The Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University is currently accepting applications for research fellowships for 2018-2019.
The primary focus of the Library's collections are the lives and works of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; included are original letters and manuscripts, books from the poets' library, first and successive editions of their poetry, as well as criticism and other secondary works and materials. In addition to the world's largest collection of material on Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (over 3,400 original documents; plus an additional 8,000 letters of British and American figures and 27,000 books), the library has a growing collection of nineteenth-century women poets, over 1400 nineteenth-century British sermons and religious pamphlets, significant research materials in many areas of Victorian culture, and research holdings of Matthew Arnold, Thomas Carlyle, Ralph Waldo Emerson, George MacDonald, Joseph Milsand, J. H. and F. W. Newman, John Ruskin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and other Victorian writers. The Milsand Archive contains over 50,000 items, mostly in French, relating to Browning, the Milsand family, and the Anglo-French literary scene from the 1860s to 80s. Additional information about the Library's collections is also available in the online The Brownings: A Research Guide.
The Library offers one-month fellowships to visiting scholars pursuing doctoral, post-doctoral, or equivalent research. Each Fellow is expected to be in residence and to conduct research in the collections during the majority of the award period and is expected to give a 30- to 45-minute presentation regarding some aspect of their research project or to produce a written summary of his/her experience working with the collections. The fellowship is primarily designed to provide access to the Library for scholars who reside outside the immediate area. The stipend for recipients within the continental United States is $1,500 and for those from outside the U.S., $2,000. Housing is provided.
To apply, candidates should send a formal letter of application that includes the preferred dates of study and a brief research proposal (not to exceed three pages) emphasizing the relationship of the Armstrong Browning Library collections to the proposed project. The applicant should also enclose a curriculum vitae and arrange to have two confidential letters of recommendation sent to the Director.
Application documents and letters should be received by April 1, 2018. Awards will be announced for the following academic year (September through June) by April 30, 2018. For additional information, contact Christi Klempnauer (254.710.4968). Mail all documents to:
Armstrong Browning Library, Department 4
One Bear Place #97152
Waco, TX 76798-7152