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Public Engagement Fellowships

The Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Program for Early Career Scholars in the Humanities
The Huntington is delighted to announce its participation in the Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Program (PEP).

The Research Division of The Huntington accordingly invites applications from early career humanities faculty to participate in the PEP for both Fellowships and Seed Grants, which aims to celebrate and empower early-career humanities faculty who undertake ambitious projects to infuse the depth, historical richness, and nuance of the humanities into public life.

Applications are welcomed from humanities faculty who wish to work on The Huntington’s art, library or botanical collections and who regard engaging the public in the humanities as part of their scholarly vocation.  Any work (with the exception of writing projects) that takes as its first goal to engage a public beyond students and scholars is eligible. Candidates must be working on projects that are far enough into development or execution to present specific, compelling evidence that they will successfully engage the intended public.

For current and previous holders of Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowships see here.

The successful candidate will be nominated by The Huntington to enter into The Whiting Foundation’s competition for Public Engagement Fellowships or Seed Grants tenable in the academic year 2020-21. If successful in the Whiting Foundation peer review process:

  • The Huntington’s nominee for a Fellowship will receive a grant of $50,000 and will be expected to be in residence at The Huntington for a minimum period of five months.
  • The Huntington’s nominee for a Seed Grant will receive a grant of $10,000 and will be expected to be in residence at The Huntington for a minimum period of two months.

Eligibility

  • early-career, full-time faculty at accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning;
  • working on a project that a) is based on The Huntington’s art, library or botanical collections; and b) will engage a public beyond students and scholars.

For complete guidelines and eligibility criteria for the Whiting Foundation Program

Timetable

  • The closing date for applications to The Huntington is Friday 19 April 2019
  • The Huntington will submit its nomination to the Whiting Foundation by 17 May 2019
  • Nominees would be expected to submit their first-round applications to the Whiting Foundation online by June 14, 2019. Finalists will be chosen by peer review by a committee of distinguished scholars and public humanists.

Applications for the Huntington’s nomination must be submitted to WhitingPEP@huntington.org and must contain:

  • A CV
  • A one-page cover letter explaining the applicant’s commitment to public engagement and the rationale for either a Fellowship or for a Seed Grant.
  • A 1500-word proposal which explains how The Huntington’s library, art and botanical collections will be mobilized to engage the wider public.

For inquiries, please contact cwehrey@huntington.org

Long-Term Awards

Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowships
Eligibility: Non-tenured faculty.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000. 
The Thom fellowships are intended to support non-tenured faculty who are revising their dissertation for publication as their first monograph. Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections and must have received the PhD between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2016.

Mellon Fellowship
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD by no later than Nov. 15, 2018.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000.
Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections.

Dana and David Dornsife Fellowship
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD by no later than Nov. 15, 2018.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000.
Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections. Preference may be given to projects in the history of the American West in general and of California in particular.

Molina Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD by no later than Nov. 15, 2018.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000.
Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington’s collections in the history of medicine and related sciences, including public health.
 

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD by no later than Nov. 15, 2018, and must be a citizen of the United States or foreign national with a minimum of three years U.S. residence.
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000 ($4,200 per month from the NEH; the balance of the stipend from Huntington funds).
Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections.

Kemble Fellowship in Maritime History
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD by no later than Nov. 15, 2018
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months
Value of award: $50,000
Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections in maritime history.

Short-Term Awards

Huntington Fellowships
Eligibility: Doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline (Nov. 15, 2018); faculty members; and other postdoctoral scholars.
Tenure of fellowship: between one and five months.
Value of award: $3,500 per month.
Note: The majority of Huntington fellowships will be awarded to scholars pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections. We do, however, offer a number of specialized fellowships, which include (but are not limited to):

  • Francis Bacon Foundation Fellowships in the history and literature of Renaissance England
  • The Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas
  • The Trent R. Dames Fellowship in the History of Civil Engineering
  • Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fellowships
  • The Francis J. Weber Research Fellowship in Roman Catholic History
  • The Cheng Fellowship in the History of the Asian American Experience in the U.S.
  • Gloria R. Lothrop Fellowship in Western American Women's History

An application for one of the specialized fellowships does not disqualify you from being considered for a Huntington fellowship.

