Ephemera Fellowship

Posted in fellowships by Editor on January 10, 2010

Ephemera Society of America Fellowship
Applications due by 1 February 2010

The Ephemera Society of America invites applications for the Philip Jones Fellowship for the Study of Ephemera. This competition is open to any interested individual or organization for research on any aspect of ephemera — material defined as transitory printed documents. It is expected that this research will further one or more aims of the Society: To cultivate and encourage interest in this material; to further the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of ephemera by people of all backgrounds and levels of interest; to contribute to cultural understanding; to promote personal and institutional collections, preservation, exhibition, and research of ephemeral materials. The $1,000 stipend can be applied to travel and research expenses.

Ephemera includes paper material such as advertisements, airsickness bags, baseball cards, billheads, bookmarks, bookplates, broadsides, cigar box labels and bands, cigarette cards, clipper ship cards, currency, board and card games, greeting cards, invitations, labels, menus, paper dolls, postcards, posters, puzzles and puzzle cards, stock certificates, tickets, timetables, trade cards, valentines, watch papers, and wrappers.

Applications for this fellowship should include a one- or two-page description of the project and its goals and a resume listing the applicant’s qualifications to undertake the research. The selection criteria include the importance of the project and whether it can be shared with members and the public and the project’s relationship to ephemera and the mission of the organization. Applications are due February 1, 2010. They should be sent electronically to: Georgia Barnhill (gbarnhill@mwa.org). A decision will be reported to the successful individual or organization by March 1 and will be announced at the Society’s annual meeting and conference March 19-21, 2010, in Old Greenwich, Conn. The successful candidate will be expected to write a report about the project for The Ephemera Society.

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