Research Fellowships at the JCB

The John Carter Brown Library will award approximately forty residential research fellowships for the year July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018. Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American engagement.  A more detailed description of the JCB Fellowship Programs may be read in French and Spanish here. 

Short-Term Fellowships

Sponsorship of research at the John Carter Brown Library is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of the Americas, North and South, including all aspects of European, African, and Native American engagements in global and comparative contexts. Short-term fellowships are open to individuals who are engaged in pre- and post-doctoral, or independent research, regardless of nationality. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application. Short-term fellowships are available for periods of two to four months and carry a stipend of $2,100 per month.

The application for a short-term fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library consists of four parts:

A narrative description of the proposed project, including an explanation of its historiographical significance, progress to date on the project, identification of specific materials to be consulted at the JCB, and plan for work to be completed while in residence. Applicants may submit proposals in English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese (although English is generally preferred by the committee when possible).

  1. Current curriculum vitae.
  2. A completed application form.
  3. Applicants should arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation to be sent in support of their proposed project.

Apply here. The deadline to apply for short-term fellowships is December 1, 2016

Long-Term Fellowships

The John Carter Brown Library offers long-term fellowships, several of which are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), an independent agency of the U.S. Federal government. Additional long-term fellowships have been made possible by Donald L. Saunders; R. David Parsons; and The Reed Foundation, which has endowed the InterAmericas Fellowship (for research on the history of the West Indies and the Caribbean basin). Fellowships funded by the NEH are only available to citizens of the United States or to those applicants residing in the U.S. for the three years preceding application. Applicants of all nationalities, however, will be considered for long-term fellowships. Long-Term Fellowships are available for periods of five to ten months and carry a monthly stipend of $4,200

The application for a long-term fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library consists of four parts:

  1. A narrative description, in English, of the proposed project, including an explanation of its historiographical significance, progress to date on the project, identification of specific materials to be consulted at the JCB, and plan for work to be completed while in residence
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. A completed application form.
  4. Applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be sent in support of their proposed project.

Apply here. The deadline to apply for long-term fellowships is December 1, 2016

Collaborative Cluster Fellowships

As part of an effort to expand the disciplinary scope of research at the Library, and to emphasize the role of the JCB as a laboratory for new research methods, the fellowship committee encourages applications from small groups of between two to four scholars who would be in simultaneous residence for periods of up to one month to work in collaboration on a particular theme, object, or scholarly project. The fellowship carries a weekly stipend of $500 per person.

The application for a Collaborative Cluster Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library consists of two parts:

  1. Project overview (approx. 1000 words), outlining the proposed research project, names of participants, and proposed length of fellowship (between two to four weeks).
  2. CVs for each participant.

No letters of reference are required for the Collaborative Cluster Fellowship application.

Application materials may be sent to the attention of Neil Safier at JCB-Fellowhips@brown.edu by the January 15, 2017 deadline. 

Hodson Trust - John Carter Brown Library Fellowship

The Hodson Trust –John Carter Brown Library Fellowship supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to filmmakers, novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history.

The four month fellowship is divided into two parts – two months of research at the John Carter Brown Library during the academic year and two months of writing at the C.V. Staff Center at Washington College in Chestertown, MD during the following summer. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges. Application details may be found here.  

The deadline to apply for a Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Library Fellowship is March 15, 2017. 

J.M. Stuart Fellowship

The J. M. Stuart Fellowship is open to Brown Ph.D. students in the Humanities or Social Sciences whose dissertation topic relates to the early history and culture of the Americas and whose research and writing would benefit from privileged and sustained access to the resources of the John Carter Brown Library.

Stuart Fellows are full members of the international community of scholars in residence at the Library in any given year. In addition, although Stuart fellows are primarily engaged in dissertation research, a distinctive component of this fellowship is the opportunity to gain deeper scholarly command of the collections by working closely with leading curatorial experts on a Library project—such as an exhibition, publication, or website—germane to the fellow's area of interest.

The Stuart Fellow must have completed all preliminary exams and is expected to reside in Providence or nearby for the entire academic year in which the fellowship is awarded. He or she is provided with work space in the Library. Time contributed to work on the Library project, which is a requirement of the fellowship, should average around one day/week.

The J.M. Stuart Fellowship application consists of three parts:

  1. A single page with name, affiliation, status and 100-word abstract
  2. A narrative description of your proposed project (not to exceed 1200 words), including an explanation of its historiographical significance, progress to date, and identification of specific materials to be consulted at the JCB
  3. A current curriculum vitae.

The Stuart Fellowship carries a stipend equivalent to the Graduate School stipend for a nine-month term, beginning September 1. The Stuart Fellow will also receive a summer stipend that is equivalent but additional to the summer support provided by the Graduate School (currently one-ninth of the academic year stipend), to be used in the summer following their residency at the JCB. Fellows may also apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds for supplementary dissertation research in other collections of primary materials.

Nominations and applications can be sent to the Fellowship Coordinator by January 29, 2016. Only applications that are accompanied by a nomination from their department chair (also due to us on or before January 29, 2016) will be considered. All applications will be considered provisional pending verification of academic standing by the Dean of the Graduate School.