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Repository Research Fellowship
In partnership with IU Bloomington repositories, the IAS offers a short-term Repository Research Fellowship program to support immersive collections research. This initiative is intended to support research in the rich collections of the IU Bloomington campus and to build partnerships between scholars at and beyond IUB.
The Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study is now accepting applications for the 2022 Repository Research Fellowship (RRF). Fellowships in this cycle will be between April and December 2022. Prospective fellows may apply either to be on campus or to work virtually. Virtual Fellows will be eligible to receive up to $1,500 to be used for project-related expenses. Fellows coming for a campus residency are eligible for up to $2,500 reimbursement of travel costs (including lodging).
The fellowship is open to community scholars or faculty members from outside IUB who will conduct in-depth research in collections of the partner repositories. The ideal fellowship arrangement is two weeks of focused research using the collection items and tools provided by the repository. If a different timing is desired, it should be proposed and explained in the application.
Prior to submission, applicants are responsible for discussing the collections they wish to use with their prospective host repository to find out what will be available and (for virtual fellows) in what format. Collaboration is encouraged. Fellows are required to make a virtual or in-person presentation of some aspect of the project. IU IAS staff members will facilitate these presentations.
Eligibility: Non-IU faculty members and community scholars are eligible for this fellowship. Graduate or undergraduate students and previous SRRF/RRF fellows are not eligible to receive the fellowship. Applications from faculty members at Minority Serving Institutions and community colleges and from source community scholars are particularly welcome.
Successful proposals will demonstrate:
● understanding of the collection(s) proposed for use
● the project’s anticipated impact
● plans for wide-spread dissemination
● possibilities for ongoing collaboration
● benefit for the repository as well as the researcher
Questions about collections should be directed to listed repository contacts. Questions about the fellowship should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Applications: February 13, 2022
EXTENDED to February 28, 2022
Participating Repositories and Collections for 2022
Please check back for the most current list, as more repositories may join before the application closes.
*Only available during the academic year*
Please contact the Curator of the Herbarium at email@example.com.
Contact Ellen Sieber, Curator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the collection.
*On campus (in-person) fellowship(s) only*
Please contact Collection Manager Jess Miller-Camp at email@example.com with any questions.
For more information about the University Archives and their collections, please reach out to Dina Kellams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Wylie House collections, contact Director Carey Champion at email@example.com.
2021 RRF Fellows
Assistant Professor, University of North Texas,
Austin Anderson is working with the University Archives to research the history and development of student cultural centers such as IU's LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, as well as the relationships between student recreational activity and increased activism and activity of these centers.
Collaborative Artist and Designer, New Orleans,
Wylie House Museum and University Archives
Natan Diacon-Furtado is researching the Wylie House textile collections, as well as materials about Elizabeth Breckenridge, Sarah Parke Morrison, and Harvey Young from Wylie House and University Archives collections, to create an art installation that will be projected at Wylie House.
Christopher Joonhai Lee
Associate Professor, Lafayette College,
Archives of Traditional Music
Christopher J. Lee is working with the Dennis Duerden and Lee Nichols Collections as part of his ongoing project focused on the radio plays of the South African writer and anti-apartheid activist Alex La Guma.
Past Summer Repository Research Fellows have conducted research in a variety of repositories and collaborated with several IUB faculty.
My residency in the IU Paleontology Collection was a fantastic opportunity to collect critical data on the sizes of fossil marine animals...I expect to plan future visits to the collections, and hope to interact more regularly with the faculty and researchers at IU.Phil Novack-Gottshall, Paleobiologist & Summer Research Fellow 2016