSVP 8th Annual Curran Fellowships for Research on the 19th-century British Press (11/1/2015)

logo-punch-crowd-90dpiThe Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the competition for the eighth annual Curran Fellowships, a set of travel and research grants intended to aid scholars studying 19th-century British magazines and newspapers in making use of primary print and archival sources. The Curran  Fellowships are made possible through the generosity of the late Eileen Curran, Professor Emerita of English, Colby College, and inspired by her pioneering research on Victorian periodicals. This year, up to five prizes will be awarded in amounts of up to $4000 each.

The projected research may involve study of any aspects of the periodical press in any of its manifold forms, and may range from within Britain itself to the many countries, within and outside of the Empire, where British magazines and newspapers were bought, sold, and read during “the long nineteenth century” (ca. 1780-1914). Applicants should explain how their research will help to advance our understanding of the 19th-century press.

Applications for the Curran Fellowships for research to be undertaken in 2016 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to curranfellowship@rs4vp.org by November 1, 2015. Applicants should send a c.v., the names and contact information of two scholars who are familiar with the applicant and his or her research goals, and a description of the project to which these funds would be applied. Please begin the filename of your application with your last name. Any queries about the application may be sent to the same address. A set of additional guidelines for applicants may be found at http://www.rs4vp.org/curran_fellowship_guidelines.pdf

Applicants will be notified early in the new year. Successful applicants will be required to submit a brief report to RSVP at the conclusion of the funded portion of their project, describing the results of their research, and are asked to acknowledge the fellowship in any published work based on that research.

The full call for applications, as well as reports by past winners, may be found at http://rs4vp.org/curran-fellowship/

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is an interdisciplinary and international society of scholars devoted to exploring the 19th-century periodical press, both magazines and newspapers. To learn more about RSVP, visit http://www.rs4vp.org

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