The Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe announces a new program to provide summer research fellowships to currently enrolled Ph.D. students in the humanities (Krieger School of Arts & Sciences; Institute for the History of Medicine; Peabody Institute DMA students) who are currently working on topics spanning the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods in Europe and European possessions abroad. Students who will use fellowships in support of the completion of the dissertation prospectus are especially encouraged to apply.
During the duration of the fellowship period, the selected 2016 Singleton Graduate Fellows must reside in the Baltimore/Washington D.C./Philadelphia area and demonstrate concentrated and productive use of original primary sources—rare books, manuscripts, and archives—in the collections of the Sheridan Libraries (MSEL, the George Peabody Library, the John Work Garrett Library at Evergreen), the Historical Collection of the Institute of the History of Medicine at JHU, in addition to other area repositories (the Walters Art Museum, Maryland Historical Society; the Library of Congress, Folger Shakespeare Library, the Art Research Library/CAVA at the National Gallery of Art; Library Company of Philadelphia, Van Pelt Rare Book & Manuscript Library at University of Pennsylvania, the Academy of Natural Sciences Library, the Chemical Heritage Foundation Library, &c.). Applications that demonstrate compelling cases for using extensive rare book and concentrated archival collections will be given the highest priority.
Several fellowships will be awarded at the level of $1,250 per month for a maximum of three months (i.e., 12 weeks), though eligible applicants may apply for shorter periods of funding as well, and may apply in multiple years until they have reached their maximum of three months of Baltimore-area library research funding. No Singleton Summer Fellow may hold any concurrent teaching positions, fellowships, or receive other forms of income from work performed during the fellowship period. Awarded fellows are generally expected to dedicate a minimum average of 25 hours per week of primary source research throughout the duration of the fellowship period. Please note that attendance will be monitored and stipends will be adjusted to reflect less concentrated research periods than were outlined in Fellows' original applications. Periods of work at other area institutions may be arranged in consultation with the designated Fellowship Director, and students will be required to demonstrate evidence of their work, culminating in a Fall 2016 panel presentation by each Fellow jointly sponsored by the Singleton Center and the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center in the Brody Learning Commons.
There is no application form. Please simply provide (1) an updated Curriculum vitae; (2) an official, up-to-date graduate school transcript; (3) a confidential letter of recommendation from a full-time faculty member within your academic department (preferably your primary faculty advisor); and (4) a project proposal no longer than three pages outlining your research topic and a clear description of the specific materials you plan to consult, as well as an explanation of how you expect those collections to support your current research, prospectus, dissertation, &c. Each proposal statement should be accompanied by an annotated bibliography of specific primary source collections and their locations, including specific titles of rare and unique materials that you intend to consult. The application due date for all materials, including you letter of support, will be March 15, 2016. No applications will be accepted after that date. Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Megan Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org. All other queries should be directed Dr. Earle Havens, the Fellowship Director, at email@example.com. Successful applicants will be notified in late March or early April.