2012 James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships

UCLA Library Special Collections  

The James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Research Fellowships support the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and UCLA graduate students. Collections that are administered by the newly integrated UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include materials in the humanities and social sciences, medicine, life and physical sciences, visual and performing arts, and UCLA history.

Research residencies may last up to three months between February 1 and December 14, 2012. Recipients receive stipends ranging from $500 to $2,500. (Awards vary yearly. Grants in 2010 averaged $1,013; in 2011, $1,167.) Those receiving fellowships are expected to provide a report on the results of their research that can be mounted on the UCLA Library Web site. Fellows may have the opportunity to speak about their research at an informal brown-bag session with local scholars during their visit.

United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S. who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, or independent research are invited to apply.

Application Contents

Applications are due November 18, 2011, and should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library. 

Application Instructions

Application materials can be submitted in PDF format by email, which is the preferred submission method. Letters of recommendation in PDF format can also be sent by email, either by the people writing them or by the applicant.

Applications can also be submitted in print format; mail to:
James and Sylvia Thayer Fellowship Program
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575

Questions about the fellowships can be mailed to the address above or emailed.

Download 2012 Thayer Research Fellowships announcement (Adobe PDF document) 

for more information go to http://www.library.ucla.edu/special/thayer.cfm

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