When Eileen Curran, Emerita Professor of English at Colby College, died in 2013, she left the bulk of her estate to the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP), an active and intensely collegial group with which she had been involved for over 40 years. Professor Curran helped pioneer the study of the vast and intricate world of 19th-century periodicals and newspapers, and the funds she left to RSVP are intended to support research in this rapidly expanding field. Those funds, to everyone's astonishment, turned out to amount to some 2 million dollars.
Now, after extensive planning, RSVP is ready to begin to follow through on Eileen Curran's vision with two major fellowships whose applications are due on Feb. 1: the RSVP Linda H. Peterson Fellowship, and the RSVP Field Development Grant. The RSVP Linda H. Peterson Fellowship will award $17,500 to help support a scholar for the equivalent of four months in order to enable research on any aspect of the British periodical or newspaper press during the long 19th century (ca. 1780-1914). Details of the fellowship and procedures for applying can be found on the RSVP website: http://rs4vp.org/peterson-fellowship/. Please direct any questions to PetersonFellowship@rs4vp.org.
The RSVP Field Development Grant will be awarded to a single researcher or a team of researches to support the development of resources that will facilitate the research of other scholars in the field. The amount of the award will be up to $27,500. Details of the fellowship and procedures for applying can be found on the RSVP website: http://rs4vp.org/rsvp-field-development-grant/. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.