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Library of Congress Fellowships

American Council of Learned Societies

Program Summary

The Library of Congress, the Association of American Universities, and the American Council of Learned Societies are pleased to announce the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies, supporting postdoctoral research in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences using the foreign language collections of the Library of Congress. Proposals in multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are also welcome, as are proposals focused on single or multiple geographical areas. The Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies may be combined with sabbatical and other fellowship funds to extend the research period up to a total of twelve months.


* Applicants must hold a Ph.D. conferred prior to November 1, 2001 and preference will be given to scholars at an early stage of the career - those within 7 years of the degree.
* Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents as of the application deadline date, and may be affiliated with any academic institution. Independent scholars are also welcome to apply.

In all cases, applicants must demonstrate the need for use of the Library of Congress foreign language holdings, which may include any of the formats in the Library's collections (e.g. books, images, films, legal materials, maps, manuscripts, music, prints, photographs, and rare books). Correspondingly, applicants must document competence in the appropriate language or languages at a level that would suffice to conduct research, and present a record of work that promises a high quality research project for a publishable nature.


Stipend: $3,500 per month. Tenure: Four to nine months to be initiated between July 1, 2002 and February 1, 2003.

For fellowship recipients, the Library of Congress will provide office space, the opportunity to interact with curators and area studies specialists, and will facilitate access to the Washington area's other research sources and cultural/intellectual environment. Fellows will be responsible for making their own housing and transportation arrangements.


November 1, 2001 - deadline for posting completed applications.

Application and for more information

The following materials are required:
1. Three-page application form.
2. A project proposal, in not more than five double-spaced pages, plus a bibliography of not more than two additional pages. The narrative statement should explain, briefly but specifically, what you plan to do and why, describe progress already made, make clear the relevance of the project to your professional experience, and discuss the significance of this work within your specific and general fields. Be sure to include a section that gives a general overview of the material you expect to consult, a timetable for the completion of your research, and anticipated outcomes such as publications and presentations.
3. A representative list, in not more than 2 pages, of your own publications. Be sure to give full bibliographic references.
4. A language self-evaluation form.
5. Three confidential report forms, which should be completed and sent directly to the ACLS by your referees. We suggest that you secure as referees scholars competent to judge both your past scholarship and the present research proposal; further, that not more than one referee be affiliated with your own institution.

Please complete and return these items with your application:

1. Data Sheet and Code Sheet. Please be sure to complete the shaded box; it is part of the application.
2. Card acknowledging receipt of references (optional)
3. White ACLS program card
4. Postcard acknowledging ACLS receipt of your application
5. Plain ACLS envelope
6. Mailing label to ACLS

For complete guideline and application information please contact:

American Council of Learned Societies
228 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017-3398

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