Research Fellowships in the Humanities
The Harry Ransom Center annually awards over 50 fellowships to support projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.
The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month. Also available are $1,200 to $1,700 travel stipends and dissertation fellowships with a $1,500 stipend. The stipends are funded by individual donors and organizations, including the Ransom Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hobby Family Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies.
Please note that the application deadline for the 2013-2014 Research Fellowships has passed. Decisions will be announced by email on or before April 1, 2013. Application instructions for 2014-2015 will be posted in the summer.
Fellowship Guidelines (PDF)
Fellows on Fellowships: Video Interviews
Since the inception of its fellowship program in 1990, the Ransom Center has hosted more than 500 scholars as fellows. Awarded annually by the Ransom Center, the research fellowships in the humanities support projects that concentrate on the Center's collections.
Listen to recent fellows discuss their research, explain the process of working with primary source materials, and describe the benefits of having access to such materials.
Research at the Ransom Center
– Colin Tait: Robert De Niro's Method: Acting, Authorship, and Agency in the New Hollywood (1967–1980)
– Alison McClean: The Lost Murals of John Hastings
– Erik Tonning: Modernism and Christianity in the Collections
– Samantha Pinto: Africa and the Archive: Researching the Transcription Centre
– Albert J. Devlin: Tennessee Williams
– Katherine Slusher: David Douglas Duncan: Journeys to the Muslim World, 1946-1956
– Raymond-Jean Frontain: Terrence McNally's Connections
– Selina Hastings: Walpole and Maugham: An Uneasy Friendship
– Carolyn D. Roark: Death and the Puppet
– François Gallix: Graham Greene's Revisions in The Power and the Glory
– Allan Hepburn: War in the Archives: Elizabeth Bowen
– Philip Davis: Bernard Malamud Biography Draws on Ransom Center Materials
– Sally Cline: Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett: Treasures in the Archives
– Bradley D. Clissold: A Postcard For Your Thoughts
– Ira B. Nadel: Miss Universe, Mr. Uris, and The Archive
There is a long history of celebrated works that resulted from research conducted in the Ransom Center's collections. Some recent publications follow.
Fellows on the Blog
– Margaret Denney: Women behind the camera in and beyond the studio
– Armando Chávez-Rivera: When Knopf Inc. published a master work by Fernando Ortiz: A strange hurricane
– John K. Young: "How to Revise a True War Story"
– Mary Holland: Scholar explores varied creative processes in David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo archives
– Ileana Selejan: Scholar studies the Sandinista revolution and the Contra War through the lenses of photojournalists
– Shane Graham: Scholar explores connections between Langston Hughes and other black writers around the globe
– Carolyn A. Durham: How Diane Johnson's writing process evolved with her work in Victorian literature and screenwriting
– Alexandra Tali Herzog: Finding Humanity in the Issac Bashevis Singer correspondence
– Erina Duganne: Susan Meiselas and the Trafficking of Photographs about Nicaragua
– Leger Grindon: Analyzing the fight scenes from "Raging Bull"
– Milly S. Barranger: Audrey Wood collection reveals relationships between the literary agent and the playwrights she represented
– Christopher Hull: Graham Greene papers lift curtain on author's psyche
– Bill Demastes: Scholar studies playwright Tom Stoppard's wit
– Stephen Watt: Irish Schlemiels
– Matthew Sutton: Photos, playbills, news clippings document history of blackface in minstrel shows
– Jana Funke: Not "The Well": Radclyffe Hall's Unpublished Short Fiction
– Lori Harrison-Kahan: The relationship between Jewish and African-American culture in the early twentieth century
– Stefania Porcelli: Elizabeth Bowen and the Discourse of Propoganda
– Katherine Slusher: The travels of photojournalist David Douglas Duncan
– Paula Lupkin: Scholar explores vaudeville circuits and regional architecture
– Selina Hastings: Biographer discusses researching Somerest Maugham biography
– Patricia C. Brückmann: Edward Gorey at the Ransom Center
– Julia Ehrhardt: Fannie Hurst and Diets
– Alison Macor: Screenwriter Warren Skaaren
– Nathan Platte: Hearing Music in the David O. Selznick Collection
– Mary Dearborn: Scholar Explores Hemingway Family Papers
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