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Research Fellowships in the Humanities

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A patron works with the John Herschel papers in the Reading Room at the Harry Ransom Center. Photo by Anthony Maddaloni.

The Harry Ransom Center annually awards more than 50 fellowships to support short-term residencies for research projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections.

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 generously funded by individual donors and organizations, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation, the Carl H. Pforzheimer Endowment, and the Marlene Nathan Meyerson Photography Fellowship Endowment.

View application instructions
Please note that our application deadline has changed. The application deadline for 2017–2018 fellowships is November 15, 2016, 5 p.m. CST.

Learn more about fellowship-supported research on the blog
Fellowship Guidelines for fellowship recipients (PDF)
View a complete list of supporting endowments and annual donors
Learn about the history of the fellowship program

Fellows on Research at the Ransom Center

Listen to fellows discuss their research, explain the process of working with primary source materials, and describe the benefits of having access to such materials in the following video interviews.

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Fellows also contribute articles about their research and findings in the Ransom Center's blog, Cultural Compass, and newsletter, Ransom Edition.

Read articles by and about fellows on the blog

Read articles about research at the Ransom Center from Ransom Edition:

– 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

Scholarly Publications

There is a long history of works resulting from research in the Ransom Center's collections. Some recent publications follow.

The Saint between Manuscript and Print in Italy, 1400–1600

Alison K. Frazier, Editor
(University of Toronto Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, July 2015)

J. M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing: Face to Face with Time

David Attwell
(Oxford University Press, September 2015)

World of Raymond Chandler

Barry Day, Editor
(Vintage, November 2015)

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