The Alan Jutzi Residential Fellowship for Non-Traditional Scholars
The Alan Jutzi Fellowship for Non-Traditional Scholars honors a former curator's long service to the intellectual needs of researchers regardless of academic pedigree. The Alan Jutzi Fellowship will provide up to two months of annual research support to independent scholars who are neither affiliated with, nor retired from, an academic institution. In keeping with Alan Jutzi's breadth of interests, ideal candidates will include writers, journalists, urban and city planners, architects, collectors, designers, curators, librarians, and others outside the academy. All applicants must demonstrate by competitive application and through appropriate selection criteria that research at The Huntington is critical to their project.

The Thomas W. Wilkins Fellowship to encourage greater diversity among the scholars who use The Huntington's collections
The Thomas W Wilkins Fellowship honors the memory and vision of a middle schoolteacher and proud Angeleno who left a legacy that would benefit the diverse city he loved so much. The Thomas W. Wilkins fellowship will provide up to two months of annual research support for scholars who have the potential to bring to their academic and research careers the critical perspective that comes from their understanding of the experiences of members of groups historically underrepresented in higher education in the United States. The contributions to diversity may include research focusing on underserved populations or understanding inequalities related to race, gender, disability or LGBT. Applicants must either hold the PhD or be graduate students advanced to doctoral candidacy.

Travel Grants and Exchange Fellowships for Study in the United Kingdom and Ireland

Eligibility: Doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline (Nov. 15, 2018); faculty members; and other postdoctoral scholars. Applicants must be based in North America.
Tenure of fellowship: One month.
The Huntington offers several travel grants for study in any of the fields in which The Huntington’s own collections are strong where the research will be carried out in libraries or archives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. We also offer exchange fellowships with Corpus Christi, Linacre, Lincoln, and New Colleges, Oxford; Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Durham University; and Trinity College Dublin-Marsh's Library. The intention is to encourage projects which can be developed both in The Huntington’s collections and in UK archives.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford/Lincoln College, Oxford/New College, Oxford/Trinity Hall, Cambridge/Trinity College, Dublin (Marsh's Library)
Accommodation and hospitality is provided by the college, although the timing of the fellowship may be subject to the availability of housing and to the schedule of the academic year in each institution. The Huntington will reimburse the fellow for economy round-trip airfare before traveling to England or Ireland. The fellow must provide a written report on his or her experience.

Linacre College, Oxford
A stipend of $3,500 is provided by The Huntington to the recipient of the fellowship before traveling to England, along with reimbursement for economy round-trip airfare. Accommodation is arranged by the college, although the fellow is responsible for all associated costs. The fellowship must be taken up in July 2019. The fellow must provide a written report on his or her experience.

University of Durham (Residential Research Library)
A stipend of £1,800 (GBP) is provided by the University of Durham. Self-catered ensuite study bedrooms at Ushaw College (3.5 miles from Durham city centre) will be available at a competitive rate. The Huntington will reimburse economy round-trip airfare. The fellowship is designed to facilitate scholarship on the basis of the three historic collections of Durham: those held by Durham Cathedral, Ushaw College, and Durham University, including Palace Green Library and the Oriental Museum. The fellow must provide a written report on his or her experience.

Travel Grants
Recipients of the travel grants must be conducting research in a library or archive in the United Kingdom and Ireland in any of the fields in which Huntington collections are strong. The Huntington will reimburse the grantee for economy round-trip airfare before the trip. A stipend of $3,500 will be paid after the grantee submits a detailed report on the research conducted. The travel grants can be taken up as early as June 1, 2019, and no later than June 30, 2020.

The Huntington offers several joint professorships and collaborative fellowships with other institutions and organizations. See Joint Professorships/Collaborative Fellowships for more information.

Dibner Program in the History of Science

The Dibner Program in the History of Science offers scholars the opportunity to work in The Huntington's Burndy Library and its other resources for the study of history of science and technology.

Long-Term Awards 
Eligibility: Applicants must have completed all requirements for the PhD by no later than Nov. 15, 2018. 
Tenure of fellowship: Between nine and twelve months.
Value of award: $50,000. 
Applicants must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to The Huntington's collections in the history of science and technology.

Short-Term Awards
Eligibility: Doctoral candidates who have advanced to candidacy (ABD) at the time of the application deadline (Nov. 15, 2018); faculty members; and other postdoctoral scholars.
Tenure of fellowship: Between one and five months.
Amount of award: $3,500 per month.

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