In recent weeks, the State Historical Society of Iowa has been faced with reorganization and funding cuts, which threaten to reduce access to its irreplaceable collections and to displace staff who have dedicated their careers to helping Iowans learn about their past. Plenty of folks have written about the specifics of the situation (the petition link includes links to many helpful sources to educate yourself), but what I want to focus on is my experience with SHSI, and why that experience makes me believe absolutely in the importance of keeping this organization funded and its records accessible .
I was lucky enough to work at SHSI at the start of my Master’s program, and it was one of the most valuable and enjoyable jobs I’ve had. I started volunteering there when I decided I would apply to the Library and Information Studies program, and later came on as a work-study employee after I was accepted. I bounced around to do a few different things at the Iowa City branch, including some cataloging, preservation/conservation, and special collections (one of my first assignments was working with Civil War and World War I diaries from Iowa veterans, which was challenging and lots of fun). I got to learn about some awesome Iowans through the records they left behind, and their stories are the ones I turn to again and again when I talk with others about the value of preserving history.
Continue reading “Historical Resources at Risk: The Case of the State Historical Society of Iowa”
It has been a long, long time since I’ve gotten the chance to post these (sorry everyone!) I’ve run across some good stuff this week though, so I thought I would share them. Since the international opportunities are across many disciplines, I’ve decided I’m going to start organizing those items by field rather than lumping them all together, but other than that these are organized the same as my earlier posts. Enjoy!
The Women’s Initiative: For a photojournalistic project dealing with violence against women.
Artist Enrichment funding: Through the Kentucky Foundation for Women.
Berlin Prize in Music Composition: American Academy in Berlin.
Manhattan Community Arts Fund: For arts projects serving the lower Manhattan area.
Young People and the Arts: To support professional development (Australia).
Humanities and Social Sciences
Marshall/Baruch Fellowship: For those studying U.S. military or diplomatic history.
University College Cork: Accepting applications for a PhD in digital arts and humanities (Ireland).
Library & Information Science
AAHSL Leadership Program: For those seeking leadership positions in health sciences librarianship.
Theodore Dunham, Jr. Grants: For research in Astronomy.
Stony Wold-Herbert Fund: For people in the New York City area researching pulmonary disease.
The Bicentennial Swedish-American Exchange Fund: To allow a working visit to Sweden.
North Carolina Scholarship: Through the Swedish Women’s Educational Association.
Mott Foundation: Funding for projects related to civil society, the environment, Flint, MI, and to the elimination of poverty.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted these, but I found a few this week that made me think of some of my readers: there is one for art, some for librarianship, and some international opportunities, along with other things (I didn’t put them into their usual categories because there are fewer of them than usual). Happy applying!
Women’s Studio Workshop: Fellowships for artists.
International Reporting Project: Fellowships for journalists.
Grant for Foreign Law Librarians: To attend the AALL annual meeting in Boston.
Historic Archives Program: To encourage anthropologists to preserve their unpublished work.
Prixars: Competition for digital music.
Summer (Paid) Internship: Maryland State Archives.
Charles Wallace Pakistan Trust: For Pakistani researchers to come to the UK.
Visiting Researcher Stipend: UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Rocky Mountain Fellowships: To conduct research in the Rocky Mountains.
Georgia Ornithological Society: Graduate student grants.
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: Fellowship in health-related community service and leadership.
Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology: Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award.
Schultes Research Award: Society for Economic Botany.
Clay Mathematics Institute: Research Fellowships.
Frank Knox Memorial Scholarships: For students from the UK to study at Harvard.
Butterfield Scholarships: For Bermudian students to study abroad.
Humanities Awards: British School at Rome.
Dunlop Asia Fellowships: For Australian students working to improve Australia-Asian relations.
Harrell Family Fellowship: For students to conduct archaeological research in Jordan.
IFK Fellowships: For Austrian students.
American Institute of Iranian Studies: Language training and fellowships.
Post-Doctoral Fellowships: Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto.
Albright Fellowships: A variety of awards available for study in the Middle East. Includes awards for scholars from a variety of countries.
Bikai Fellowship: For archaeological research in Jordan. Open to graduate students of any nationality except Jordanian.
Gen Foundation Grants: In arts and sciences.
University of Cambridge grants and awards: For Scandinavian studies.
Alberta Innovates Graduate Scholarship: For Canadian students.
Modern Greek Language Scholarships: For international applicants to study in Greece.
American Institute of Pakistan Studies: Fellowships.
Scholarships: For Master’s students studying Finland or Finnish.
King Scholarship: For Canadian students.
Inlaks Grant: For Indian students to travel abroad for research.
Library & Information Studies, Museum Studies, Archives
Pinkett Minority Student Award: Society of American Archivists
Holmes Travel Award: For international archivists to attend the SAA annual meeting.
Fellowships: At the Lemelson Center (also for researchers outside LIS).
Loring Research Fellowship: For Civil War-related research.
Mining History Association: Limited travel funds for upcoming conference (deadline is 11/15), also publication awards.
Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science: Fellowships.
Schmitt Research Grants: European, African, or Asian history.
Walpole Fellowships: To study in Yale’s Walpole library.
Postdoctoral Fellowships: For work at UCLA.
Virginia Historical Society: Research fellowships.
Michigan Tech Travel Grants: To use the archives for research.
Thought and Excellence in the Academy Awards: For those teaching in higher education.
2012 Korea Fellowship for American Educators: Open to educators at all levels.
Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship: In law, society, and culture.
Mathematical Sociology: Publication, graduate student paper, and dissertation-in-progress awards.
The Kosciuszko Foundation: Scholarships for American students of Polish descent.
Here are the funding resources I have found this week–in addition to the usual travel grants and such, I have found some funding resources for those in the life sciences that I’ve included.
Support for Faculty/Postdocs
UC San Diego Academic Senate Research Support: For members and those working with members.
CV Starr Center Fellowships: For those writing book-length manuscripts on the Revolutionary war and founding ideals.
McNickle Fellowship: At the Newberry Library; for American Indian Studies.
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Japanese Studies: For recent PhDs to turn their dissertations into publishable manuscripts.
CLIR Fellowships: Postdoctoral fellowships in academic libraries.
Travel Grants for On-Site Research and Conference Attendance
3M/NMRT Travel Grant: For those attending the American Library Association Annual Conference.
Anne S. Brown Military Collection: Travel grants for researchers, artists, and writers to use the collection.
Cushwa Center for Study of American Catholicism: Grants for use of the center’s collections.
Visiting Fellowships: At the Houghton Library (rare books and manuscripts library at Harvard).
Norberg Travel Fund: For those studying the history of information technology to visit the Babbage Institute.
Humanities, Technology, and Social Sciences
Program on US-Japan Relations: Associates (scholars, businesspeople, journalists, etc.) from Japan and the U.S. Also have research fellowships available for faculty.
Methodology, Management, and Statistics: Grants for the development of analytical and statistical methods.
Smithsonian Fellowships: Predoctoral/Graduate and Postdoctoral.
Harry S. Truman Library: Grants for researchers and for those writing dissertations on Truman.
Allen Fellowship: To support the work of women of Native American heritage.
Advanced Simulation and Training Fellowships: For dissertation research; students must be in school in the U.S. or Canada but there seem to be no citizenship restrictions.
Visiting Fellowships: Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
Fellowships: Institute for French-American Studies.
Rediscovering Afghanistan: Funding for projects focusing on Afghanistan’s history and culture.
Individual Artist Fellowships: For artists in New Hampshire.
Art Apprenticeship Program: For Idaho residents to learn as apprentices to other artists.
United Negro College Fund: Scholarships for students at participating universities.
Dolores Liebman Fund: For graduate studies at select schools.
Folklore Fellowships: For newly-admitted graduate students at Utah State. The website says 2009, but the e-mail I got says they are offering it again. I’d be happy to forward it to anyone who is interested.
Life and Natural Sciences
Mote Marine Lab Internships: For college students (undergrad or grad) and recent graduates.
High Altitude Observatory Scientific Visitors: For collaborative projects at HAO in Boulder, CO (my home town!)
Summer Undergraduate Internships: At the High Altitude Observatory.
Awards in Tropical Botany: For PhD students.
Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise: Postdoc opportunities at UCAR.
Student Membership Awards: The American Ornithologists’ Union.
Research Awards: From the Marine Biological Institute.
International Opportunities and Opportunities for non-US residents:
Japan-Language Education Overseas: Covers costs for educators teaching the Japanese language outside of Japan to travel to the country for training. There are a number of opportunities for training through the Japan Foundation.
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science: Postdoctoral and dissertation fellowships.
International Development Research Centre: Visiting Fellowships available for faculty. Other pages on the site have information about funding for graduate students and other scholars from Canada and developing countries.
Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinators: For Japanese nationals to work in the U.S.
Terra Summer Residency: For the study of art and visual culture in America. Residencies take place in Giverny, France.
Goldmann Fellowship Program: For those studying Jewish culture.
Terra travel grants: For those outside the US to come to the country to study American art.
Short-Term Travel Grants: For those studying Central Asia, the Caucuses, and Balkans.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything besides funding updates (grad school will do that to you!) but I have been wanting to post something on listservs for a while. I’m of the opinion that listservs are a stellar way to stay informed about the field, learn about funding and conferences, and more. In fact, several of the publications I’ve been involved in were ones I learned about through listservs. This is especially great for students and new professionals, who are still feeling out their place in the field and want to learn from others. They are also great for anyone who wants to keep up to date on funding opportunities and calls for papers (two of my big focuses right now!)
Below is my “list of lists”–websites that you can go to and sign up for listservs that interest you. Since my focus is in LIS, Social Sciences, and the Humanities, that’s where I have focused my attention–if you know of a similar site I haven’t included, feel free to add it!
