J. M. Stuart Fellowship

Among Brown University’s most prestigious honors for doctoral candidates is the J. M. Stuart Fellowship, which is open to Brown Ph.D. students in the Humanities or Social Sciences whose dissertation topic relates to the early history and culture of the Americas and whose research and writing would benefit from privileged and sustained access to the resources of the John Carter Brown Library, one of the world’s most renowned collections of early Americana.

Stuart Fellows are full members of the international community of scholars in residence at the Library in any given year. In addition, although Stuart fellows are primarily engaged in dissertation research, a distinctive component of this fellowship is the opportunity to gain deeper scholarly command of the collections by working closely with leading curatorial experts on a Library project—such as an exhibition, publication, or website—germane to the fellow's area of interest.

The Stuart Fellow must have completed all preliminary exams and is expected to reside in Providence or nearby for the entire academic year in which the fellowship is awarded. He or she is provided with work space in the Library. Time contributed to work on the Library project, which is a requirement of the fellowship, should average around one day/week.

The Stuart Fellowship carries a stipend equivalent to the Graduate School stipend (approximately $22,000) for a nine-month term, beginning September 1. The Stuart Fellow will also receive a summer stipend that is equivalent but additional to the summer support provided by the Graduate School (currently one-ninth of the academic year stipend), to be used in the summer following their residency at the JCB. Fellows may also apply for up to $1,000 in travel funds for supplementary dissertation research in other collections of primary materials.

Stuart candidates must be nominated by their department chair, but there is no limit to the number of candidates a department may present. Nominations should be sent by email to Margot Nishimura (margot_nishimura@brown.edu), Deputy Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library, by January 31, 2015. Please include name of student(s), area of research, dissertation title, and email address. Application instructions will be forwarded to the candidate upon receipt of nomination and verification by the Graduate School of academic standing. Completed applications will be due to the JCB by Feb. 28, 2015.

Although not required, preference may be given to a candidate whose topic shows the promise of developing into a comparative study, i.e., that incorporates the use of sources from two or more of the following areas: African-American, Amerindian, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Please note that as the funding is intended to provide time and resources to devote to research and writing of the dissertation, it is also understood that the successful candidate will not otherwise be employed, either inside or outside the University, during the term of the Stuart Fellowship.

For more information, please contact Margot Nishimura, Deputy Director and Librarian, at 401-863-1416 or margot_nishimura@brown.edu.

For reference, a list of all current JCB Fellows along with their research topics can be found here: http://www.brown.edu/academics/libraries/john-carter-brown/fellowships/current-fellows