After a two-year hiatus, the Ransom Center is thrilled to be awarding 10 dissertation fellowships
and up to 60 postdoctoral fellowships for its 2023–24 program. The fellowship projects must
substantial on-site use of the Center's collections, which support exploration of all areas of the
humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 14, 2022, 5 P.M. CST (UTC -6)
Types of Available Fellowships
One– to Three–Month Fellowships — $3,500 PER MONTH*
One– to three–month fellowships are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars
require in-person engagement with the Center's holdings.
Travel Stipends — $2,000*
Travel stipends are available for postdoctoral or independent scholars whose projects require less
one month's use of the Center's collections. Travel stipends may not be combined with other Ransom
Dissertation Fellowships — $2,000*
Dissertation fellowships are available for graduate students whose doctoral dissertations require
the Center's collections.
* For all fellowship categories, an additional, one-time $500 stipend will be provided to
are a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S. to contribute to the costs associated
J-1 visa and/or international travel to Austin.
The Center gratefully acknowledges the endowments and annual sponsors that
support these fellowships.
Statement on Diversity
As the Ransom Center examines its evolution across three pivotal collecting timelines
(1883–1957, 1957–1978, and 1978–present) in accordance with its Diversity and Inclusion
Action Plan, we are mindful that museum and archival holdings such as ours were founded on
practices. Our Center regularly reconsiders the tenets of our Diversity and Inclusion guidelines. We
encourage people of all nationalities and backgrounds to apply as we hold space for non-Western
identities that have so often been omitted from the canon, particularly the scholarship of Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color.
One– to three–month fellowships and travel stipends are open to individuals with either a
demonstrable record of exemplary research. If the Ph.D. is in progress at the time of application, the
proposal and letters of recommendation should clearly indicate completion by June 1, 2023.
Dissertation fellowships are open to doctoral candidates whose dissertations are in progress by the
of application and have not been completed by the start of the fellowship period.
Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships are eligible to reapply with new projects after
fellowship cycles have passed.
When considering your research proposal, please take a look at our ever-developing research guides,
which provide interpretive information related to context as well as insight into the strengths and
limitations of what we carry for each discipline. The Ransom Center is especially interested in
from candidates who can contribute to our charge for diversity as we strive to grow a vitally
research culture. We support work in both traditional formats (such as peer-reviewed articles or
non-fiction manuscripts) as well as creative works (novels, films, etc.), and particularly welcome
scholars who think critically about archival representation to recognize where there are gaps or
inequities in scholarship.
Applicants may contact the Ransom Center at email@example.com with specific inquiries about
collections and to confirm that the materials they wish to consult will be available during their
visit. Other information about the Center's collections, including our Material Use Policy may be found
online. Inquiries about the collections should be submitted before October 15, 2022 to guarantee a
response before the application deadline.
Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A complete application consists of a three-page proposal and one or two letters of recommendation
as outlined below. These materials must be uploaded to the Ransom Center's online application system
PDF files by the application deadline. To begin your application for a 2023–2024 fellowship,
a fellowship account. Upon successful creation of your account, you will receive a fellowship
number, which you must use to submit your proposal, and which your reference(s) must use to submit
required letter(s) of recommendation. Please note that information cannot be revised once
Previous applicants for Ransom Center fellowships must create a new account for 2023–2024, as
accounts from previous years cannot be reused. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our
Create your three-page proposal as outlined below. We ask that the proposal be in English
submitted as a single PDF file through the Ransom Center's online application system using your
account number. Files longer than three pages will not be accepted. Each page should include your
name in the top-right corner and be formatted with one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than
Page one of your proposal should provide your name and project title, followed by a summary
proposed research project. Keep in mind that you are writing for an interdisciplinary committee;
topics and their significance should be thoroughly explained and placed in the context of the larger
of study. Please also describe the anticipated result of the project (journal article, book, edited
volume, or other format).
Page two of your proposal should provide a detailed account of your anticipated use of the
Center's collections. Describe the materials that you will consult, their relevance to the project,
why these materials must be consulted on-site during the length of fellowship requested. If your
materials are also represented in the Ransom Center's digital collections, be sure to explain why
review is necessary for your project.
Page three of your proposal should consist of an abbreviated curriculum vitae emphasizing
work, including publications. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships should include
When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to provide a brief summary of your proposal in 100
or less. This summary, which should address both your project and the collections you will review,
entered in the online application system, and should not be included in your three-page proposal.
Letters of Recommendation
Applications for one- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends must include two confidential
of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to judge the proposal. Applications for
fellowships must include only one letter of recommendation, which should come from the dissertation
director or an appropriate member of the dissertation committee. Letters of recommendation must be
English, be prepared on institutional letterhead, and bear the referee's signature. Letters must be
submitted as a PDF through the Center's online application system by the referee using the
fellowship account number. The deadline for the application materials (below) applies also to the
letters of recommendation.
The proposal and required letter(s) of recommendation for 2023–2024 fellowship applications
submitted through the Center's online application system by November 14, 2022, 5 p.m. CST. An
email will be sent to the applicant upon the successful submission of each item. Applicants are
responsible for ensuring their referees meet the deadline and that all required materials have
submitted. Materials cannot be accepted after the deadline has passed.
Announcement of Decisions
Decisions will be announced by email on March 31, 2023. Fellowship recipients will also receive
related to their award by mail. Queries about applications in-process cannot, unfortunately, be
acknowledged. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be recognized in Ransom Center
Fellowship stipends are awarded according to the category of award and the fellowship recipient's
travel to the Center. An additional, one-time $500 stipend will be provided to individuals who are
citizens or residents of countries other than the U.S. to contribute to the costs associated with
visa and/or international travel to Austin. For all award categories, stipends will be issued after
Fellow arrives at the Ransom Center for their residency.
Recipients of 2023–2024 fellowships must complete their residencies between June 1, 2023,
31, 2024, though we can be somewhat flexible about the start date if all the administrative
has been submitted before the outset of the residency period. Complete information about the
residency may be found in the fellowship