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Fellowships: Curran Fellowships for Research on the 19th-Century British Press (12/1/2016)

rsvpCurran Fellowships for Research on the 19th-Century British Press

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the competition for the ninth 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, RSVP anticipates making at least six awards. Applicants may request amounts up to $5000; the Curran Fellowships Committee may choose partial funding of successful applications.

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, and provide a budget for the amount requested.

Applications for the Curran Fellowships for research to be undertaken in 2017 must be submitted in electronic form and sent to curranfellowship@rs4vp.org by December 1, 2016. Applicants should send a c.v. and a description of the project to which these funds would be applied. They should also ask a scholar who is familiar with their project to send a letter of support to the same address by December 11. Please submit the application and c.v. as a single PDF and begin the filename with your last name. Any queries about the application may be sent to the above address. The full set of guidelines and instructions for applicants, as well as reports of previous winners, may be found on the RSVP website under "Curran Fellowships."

Applicants will be notified by February 1, 2017. 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 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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