Fellowship Information

The JCB Fellowship is a "residential" fellowship, in the sense that the stipend is intended to assist you with living expenses in Providence so you can do research at the JCB.  We hold to this residency obligation strictly.  With regard to NEH grants, it is illegal for the Library to pay a Fellow not "in residence," and for all of the fellowships the Library offers, including short-term grants, the issuance of a stipend check is based on our understanding that you are living here. However, we do not want to discourage use of other libraries in New England, where there might  be holdings of special value for you that are lacking here.  Certainly you should not hesitate to attend important conferences, give guest lectures, attend to urgent family needs, and the like.  Please inform us of any talks you are giving– on campus or nearby– so we can publicize the information with other fellows and JCB Staff.  Because of visa regulations, foreign fellows must give advance notice to the Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS) for any additional compensation.

We also ask that if you accept the fellowship you will not be engaged in outside professional activities that compete with your research. This would include activities for which you are paid by other institutions, such as the teaching of a class or salaried consulting.  The expectation is that in accepting the fellowship one's primary professional obligation is to research at the library.

We would like to have your local phone number and address (if we do not already have it).  If you plan to be out of town for more than a day or two, please make sure we have a telephone number where we can reach you in the event of an emergency.

Brown University's website offers an events calendar. Morning Mail sent by email also publishes events on campus. The JCB posts its own events on the JCB site.
Notices of scholarly and other events, on campus and off, are also posted on two bulletin boards in the Break Room.  Conference announcements and calls for papers are posted on the large bulletin board in the vestibule leading into the Break Room. 

Nearly every Wednesday throughout the year, we have an informal Fellows' talk in the MacMillan Reading Room at 4 pm focusing on books in the collection of the library. On the first Wednesday of every month, a long-term fellow will give a talk at noon at the AnnMary Brown Memorial. Following the talk, fellows and other invited guests will have lunch in the same venue. The third Wednesday of the month, a pre-circulated paper will be discussed at the 4 pm time.

All fellows are expected to attend these weekly lunch talks regularly. Each Fellow will be scheduled during his or her residency to give one lunch talk about ongoing research at the JCB. This talk should be fairly informal and last no more than 20-25 minutes to allow for ample discussion time. In the ideal talks, the fellow gives some general remarks about the materials and ideas that he or she is working with, summarizes his or her findings to date, and puts them into a historical and/or historiographical context.

We schedule informal coffees in the JCB Break Room soon after new fellows arrive so that staff and other fellows in residence can offer helpful advice for developing research leads. Coffees are often held at 10:00 a.m. on the first or second Friday of the month and refreshments are provided. 

Swearer Room:
The Reference Reading Room (also known as the Swearer Room), aside from serving as a convenient space in which to consult reference books, is also intended to serve as a room in which fellows can work quietly.  The Swearer Room has places where you may keep books NOT from the JCB.
Adams Conference Room:
Another refuge is the Adams Conference Room in the basement level of the JCB.  This space is also occasionally used by the staff for various purposes; so we may sometimes have to ask you to defer to staff functions.  However, the Conference Room is unoccupied for long hours and can be a good place to write or talk. 
Work spaces:
Although the Library cannot provide offices to short-term fellows, most researchers have been able to find congenial work space. We have added carrels along the Reference Room stacks (on the Map Room side) for you to use.
Bolivar Room:
An exhibition space off of the MacMillan Reading Room, the Bolivar room may be used by fellows wishing to write. No rare books may be taken into the room and the room, normally locked, must be opened by library staff.
Rest Rooms: 
The Library has a Men's Room (marked M) and a Ladies' Room (marked L) on the first floor by the entrance to the main Reading Room and also on the ground floor off the east entrance lobby. 
Break Room:
Avail yourself of the amenities of the Break Room, namely coffee at $.60 a cup or tea at $.25 a cup.  Please feel free to make use of the refrigerator and the microwave oven. EVERYONE IS EXPECTED TO CLEAN UP AFTER HIM/HERSELF.  Labels are provided for identifying personal items in the refrigerator; please label and date your items to avoid the risk of anything you keep in the break room being discarded.
There is often an assortment of reading material you can peruse in the break room, including the Brown Daily Herald (the student newspaper), our local newspaper (The Providence Journal) and the New York Times. Newspapers should not be removed from the break room.
The Break Room is for everyone’s use, both fellows and staff of the library. We want to be inclusive and everyone should feel free to use it.