Category Archives: Funding

CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH GRANTS 

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than April 1, 2017.

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress.  The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress.  Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $1,000,000 to support over 462 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is April 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in May.

The Center has allocated up to $30,000 in 2017 for grants with individual awards capped at $3,500

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.

The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Download the Word document — Congressional Research Grant Application — and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or pdf attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman at fmackaman@dirksencenter.org. Please insert the following in the Subject Line:  “CRG Application [insert your surname].” Thank you.

The Congressional Research Grant Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Grant Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter (reference Letter not to exceed one page—additional pages will not be forwarded to the judges), and Overhead Waiver Letter.

The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

All application materials must be received on or before April 1 of the current year. Grants will be announced in May.

Complete information about what kinds of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Grant pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center’s Website:http://dirksencenter.org/print_programs_crgs.htm. PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman is the program officer – fmackaman@dirksencenter.org.

Cindy Koeppel

The Dirksen Congressional Center

2815 Broadway Rd.

Pekin, IL 61554

P: 309.347.7113

E: ckoeppel@dirksencenter.org

Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant

Do you have a project that is just waiting for the right funding?  Are you thinking about ways that libraries can improve services to users?

The American Library Association (ALA) gives an annual grant for those conducting research that will lead to the improvement of services to users.  The Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant is given to one or more librarians or library educators who will conduct innovative research that could lead to an improvement in services to any specified group of people.

The grant, up to $3,000, will be given to a proposed project that aims to answer a question of vital importance to the library community that is national in scope. Among the review panel criteria are:

The research problem is clearly defined, with a specific question or questions that can be answered by collecting data. The applicant(s) clearly describe a strategy for data collection whose methods are appropriate to the research question(s). A review of the literature, methodologies, etc. is not considered research (e.g., methodology review rather than application of a methodology) for purposes of the award, except where the literature review is the primary method of collecting data.

The research question focuses on benefits to library users and should be applied and have practical value as opposed to theoretical.

The applicant(s) demonstrate ability to undertake and successfully complete the project. The application provides evidence that sufficient time and resources have been allocated to the effort. Appropriate institutional commitment to the project has been secured.

Any ALA member may apply, and the Jury would welcome projects that involve both a practicing librarian and a researcher.

Deadline is February 10, 2017.

Procedures and an application form are available at:  http://www.ala.org/offices/ors/orsawards/baberresearchgrant/babercarroll.  See the section on How to Apply

Also see related documents linked near the bottom of the page for:

Schedule and Procedures http://www.ala.org/offices/ors/orsawards/baberresearchgrant/schedandprocedures

 

Proposal Requirements and Application Cover Sheet: http://www.ala.org/offices/ors/orsawards/baberresearchgrant/requirements

The full press release is available at: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2016/12/carroll-preston-baber-research-grant-now-accepting-proposals-2017-award

Questions?   Contact Billie Peterson-Lugo, Baylor University, at billie_peterson@baylor.edu.

 

Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as “ReadMOre,” a reading list for Missouri’s state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as “Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography.”

Applications must be received by November 6, 2016. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2017.

More information and guidelines are available on the ALA website or by contacting Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; Fax (312) 280-5275; email: mbolduc@ala.org.

OpenCon

OpenCon is the conference and community for students and early career professionals interested in advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. OpenCon 2016 will be held on November 12-14 in Washington, DC. Each year, OpenCon brings together a diverse, representative, and engaged group of participants, with travel scholarships available to most participants. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon 2016 is by application only.

The benefits of applying for OpenCon 2016 extend far beyond attending the Washington, DC meeting. It’s an opportunity to find collaborators, get connected with scholarships to attend related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. To find out more about OpenCon before applying, click here. To learn more about these issues, click here.

Applications are due by Monday July 11 at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.

Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 are now open! Attendance at OpenCon 2016 is by application only as most participants receive travel scholarships if needed, but anyone can attend remotely.

 

Postdoctoral Fellow of Special Collections and Digital Humanities

Description: The University of Delaware Library and the College of Arts and Sciences invite applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow of Special Collections and Digital Humanities. We seek an untenured scholar in the humanities (PhD received January 2010 – June 2016). The mission of the Fellow is to promote primary sources related to African American culture found in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library through collaborative instruction, programming, creative outreach, and project development. The fellowship is a residential one-year academic appointment (September 2016-August 31, 2017), renewable up to three years. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. We are looking for an engaged humanist whose educational background suits her or him to work at the intersection of the classroom, the museum and/or archive, and the digital realm. Relevant training in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.

