LSU Libraries recently announced the availability of graduate student fellowships to support research related to the history of Louisiana and the greater southern United States. Six fellowships of $900 each will be awarded to graduate student researchers whose projects require the use of LSU's Special Collections.
LSU's Special Collections include the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC), which document the region's history and culture. LLMVC is considered the largest collection of materials focused on Louisiana and the lower Mississippi Valley, consisting of more than 5,500 archival collections; 120,000+ volumes of books, periodicals, maps, Louisiana newspapers, and other published material; 2,500 tape-recorded oral history interviews; and approximately 200,000 historic photographs. Coverage extends from colonial land grants to the most current publications on post-Katrina New Orleans.
Applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students in an appropriate discipline with a research focus involving Louisiana history or history of the southern United States. Recipients must use the LSU Libraries' Special Collections for research.
In order to receive the payment of the fellowship stipend, each recipient must write and send to the Head of Special Collections a brief report (1 to 2 pages) stating what Special Collections resources were used and what was accomplished during the recipient's research in Special Collections. This report must be received within one month of the scheduled completion of the recipient's research as noted in his/her application.
To apply, send the following:
1. a statement outlining your research project and how that project will benefit from work in the LSU Libraries' Special Collections; 2. a brief statement indicating how you will use the fellowship funds (e.g. travel, living expenses, duplication expenses, etc.); 3. a schedule indicating when you plan to conduct your research at LSU; 4. your curriculum vitae; and 5. letters of reference from two persons familiar with your scholarship to Library Fellowships, ATTN: L. Browning, 295 Middleton Library, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300; email: email@example.com; fax: 225-578-6825.
There is no deadline. The selection committee (composed of one library faculty member and two faculty members in the Department of History) will consider applications as they are received. Selections will be based on merit until all six fellowships have been awarded.