Fellowships at the Kentucky Historical Society

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“It is wonderful that folks in the state are willing to support research in Kentucky history, particularly for graduate students who might not otherwise be able to travel to the state.” — Jonathan Hancock, Conway, AZ

As part of our mission to engage the public in learning about and then using Kentucky’s history to push forward, the Kentucky Historical Society  (KHS) offers several fellowship opportunities. These programs have a win/win outcome of advancing the fellow’s own professional development, while also expanding the knowledge base of Kentucky history and the leadership pool for the entire history field. For a list of the last group of award recipients click here.

We currently are seeking candidates for the following opportunities: Scholarly Research Fellowships and Churchill Weavers Fellowship. For details, see below.

Scholarly Research Fellowships

The KHS scholarly research fellowship program encourages and promotes advanced research on all aspects of Kentucky-related local, regional, national, transnational and comparative history. Fellowships are designed to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the KHS research collections.

These short-term fellowships are intended to support serious scholarly work. They enable individuals to pursue advanced study and research in the collections of KHS.

Fellowship recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an article-length manuscript for possible publication in the Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, and are expected to make an informal presentation on their research during their stay and to submit a final narrative report of three to five pages outlining the work accomplished.

Applications are welcome from independent scholars, as well as from college and university teachers, graduate students, and scholars working in other related disciplines. All  applications are peer-reviewed by a panel of leading historians. Awards are based on the significance of the proposed research and on the anticipated time it will require in KHS collections. Awards typically range from $400 (for one week) to $1,600 (for four weeks).

To apply:

Click here for application form and instructions.

Deadline:

Oct. 15, 2014

Churchill Weavers Fellowship

ChurchWeavers for fellows-webThe Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) houses one of the finest weaving archives in the nation — the Churchill Weavers collection. Churchill Weavers operated in Berea, Ky., from 1922 to 2007. The company was once considered America’s premier producer of luxury handwoven goods. To learn more about Churchill Weavers and the collection at KHS click here.

Today KHS maintains this collection and is making it available to scholars for advanced study and research. The Churchill Weavers Fellowship provides opportunities to scholars to connect with this important archive. The collection is comprehensive and holds promise to enrich scholarship in many areas, especially those related to labor history and textile production in Appalachia.

The fellow must make use of the Churchill Weavers collection during their visit, but will be given the option of exploring related collections at KHS. At the end of the fellowship the recipient will make an informal presentation at KHS based on research conducted during the fellowship. A research report is due a month after the end of the fellowship. The research report is a final narrative report of three to five pages outlining work accomplished. KHS will also receive a copy of any publications aided by the fellowship. Fellowship recipients are strongly encouraged to submit an article-length manuscript for possible publication in The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society.

Applications are welcome from independent scholars, college and university teachers, graduate students and scholars working in other related disciplines. The fellowship is designed to assist researchers with travel and living expenses while using the Churchill Weavers collection. All applications are peer-reviewed by a panel of leading historians. Awards are based on the significance of the proposed research and on the anticipated time it will require in the collection. The stipends are for a maximum of six weeks and are pro-rated at $400/week.

To apply:

Click here for application form and instructions.

Deadline:

March 1, 2015

 

For more information about KHS fellowships, contact Elizabeth J. Van Allen at beth.vanallen@ky.gov or 502-564-1792, ext. 4440.

 

KHS reserves the right not to award certain fellowships should extenuating circumstances arise. Because of state regulations, Kentucky state employees are not eligible for these fellowships. (Kentucky public school teachers and state university employees are eligible.)