Vol. IV

No. 10


Issue no 42: October/November 2007



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1.      The Arnstein Prize


2.      Delaware Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies


3.     Fulbright Award in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies


4.      Huntington Library Fellowship


5.      John Pickard Prize


6.      Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship for French Studies


7.      Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize




1.     Fulbright Award in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies


The Fulbright Programme is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in Ireland in 2007 and is accepting applications for the Fulbright Award in Irish Literary and Cultural Studies. This award is co-sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs in conjunction with the Western Institute of Irish Studies and will be hosted by the University of California-Berkeley English Department during the 2008-2009 academic year. The successful candidate will receive a stipend of €15,000 made available from the Fulbright Commission and a further $10,000 from the University of California, Berkeley.


The UC-Berkeley English Department is home to some of the finest English scholars and students in the United States. The Department encourages the appreciation and analysis of English literature, and, more broadly, of the relations between literary work and other modes of human endeavor. The Department has a strong tradition of work in Irish literary studies. Recent faculty in the field have included Thomas Flanagan, Robert Tracy and David Lloyd. See http:// for further information.

The Scholar will be required to teach a graduate seminar and give a public lecture presenting the research accomplished during the award period. The lecture may be taped and distributed via the Western Institute of Irish Studies


The Scholar must commit to a placement of at least five months. The options are either:


    * the Fall semester (late August through early December) 2008 or     * the Spring semester (January through early May) 2009.


Irish Literary and Culture Studies applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and be able to demonstrate a record of scholarly achievement in Irish literary and cultural studies of any period from the eighteenth century to the present.  They must comply with the following citizenship criteria:

    * Irish citizens who are resident on the island of Ireland.     * EU citizens who are ordinarily resident in Ireland. A person is deemed to be ordinarily resident in the State if s/he has been living here for the past three consecutive years.     * Irish citizens who are ordinarily resident in other EU member states and who are not eligible to apply for a Fulbright award in their country of residence.


Ineligibility Factor US citizens and holders of US immigrant visas (green cards), or applicants for same, are not eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted from candidates who have applied for a non-immigrant (lottery) visa. However, the award of a Fulbright scholarship would preclude a candidate from pursuing such an application.


Please contact The Fulbright Commission for the complete Terms & Conditions / Application form for this award.


Contact: Sonya McGuinness


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The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $2000.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.  The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution.  Nominations and applications for the 2008 award are invited. Please note that the timing of the competition has been moved forward to the fall, with applications due on 30th November 2007.  

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor), and a description of the dissertation research project. The letter should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.  A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below.

Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2007. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2008. Send materials to: Professor Muriel McClendon (chair), Department of History, UCLA, 6265 Bunche Hall, Box 951473, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473 (email:;  Professor Colleen Seguin, Department of History, Huegli Hall 318, Valparaiso University, 1409 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383 (email:; Professor Linda Pollock, Tulane University, Department of History, New Orleans, LA 70118 (email:


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3.     The John Pickard Essay Prize


You are invited to enter a monograph of not more than 2000 words for The John Pickard Essay Prize.  The monograph may be on any individual related to the Pre-Raphaelite circle.  This essay prize is open to everybody.  The winner will receive £100 prize and publication in the Spring 2008 Pre-Raphaelite Society Review and subsequently the essays of runners up may also be published.  The final decision will be made by the Committee of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.Entries are to be received by the Editor by 31st December 2007, and may be emailed to



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4.     University of Delaware Library/Delaware Art Museum Fellowship in Pre-Raphaelite Studies

The University of Delaware Library, in Newark, Delaware, and the Delaware Art Museum are pleased to announce a joint Fellowship in Pre- Raphaelite studies. This short-term, one-month Fellowship, to be awarded in 2008, is intended for scholars conducting significant research in the lives and works of the Pre-Raphaelites and their friends, associates, and followers. Research of a wider scope, which considers the Pre-Raphaelite movement and related topics in relation to Victorian art and literature, and cultural or social history, will also be considered. Projects which provide new information or interpretation—dealing with unrecognized figures, women writers and artists, print culture, iconography, illustration, catalogues of artists’ works, or studies of specific objects--are particularly encouraged, as are those which take into account transatlantic relations between Britain and the United States.

The recipient will be expected to be in residence and to make use of the resources of both the University of Delaware Library and the Delaware Art Museum. They may also take advantage of these institutions’ proximity to other collections, such as the Winterthur Museum and Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Princeton University Library, and the Bryn Mawr College Library. Each recipient is expected to make a public presentation about his or her research during the course of Fellowship residence.