This is a dual reporting line assigned to an academic department in the College of Arts and Science and Special Collections in the University of Delaware Library. The SC/DH fellow will pursue his or her own research project and teach one class per academic year that engages students with UD’s special collections materials and showcases those materials. The SC/DH fellow will also serve on and work with a budgeted committee made up of library staff and UD humanities faculty designed to coordinate classes, projects, exhibitions, lectures, and public events related to UD’s special collections.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep working knowledge of UD Library’s Special Collections holdings, particularly African American sources http://library.udel.edu/spec Applicants must submit a plan for two classes (one undergraduate and one graduate class) that will make use of these sources, particularly the Alice Dunbar Nelson papers and the Gregory C. Wilson collection of African-American postcards and trade cards. The letter of application should be specific in describing the intersection of personal research interests with primary sources available in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

Qualifications: PhD in a humanities discipline received January 2010June 2016; experience with archival research and use of primary sources in personal scholarship; experience with digital platforms and technologies, especially in the area of teaching; experience in teaching undergraduates; strong computer skills, including fluency in platforms such as Omeka, Scripto, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, and video and audio editing software.

General Information: The University of Delaware has a long tradition of excellence beginning in 1743 and extending to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. The University provides a broad range of academic programs at the undergraduate, master, and doctoral levels. There are over 1,100 full-time faculty and 4,000 staff serving a student body of over 21,000. Located in Newark, Delaware, with its 970-acre campus, the University of Delaware is situated one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York and Washington, D.C.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) encourages and supports innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and engagement with local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. Humanities departments include Art Conservation; Art History; English; History; Languages, Literature and Cultures; and Philosophy. CAS includes numerous interdisciplinary Programs and Centers, such as the renowned Center for Material Culture Studies, the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and Museum Studies. http://www.cas.udel.edu

Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library houses the rare books, special topical collections, manuscripts, archives, photographs, maps, graphic materials, ephemera collections, audio-visual materials, and electronic records that comprise the primary historical sources and special collecting areas of the Library. Special Collections has significant holdings related to History and Delawareana; Chemistry; history of Science and Technology; the fine, decorative, and applied Arts; English, American, and Irish literature; and Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. These collecting areas focus on the University’s program strengths of the such as Chemistry, Engineering, the Hagley Graduate Program in History, the Longwood program in Public Horticulture, the Winterthur programs in American Material Culture and Art Conservation, and more. http://library.udel.edu/spec/

The University of Delaware Library collections, which are broadly based and comprehensive, include over 2.8 million volumes. The Library (http://library.udel.edu) makes accessible a broad range of electronic resources, including approximately 50,000 electronic and print journals, over 370 databases, and over 26,000 videos. In 2014, the University of Delaware Library became the first member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) to replace its traditional Library Information System with OCLC’s WMS (WorldShare Management Services) cloud-based system. The Library is a member of ARL, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). Recent projects at the Library have included the use of Omeka for online exhibits and support for the Colored Conventions digital humanities project. Ongoing projects include enhancements to the institutional repository UDSpace and direct linking to digital collections stored in Artstor and UDSpace. For information about DH at UD, please visit http://www.ihrc.udel.edu and http://guides.lib.udel.edu/digitalhumanities

Benefits: Vacation of 22 working days. TIAA-CREF or Fidelity retirement with 11% of salary contributed by the University. Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and course fee waiver for employee. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available online: http://www.udel.edu/Benefits/

To Apply: Please submit the following in a single document (PDF) following University of Delaware application instructions at http://www.udel.edu/udjobs/

  1. Complete curriculum vita
  2. Letter of application that discusses areas of research and teaching, along with experience with digital tools and pedagogy. Please be specific in noting the platforms and tools (software, applications, interfaces) with which you have experience and the level of your experience (no more than 2 pages)
  3. The names and contact information of three employment references

Equal Employment Opportunity: Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html library.udel

Library Research Awards 2016/17

http://library.barnard.edu/news/Announcing-Library-Research-Awards-201617

The Barnard Library will award two grants of $2,500 to researchers using its Archives, Zine Library or Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) collection.

Undergraduate and graduate students, professors and independent scholars from outside the New York metropolitan area are encouraged to apply.

Particular strengths of the three collections are the history of the college, second and third wave feminist and LGBTQ print ephemera (1970s-present newsletters, pamphlets, zines, etc.), riot grrrl, late 20th century girlhood, 20th century women’s education, NYC modern dance history, representations of women’s sexuality and embodiment, contemporary zine culture, zines by women of color. Find out more about each collection by visiting its individual website: Archives, BCRW, Zines.

Award money may be used for whatever will facilitate the researcher’s work at Barnard, e.g., travel, housing, childcare.

Applications will be accepted through February 29, 2016. Award notifications will be sent to applicants by April 30, 2016 for research to be conducted at Barnard during the period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

Librarians at Barnard were inspired to create this program by similar awards at Columbia University and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture