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SCUA offers several fellowship opportunities to support scholars wishing to conduct research in our collections. SCUA Fellows receive a stipend of $2,500, with a travel allowance of up to an additional $500 depending on need. Fellows are expected to spend a total of one month in residence during the period of the fellowship year: June 1 through May 31.

Application process:

SCUA uses a single application process for all fellowship programs, with applications accepted online only. A complete applicant’s packet will include:

  • A brief biographical statement of not more than 350 words with a description of your larger research agenda to be used for publicity purposes.
  • An overview of the proposed project not to exceed three pages.
  • A current resume or CV.
  • One confidential letter of reference.

Selection process:

Fellows will be selected according to the scholarly merit of their proposal as judged by the committee of reviewers; demonstrated need to use SCUA’s holdings; and fit to the particular fellowship program.

Application deadline:

First Friday in March of each year. This year’s deadline will be March 6, 2020. Awards will be announced April 1.

2020 FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION

Fellowship Programs

Du Bois Research Fellowship

The Du Bois research fellowships are now managed by our partner, the W. E. B. Du Bois Center. You can find information about this program and application materials on the Du Bois Center’s website. The application requirements and timeline described above might not apply to this fellowship program.

Brother David Steindl-Rast Fellowship

Scope: To support research that engages with the spiritual dimensions of social change.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD), however, we strongly encourage independent scholars and those outside academia to apply.

John William Bennet Fellowship

Scope: To support research and writing in the history of labor, work, and industry, honoring the legacy of labor historian and activist John William Bennett.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD) but we are open to proposals by labor historians without academic affiliation.

Kenneth R. Feinberg Fellowship (two will be awarded)

Scope: To support research that touches on the theme of the value of human life or that otherwise resonates with the legacy of Kenneth R. Feinberg.

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD).

Esperantic Studies Foundation Fellowship

Scope: To support research in the history and culture of planned languages, with a strong emphasis on Esperanto and the Esperanto movement

Eligibility: Graduate students and early career professionals (within five years of receipt of a PhD).

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