ALA Mailing List Service: All the listservs run through the American Library Association. I am an ALA member, but it looks like non-members can sign up too. Just follow the instructions when you hit ‘subscribe.’ After you complete the steps the first time, your e-mail address will be subscribed to other lists with one click.
H-Net Discussion Networks: H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences online) is an awesome resource. They have calls for participation, conference alerts, and a heaping helping of listservs spanning just about every interest. By adding yourself to the lists you are most interested in, you’ll get updates from H-Net (which is very extensive and daunting to browse through) that are relevant to your chosen topics.
Conference Alerts: Most people I know haven’t heard of this one, which makes me feel like I am sharing some great secret with them. This site is incredible–it lists conferences from all over the world and across disciplines. You can search by country or topic. You can also sign up for e-mail alerts that you can customize to include whatever topics you want and whatever countries you want (I have mine set to tell me about conferences in all countries.) Then you’ll get occasional e-mails with a list of upcoming conferences that meet your criteria. I like to browse the list not only to find what conferences I might attend, but also to see if any of my current projects might fit into a call for papers.
WikiCFP: A resource for calls for papers in science and technology. You can sign up for an account, and create your own list of topics you want CFPs for. They also alert followers to new CFPs on Twitter (@WikiCFP.)
Many of the opportunities I’ve come across this week are interdisciplinary, so I have lumped them into broader categories than I might usually. As always, add any to the list that I’ve overlooked!
Library Science, Museum Studies, and Book Studies
The Bibliographical Society: A number of fellowships and bursaries are available for varies interest areas.
Internships: At the Smithsonian; covers a broad range of activities.
Museum Studies Internship: Philadelphia Museum of Art (unpaid).
Collections Intern (unpaid): International Center for Photography.
Summer Internships: National Gallery of Art.
Visiting Fellowship in Law Librarianship: University of London Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant: For students and new professionals interested in preservation.
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences:
Botstiber Felowship: Grants for work that explores relationship between US and Austria.
Bertha Klausner Research Fellowship: For travel to American Heritage Center.
Clements Center for Southwest Studies: Provides support for new scholars writing books.
Clayman Institute for Gender Studies: Research fellowships.
W.R. Poage Legislative Library: Research grants to use the archives.
Tanner Humanities Center: Fellowships for humanistic research in a variety of fields. Middle East studies and the study of women writers are particularly welcome.
Naropa University: Visiting fellowships for scholars, activists, artists, and others studying Buddhism.
Post Graduate Fellowships in Islamic Art and Culture: At the Bard Graduate Center, NYC.
Fellowships in American Art: At the Smithsonian.
Long Term Fellowships in the Humanities: At the Newberry Library.
Research Fellowships: At the John Carter Brown Library; for Colonial American studies.
Visiting Research Scholars: NYU Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
UIUC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship: In African American Studies.
Janet Arnold Award: Society of Antiquaries of London; for those researching Western dress.
Bolin Dissertation and Post-MFA Fellowships: For members of underrepresented groups.
Political Science Funding: Through the NSF.
Wills Research Fellowship: Tennessee Historical Society.
Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship: Cold War/Post-1945 History.
Neiman Fellowships: For arts and culture journalism.
I Tatti Fellowship: For work on the Italian Renaissance.
Fellows Program: At the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
John M. Carey Fellowship: For researching Wyoming and Western history.
Visiting Scholars Program: Institute for Research on Poverty.
Mellon PostDoc Teaching Fellowship: In Penn School of Arts and Sciences.
Research Fellowships and Grants: American Statistical Association.
Funded Fellowships: Through the American Research Center in Egypt.
Woodress Visiting Fellowships: At the Willa Cather Archive.
Postdoctoral Fellowships in East Asian Studies: Johns Hopkins University.
Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants: National Science Foundation.
Philip Jones Fellowship: Ephemera Society of America.
Lewis Walpole Fellowship and Travel Grants: For those wishing to do research at the Walpole library.
Hoover Library Travel Grant: For conducting research at the Hoover presidential library in Iowa.
Terra Foundation for American Art: Scholarships and Grants
Drugs, Security and Democracy Program: For researchers who are PhD candidates or recent PhD recipients.
Research Fellowships: John Carter Brown library.
Mellon PostDoc Teaching Fellowship: In Penn School of Arts and Sciences.
Princeton Center for Human Values: Teaching fellowships, graduate student prizes, and more.
SlowArts: For emerging artists, prizes and publication for select artists.
William Flanagan Creative Persons Center: Summer Fellowships for Artists.
Sidney Sussex Research Fellowships: For three years from September 1, 2012. One for arts and social sciences, one for “hard” sciences.
Rowntree Charitable Trust: For those studying the conflict in Northern Ireland.
Palestine Exploration Fund : For study of biblical Palestine and the Levant.
Visiting Fellowships: School of Advanced Study, University of London.
Centenary Bursaries: Through the British School at Athens.
Fellowship Programme: University of London Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Anthropology Field School: In Malta. Submit research concepts (can be unrelated to Malta) for consideration.
UNESCO/Japan Young Researchers Fellowships: For researchers from developing countries.