Readers of this blog might be interested in details of the 2011 Visiting Scholar Program at the Leather Archives & Museum. I’ve was fortunate enough to visit the Chicago museum last year and this strikes me as a fantastic scheme for developing scholarship and resources in this area. Details are below:
The Leather Archives & Museum [LA&M] announces the second annual Visiting Scholar Program for the Fall 2011 or Spring 2012 academic terms. A stipend of $1,000 to $1,500 will be awarded to one recipient scholar to conduct research using the
collections of the LA&M. The amount of the award will be dependent on the scope of the proposed project. A $500 travel allowance and up to four weeknight accommodations will also be provided to the recipient. The award is available to three types of scholars:
2) Graduate students pursuing an MA, MFA or PhD
3) Independent scholars with an established research agenda.
– 33% of stipend and 100% of travel allowance paid at this time
– 33% of stipend paid at this time
– 33% of stipend paid at this time.
2) Project title and one paragraph abstract
3) A 1,500 to 2,000 word double-spaced descriptive narrative of the project
a. What is the subject of the research?
b. What is the scope of the project?
c. What sources do you plan to use?
d. What is the anticipated product of your research?
e. What contribution to current historic or cultural research will this project make?
4) A separate page to address the following questions:
a. How well will the result of your project be suited for publication in peer reviewed scholarly journals, in the LA&M’s publication The Leather Times, or as source material for an exhibition (either at the LA&M or online)?
b. If this is part of a larger project, how much work have you completed to this point? What additional research will follow your visit to the LA&M?
c. How many days of onsite research at the LA&M do you anticipate will be needed for your project? This is for planning purposes only, and will not be used to judge applications.
d. How did you hear about the Visiting Scholar Program at the Leather Archives & Museum?
5) A letter of reference
A paper copy and electronic copy of the application package should be sent to:
Leather Archives & Museum
Visiting Scholar Program
6418 N Greenview Ave
Chicago, IL 60626
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