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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 over 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 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.

2014-2015 Fellowship Application Instructions

The application deadline for 2014–2015 research fellowships has passed. Decisions will be announced by email on or before April 1, 2014. Application instructions for 2015–2016 fellowships will be posted in the summer.

Fellowship Guidelines for current and prospective fellows (PDF)
View rosters of current and past fellowship recipients
View a complete list of supporting endowments and annual donors

25 Years of Fellowships

Twenty-Five Years of Fellowships

2014–2015 will mark the 25th year of Ransom Center's fellowship program. The program was established in 1989 under the directorship of Thomas F. Staley to encourage and facilitate use of the Center's collections for scholarly inquiry. Through fellowship stipends, the program enables scholars from around the world to visit the Center to conduct on-site research in its collections, supporting scholarship in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

The first fellowships were offered in 1990–1991 to eight scholars, five of whom visited from abroad. Since then, the program has continued to grow. For 2013–2014, fellowships were awarded to over 65 scholars, with half from outside the U.S. In the nearly 25 years of the program's existence, the Center has hosted over 800 fellows, and the program has become one of the largest of its kind. Read more about the history of the fellowship program and its 25th anniversary.

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.

View more interviews with fellows

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.

Arthur Miller

Christopher Bigsby
(Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2009)

A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster

Wendy Moffat
(New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010)

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters

Bill Morgan and David Stanford
(New York: Viking, 2010)

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