The Ransom Center is thrilled to be awarding up to 60 research fellowships for its 2024-2025 program,
including 10 dissertation fellowships. The fellowship projects must require 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 history.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1, 2023, NOON 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
whose projects require in-person engagement with the Center's holdings. Scholars with master’s degrees
and a demonstrable record of exemplary research are also welcome to apply.
Travel Stipends — $2,000*
Travel stipends are available for postdoctoral scholars, independent researchers, and graduates with
master’s degrees whose projects require less than one month's use of the Center's collections. Travel
stipends may not be combined with other Ransom Center fellowships.
Dissertation Fellowships — $2,000*
Dissertation fellowships are available for graduate students whose in-progress doctoral dissertations
require use of the Center's collections.
* For all fellowship categories, an additional, one-time $500 stipend will be provided to
individuals who are a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S. to contribute to the
costs associated with the 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) we are mindful that museum and archival holdings such as ours were founded on Eurocentric
practices. Our Center regularly reconsiders the tenets of our Diversity and Inclusion guidelines. We
encourage people of all identities to apply as we hold space for scholarship from researchers who have
been historically excluded, misrepresented, or silenced, particularly those who are Black, Indigenous,
and People of Color.
One– to three–month fellowships and travel stipends are open to individuals with either a
Ph.D. or a master’s degree and 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, 2024. Otherwise, the applicant should consider applying for a
Dissertation fellowships are open to doctoral candidates whose dissertations are in progress by the
time 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 two
full 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 proposals from candidates who can
contribute to our charge for diversity as we strive to grow a vitally inclusive 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
Applicants may contact the Ransom Center at firstname.lastname@example.org with specific inquiries about
the collections and to confirm that the materials they wish to consult will be available during their
proposed visit. Inquiries about the collections should be submitted by October 1st, 2023 with the
subject “Fellowship Applicant – [applicant name]” to guarantee a response before the application
deadline. Other information about the Center's collections,
including our Material Use Policy may be found online.
Questions about the fellowship program or application instructions should be directed to email@example.com.
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
as PDF files by the application deadline. To begin your application for a 2024–2025 fellowship,
create a fellowship account. Upon successful creation
of your account, you will receive a fellowship
account number, which you must use to submit your proposal, and which your reference(s) must use to
submit the required letter(s) of recommendation. Please note that information cannot be revised
once submitted. Previous applicants for Ransom Center fellowships must create a new account
for 2024–2025, as accounts from previous years cannot be reused. We apologize for any inconvenience
this causes our applicants.
Create your three-page proposal as outlined below. We ask that the proposal be in English and
submitted as a single PDF file through the Ransom Center's online application system using your
fellowship account number. Files longer than three pages will not be accepted.
Required: Each page should include your last name in the top-right corner and be formatted with
one-inch margins and a sans-serif or serif font size of 11 pt. When submitting a PDF of your
three-page proposal, you will be asked to provide—via an online application form—a brief summary of
your proposal in 100 words or less. The 100-word abstract should not be replicated within your
The first page of your proposal should provide your name and project title, followed by a summary of
the proposed research project. Keep in mind that research topics and their significance should be
thoroughly explained and placed in the context of the larger field of study. Please also describe
the anticipated result of the project (journal article, book, edited volume, or other format).
The second page of your proposal should provide a detailed account of your anticipated use of the
Ransom Center's collections. Describe the materials you will consult, their relevance to the
project, and why these materials must be consulted on-site during the length of fellowship
requested. In general, proposals must clearly convey the feasibility of a project, identify the
required collections with detailed specificity (see next paragraph), and explain how the collections
inform the larger project.
Using our finding aids, please include the specific containers, boxes and folders from the
collections you plan to consult. If your selected materials are also represented in the Ransom
Center's digital collections, be sure to explain why on-site review is necessary for your project.
The third page of your proposal should consist of an abbreviated curriculum vitae emphasizing
relevant work, including publications. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships should
include results of fellowship-supported research.
Letters of Recommendation
Applications for one- to three-month fellowships and travel stipends must include two confidential
letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to judge the proposal. Applications for
dissertation 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 in English 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 applicant's
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 2024–2025 fellowship applications must be
submitted through the Center's online application system by November 1, 2023, noon, CST. An
automated 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 been submitted. Materials cannot be accepted after the deadline has passed.
Announcement of Decisions
Decisions will be announced by email on April 1, 2024. Queries about applications in-process cannot,
unfortunately, be acknowledged. Fellowship recipients and their research projects will be recognized
in Ransom Center publicity.
Fellowship stipends are awarded according to the category of award and the fellowship recipient's
need to 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 the J-1 visa and/or international travel to Austin. For all award
categories, stipends will be issued after the Fellow arrives at the Ransom Center for their
Recipients of 2024–2025 fellowships must complete their residencies between June 1, 2024, and
August 31, 2025, though we can be somewhat flexible about the start date if all the
administrative documentation has been submitted before the outset of the residency period. Complete
information about the fellowship residency may be found in the fellowship guidelines.