Fellows Program for UT-Austin Faculty & Graduate Students
Application Call: Due January 6 at NOON CST
Awards for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications from the UT-Austin community for its 2021–2022 research fellowships.
In this next award cycle, the Ransom Center will grant 12 fellowships—approximately 6 to UT faculty and 6 to UT graduate students—for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections and critically or creatively engage the collections. The Ransom Center’s internationally renowned collections support research in all areas of the humanities including literature, photography, film, art, performing arts, music, cultural history, and humanity more broadly.
This fellowship opportunity encourages local academic engagement with the collections to grow our research initiatives. Many UT faculty and students engage with the Center’s collections through teaching, research, assistantships and internships. We hope this pilot fellowship encourages more extensive use of the collections by the UT community for the benefit of future research projects, especially during a time when national support for research and travel is limited. Research projects might include: scholarly articles or monographs, dissertations, creative work, digital humanities, performance-based research, exhibition proposals, research-based syllabi to grow student research, collaborative research, or other research projects around the collections. We are open to both traditional and innovative research proposals to animate the collections. The Ransom Center is especially interested in proposals from candidates who can contribute to diversity and excellence as we strive to grow a vital, inclusive research culture.
The deadline for applications is January 6 at NOON CST. Applications must be submitted through the Ransom Center’s website.
Please note: The Ransom Center will be closed starting December 23, 2020 for Winter Break and will reopen upon our return on January 4, 2021. During this time we will be unable to respond to queries about the UT Fellows program. Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to register and submit any reference questions by December 18, 2020.
Applications will be accepted from across the university, and fellowships can be used during the semester of Fall 2021 or Spring 2022. Fellowship stipends for both faculty and graduate students will be $3,000. All fellows must be local and must be scheduled to be in residence in Austin for the academic year. No travel reimbursements will be available. Fellows will be required to participate in a few group forums about their research that will be scheduled to accommodate their teaching and other commitments. While research schedules will be flexible, physically-distanced protocols following the Covid-19 pandemic may affect schedules, so flexibility is required.
Faculty from all ranks at UT are encouraged to apply. For graduate students, preference may be given to doctoral students, but MFA, MSIS, and other terminal master’s degree students are also encouraged to apply. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Ransom Center’s staff about collections at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A complete application consists of a three-page proposal and the names and contact information of two references. These materials must be uploaded to the Ransom Center's online application system as PDFs by the application deadline. To begin your application for a 2021-2022 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. Please note that information cannot be revised once submitted. Previous applicants for Ransom Center fellowships must create a new account for 2021-2022, as accounts from previous years cannot be reused.
Create your three-page proposal as outlined below. The proposal must be in English and submitted as a single PDF through the Ransom Center's online application system using your fellowship account number. Files longer than three pages will not be accepted. Each page should include your last name in the top-right corner and be formatted with one-inch margins and a font size no smaller than eleven point.
Page one of your proposal should provide your name and project title, followed by a summary of the proposed research project. Keep in mind that you are writing for an interdisciplinary committee, so 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).
Page two of your proposal should provide a detailed account of your anticipated use of the Ransom Center's collections. Describe the materials that you will consult, their relevance to the project, and why these materials must be consulted on-site during the fellowship. If the materials that you will consult are represented in the Ransom Center's digital collections, be sure to explain why on-site consultation is necessary for your project.
Page three of your proposal should consist of an abbreviated curriculum vitae emphasizing relevant publications. Previous recipients of Ransom Center fellowships should include results of fellowship-supported research.
When submitting your proposal, you will be asked to provide a brief summary of your proposal in 100 words or less. This summary, which should address both your project and the collections you will consult, will be entered in the online application system, and should not be included in your three-page proposal.
Applicants will be notified by March 31.
This opportunity hopes to integrate more UT faculty and graduate students into the Ransom Center’s long-standing research culture and community. During this pilot year of the UT Fellows program, external fellows from the 2019–2021 award cycles (who needed to postpone their fellowships due to Covid-19) will immerse in the Center’s collections and will likewise adhere to physically-distanced protocols. Since the fellowship program’s inauguration in 1990, the Harry Ransom Center has supported more than 1,270 research projects through fellowship awards.
Ransom Center fellowships are funded by a number of endowments and sponsors.