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News Release — May 27, 2009

More than 50 Research Fellowships Awarded by the Harry Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has awarded more than 50 research fellowships for 2009-10. These fellowships support research projects in the humanities that require substantial use of the Center's collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art and performing arts materials.

The scholars, more than 25 of whom will be coming from abroad, will use Ransom Center materials to support projects with such titles as "The Left-Conservative Imagination: Norman Mailer's Political Thought," "Dreams of a Totalitarian Utopia: Literary Modernism and Politics" and "Radio Literature: The Broadcasts of Welles, Thomas, Beckett, and Stoppard."

"Support of scholarly research is one of the primary goals of the Ransom Center," said Director Thomas F. Staley. "With what has become one of the largest fellowship programs of its kind, we encourage scholars from around the world to make new discoveries about the writers and artists who have shaped our culture."

The fellowships range from one to three months in duration, with funds of $3,000 per month. Travel stipends and dissertation fellowships are also awarded.

All fellows, with the exception of those selected for dissertation fellowships, are post-doctorates or independent scholars with a substantial record of scholarly achievement.

The stipends are funded by individual donors and organizations, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hobby Family Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the South Central Modern Language Association and The University of Texas at Austin Office of Graduate Studies.

A list of recipients, their affiliation and their research topics can be found online.

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