Fellowships in Modern Literature and African American History and Culture at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

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Emory University

The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) of Emory University offers short-term fellowships to support research use of the library's collections in modern literature and in African American history and culture.

Research fellows receive grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to help defray expenses associated with traveling to and living in Atlanta during the fellowship period. While proposals are welcome on a wide variety of research topics, proposals will be evaluated based on their extensive use of Emory's collections and on the basis of their unique contribution to scholarship. The length of the fellowship will depend on the applicant's research proposal, but usually ranges from one to four weeks. Proposals must be received by February 26, 2010. The fellowships may be used between April 2010 and March 2011.


Emory has extensive manuscript and rare book holdings related to the Irish literary revival; contemporary American, British, and Irish poetry; southern literature, and African American literature, among other areas of concentration. The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, a collection of more than 75,000 volumes of poetry in English, is housed in MARBL, as are the literary archives of Ted Hughes and of Seamus Heaney.
•The Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Fellowship supports research based in the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, including creative writing projects. • Modern Literature Fellowships are unrestricted and may be used in support of original research in any of MARBL's literary collections.


Emory houses deep collections of African American primary sources, from literature and history to politics and popular culture. Areas of special depth include Black Print Culture, Civil Rights and post-Civil Rights movements, and African American theater and the arts. Among MARBL's extensive rare book holdings is the library of Carter G. Woodson, popularly known as "the father of Negro history."

• The Cannon Fellowship is restricted to faculty members working in African American history and culture who have completed the doctoral dissertation but who have not yet received tenure.
•The Carter G. Woodson Fellowship supports research in the Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Library and related collections.
•The Billops-Hatch Fellowship supports research in the Billops-Hatch and related collections.
•The African American Collections Fellowships are unrestricted and may be used in support of original research in any of Emory's African American collections.

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