Up to $2,500 is available for the one-month Fellowship. Housing is not provided, but the funds may be used for this purpose, or for travel and other research expenses.

The Fellowship is intended for those who hold a Ph.D. or can demonstrate equivalent professional or academic experience. Applications from independent scholars and museum professionals are welcome. Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest and most important collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States. Assembled largely by the Wilmington industrialist, Samuel Bancroft, Jr., at the turn of the century (with significant subsequent additions), the collection includes paintings and drawings by all the major and minor Pre-Raphaelite artists, as well as decorative arts, prints, photographs, manuscripts, and rare books. The Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, with a reference collection of 30,000 volumes, holds Samuel Bancroft’s papers and correspondence, a rich source for the history of collecting and provenance which also contains significant manuscript material by and about the Rossettis.

The University of Delaware Library has broadly based and comprehensive collection--books, periodicals, electronic resources, microforms, government publications, databases, maps, manuscripts, media, and access to information via the Internet--which provide a major academic resource for the study of literature and art. Many printed and manuscript items related to the Pre-Raphaelites and their associates are in the Special Collections Department, including major archives relating to the Victorian artist and writer, George Adolphus Storey, and to the bibliographer and forger, Thomas J. Wise.  The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, associated with the Special Collections Department, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s.  Its rich holdings comprise 5,000 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper (including drawings by Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti), and ephemera.

To apply send a completed application form, together with a description of your research proposal (maximum 1,000 words) and a curriculum vitæ or résumé, to the address given below. These materials may also be sent via email to: Letters of support from two scholars or other professionals familiar with you and your work are also required.

The deadline for applications is 1st December 2007.

For more information and an application form write to

Pre-Raphaelite Studies Fellowship Committee Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway Wilmington, DE 19806 USA

 or visit

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5.     Robert Colby Scholarly Book Prize


The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals awards this annual prize to the scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper and/or periodical press.  All books exploring periodicals of the period are eligible (including single-author monographs, edited collections, and editions) as long as they have a publication date of 2007.  The winner will receive a plaque and a monetary award of up to $3,000, and will be invited to speak at the RSVP conference at Roehampton University in London (July 4-6).


Previous winners of the Colby Prize are: 


2007:  David Finkelstein, Ed., Print Culture and the Blackwood Tradition.  (University of Toronto Press)

2005-2006:  Linda Hughes, Graham R.: Rosamund Marriott Watson, Woman of Letters. (Ohio University Press) and Peter Morton, The Busiest Man in London: Grant Allen and the Writing Trade,  1875-1900. (Palgrave).


To nominate a book please email Jennifer Phegley by 1st December 2007.  Self-nominations are welcome. 

Jennifer Phegley  Associate Professor  Department of English  University of Missouri-Kansas City  106 Cockefair Hall  5100 Rockhill Road  Kansas City, MO 64110-2499


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6.     Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship for French Studies


The Phi Beta Kappa Society is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship in French Studies.  Please alert potential applicants to this valuable opportunity.  The Fellowship, which includes a stipend of $20,000, is open to unmarried women between the ages of 25 and 35 who hold a doctorate or have completed all PhD coursework short  of a dissertation.  The fellowship year begins September, 2008, and must be devoted to full-time research.


Please direct potential candidates to, where they can find full details and download the application form.  Any help in publicizing the fellowships, including  linking from your association web site, is appreciated.  The deadline for application is 15th January 2008.


If you have any questions, contact


Sam Esquith  Alumni Relations & Awards Coordinator  The Phi Beta Kappa Society  1606 New Hampshire Ave NW  Washington, DC 20009  ph (202) 745 3235  fax (202) 265 0083


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7.     The Arnstein Prize


The Midwest Victorian Studies Association announces the Seventeenth Annual Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies.  It awards $1500 for dissertation research in British Victorian Studies undertaken by a student currently enrolled in a doctoral program in a U.S. or Canadian university.  Proposals may be submitted in literature, history, art history, or musicology; proposals, however, should have a significant interdisciplinary component that will render them of interest to scholars studying Victorian Britain across a range of disciplines, approaches, and subfields. Forms may be requested from Thomas Prasch at or by mail: Department of History, Washburn University, 1700 SW College, Topeka KS 66621.  The deadline for applications is 1st February 2008; the award will be announced at the Association's 2008 annual meeting, to be held in Chicago April 18-20.  The Association reserves the right not to make an award in a given year.

Please contact Tom Prasch if you have any questions.



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