11 September 2019 / Research Grants

Harry Ransom Center Fellowships

The Harry Ransom Center invites applications for its 2020–2021 research fellowships.

The Ransom Center will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history.

The deadline for applications, which must be submitted through the Center’s website, is November 11, 2019, 5 p.m. CST. All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must have a Ph.D. or be independent scholars with a substantial record of achievement.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,500 per month. Travel stipends and dissertation fellowships provide stipends of $2,000. For all fellowship categories, an additional, one-time $500 stipend will be provided to individuals who are a citizen or resident of a country other than the U.S. to contribute to the costs associated with the J-1 visa and/or international travel to Austin. Fellowship residencies may be scheduled between June 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021. During the fellowship, scholars will work on-site at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

Fellows will become part of a distinguished group of alumni. Since the fellowship program’s inauguration in 1990, the Ransom Center has supported the research of more than 1,000 scholars from around the world. For details and application instructions, click here.

Questions about the fellowship program or application procedures should be directed to


THEATER BIOGRAPHY COLLECTION The massive Theater Biography Collection (over 500 linear feet) is a growing collection that documents the careers of British and American performing arts figures. A searchable database includes over 11,000 entries for the Biography Collection and over 5,500 entries for the Performing Arts Card Photograph Collection.

DANCE Ballet Russes Costumes, Richard Buckle, Mary McLarry Bywaters, James Clouser, Marquis George de Cuevas, Dance Costume Collection, Fred Fehl Dance Photographs, Joffrey Ballet Collection, Lincoln Kierstein Scrapbooks, May O’Donnell Collection, Giovanni Vittorio Rosi, Rhonda Winter Russell, Ruth St. Denis’ Radha, Ted Shawn Collections

PLAYWRIGHTS AND COMPOSERS Maxwell Anderson, Sebastian Barry, Samuel Beckett, Edward Chodorov, T.S. Eliot, David Hare, Lillian Hellman, John Holmstrom, Alfred Jarry, Adrienne Kennedy, David Mamet, Terrence McNally, Arthur Miller, John Osborne, J. B. Priestley, Elmer Rice, George Bernard Shaw, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Arnold Wesker, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Sandy Wilson

DIRECTORS Frith Banbury, John Russell Brown, Harold Clurman, Augustin Daly, Harley Granville-Barker, Joan Littlewood, Edward Mangum, B. Iden Payne, James Roose-Evans Konstantin Stanislavsky

PERFORMERS Stella Adler, Wilson Barrett, Sarah Bernhardt, Edwin Booth, Chris Castor, Charles Dibdin Family, Robert Downing, Edith Evans, Spalding Gray, Burl Ives, Anne Jackson, Peter O’Toole, Ada Rehan, J. Scott Smart, Laurette Taylor, Eli Wallach, Virginia Vernon, Roland Young

DESIGN Boris Aronson, B.J. Simmons Costume Co., Norman Bel Geddes, Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes, Gordon Conway, Edward Gordon Craig, Eldon Elder, L. & H. Nathan Costume Designs, James Newton

MUSIC, MUSICAL THEATER, AND OPERA Merle Armitage Scrapbooks, The Black Crook Collection, Paul Bowles, Concert Programs Collection, Harry H. Frazee, Patrice Munsel, Musicians Collection, Opera Collection, Irra Petina, Sheet Music Collection, John Philip Sousa, Jule Styne, Arnold Sundgaard, Fred Waring, Jerome Weidman

VARIETY PERFORMANCE Barnum & Bailey Collection, Chautauqua Collection, Chauve-Souris Collection, Circus Collection, Circus Costume Collection, Al Emmett Fostell Papers, Harry Houdini, Magic Collection, McManus-Young Magic Book Collection, Minstrel Show Collection, Pantomime Collection, Tony Pastor, Popular Entertainments Collection, Puppetry Collection, Joe E. Ward Circus Collection, “Sliding” Billy Watson, Uncle Tom’s Cabin Collection

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS Joseph Abeles, Fred Fehl, Bob Golby, Al Hirschfeld, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Prints Collection, Poster Collection, Production Photo Collection

CRITICS, MANAGERS, COMPANIES, MISC. Donald Albery, Max Beerbohm, Donald Wolfit Shakespeare Co., Morris Gest, Mel Gussow, William Winter, Audrey Wood, Florenz Ziegfeld, Opera Collection, Playbills & Programs Collection

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