Mendel Fellowships, The Lilly Library of Indiana University, USA

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Indiana University Bloomington USAThe Lilly Library invites applications for visiting fellowships for research in residence in its collections. The Lilly Library is the principal rare book and manuscript library of Indiana University. Its holdings support research in British, French, and American literature and history; the literature of voyages and exploration, specifically the European expansion in the Americas; early printing, and the Church, children’s literature, music; film, radio and television; medicine, science, and architecture; and food and drink.

The Lilly Library of Indiana University invites applications for fellowships of up to $40,000 during the academic year in support of research in the library’s Bernardo Mendel collections, as noted below.

Established through a bequest by the estate of Johanna Lenz Mendel in 1998, the Mendel Fellowships are intended to support research by scholars from around the world in areas of particular interest to the Mendels, including: the history of the Spanish Colonial Empire; Latin American independence movements; European expansion in the Americas; voyages, travels and exploration; geography, navigation and cartography; German literature and history; and music, including sheet music. The amount of the stipend is based on the length of stay, which may range from one week to a full academic year. The fellowship is intended to cover travel to the Lilly Library and living expenses while in residence.

There is no special application form: Candidates, ranging from doctoral research students to senior scholars, should submit a curriculum vitae, a 2-3 page proposal for their projects, including the specific holdings they intend to consult, two letters of recommendation, and a indication of length of stay, which may include the summer months.

Application deadline:
No applications will be accepted in the fall of 2013. The next application deadline is April 15, 2014.

Send applications for Helm and Mendel Fellowships to:
The Lilly Library
Indiana University Libraries
1200 East Seventh Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405
(812) 855-2452
(812) 855-3143 (fax)

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.

One comment on “Mendel Fellowships, The Lilly Library of Indiana University, USA

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    My graduate level study background in military studies makes me interested to learn more about global politics, regional cooperation, international relation and security strategy. I have a dream of working in international environment in order to share my knowledge with esteemed international community and contribute to global peace and conflict/ strategy. Partially that dream came into being through my tour of duties as peacekeeper. I have another dream: that is to pursue higher study in international and global atmosphere and thereby sharing common understanding and learning from versatile environment. Such quest would also enlighten me to a great extent. In order to do so, it is necessary for me to enrich me with intense knowledge on international affairs. My earnest attentiveness in getting admitted into a well reputed institution would certainly fulfill my thirst for knowledge. My academic knowledge and job experience on diverse international issues make me a suitable candidate for such program. I believe I can capitalize the opportunity of enriching myself and sharing same with others if I am provided with the opportunity of pursuing my higher studies in any such institution. In this regards, I look forward to your kind response, Sir.


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