Graduate Student Research Fellowship
The Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS) is accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Graduate Student Research Fellowship. The fellowship has been established to encourage emerging scholars to engage with the rich physical and digital manuscript resources at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, including the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection and the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts. Working closely with a SIMS staff member, the fellow will have the opportunity to develop a project and gain experience working in a collaborative, digital humanities environment. The fellow will be expected to present his or her research at Penn Libraries either during the term of the fellowship or on a selected date following the completion of the term.The fellow may undertake research on any aspect of the collections of premodern manuscripts in the Penn Libraries. Research proposals are invited from any area of manuscript studies, including but not limited to the study of the material text, scripts, decoration and illustration, paleography, codicology, binding, provenance, and the history of libraries and collecting. Proposals should demonstrate that the Libraries’ premodern manuscript resources are integral to proposed research topics. Proposals with a digital component are encouraged though not required.
The fellow will receive a total stipend of $7200 to be dispersed over a nine-month period beginning September 1, 2021, through May 31, 2022. During this time the fellow will be expected to spend 10 hours/week at the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at Penn Libraries and attend regular meetings with SIMS staff. Precise beginning and end dates and a weekly schedule will be determined in consultation with the fellow upon appointment.
The fellowship is available to all graduate students attending universities in the greater Philadelphia area during the 2021-2022 academic term. International students at these institutions are welcome to apply but must be work eligible according to their visa terms and have approval from their host institution.