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The UCLA Library Special Collections Research Fellowships Program supports the use of special collections materials by visiting scholars and graduate students. Collections that are administered by UCLA Library Special Collections and available for fellowship-supported research include rare books, journals, manuscripts, archives, printed ephemera, photographs and other audiovisual materials, maps, oral history interviews, and other items in the humanities and social sciences; medical, life, and physical sciences; visual and performing arts; and UCLA history.
The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship will allow scholars to pursue research lasting up to two months in UCLA Library Special Collections. One fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $2,500, to include research in the R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741).
The R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship award is funded by the R.B. Kitaj Studio Project, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the legacy of American painter R.B. Kitaj (1932-2007). The fellowship was initiated to encourage research into and creative work inspired by Kitaj, an internationally renowned painter and intellectual. Born in Ohio, Kitaj spent much of his career in London, where he was a key participant in what is known as the “School of London.” He spent the last decade of his life in Los Angeles. In addition to a rich body of artwork, Kitaj left behind a large collection of papers and musings, now housed at UCLA Library Special Collections in the Charles E. Young Research Library. Kitaj Research Fellow awardees are expected to be in residence at UCLA Library Special Collections and to make use of the R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741).
A finding aid, with a listing of the contents of the collection, is hosted by the Online Archive of California at: R.B. Kitaj Papers (Collection 1741).
United States citizens and permanent residents with the legal right to work in the U.S., who are engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, academic, or independent scholarly research are invited to apply. Research residencies may last up to two months between January 3 and August 31, 2018.
Potential applicants are welcomed to make inquiries or to request a consultation with a curator or public services specialist, by contacting: email@example.com
Applications must be received on or before November 1, 2017.
Applications must include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Outline of research topic and special collections to be used (five pages maximum)
- Brief budget for travel, living, and research expenses
- Dates to be spent in residence
- Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project. Please note that the committee cannot consider letters of recommendation from librarians or staff of the UCLA Library.
Application materials for the fellowship, including letters of recommendation, can be submitted in PDF format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate "R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship" in the subject line. Letters of recommendation in PDF format also can be sent by email, either by the person writing them or by the applicant.
Review Process and Notification
A committee will evaluate the research proposals, and applicants will be notified of its decision by email on or before December 1, 2017. Fellows may be asked to speak briefly about their recent or ongoing research at an informal brownbag session with local scholars during their visit.
Each fellow will be required to speak about his or her research in a “work-in-progress” presentation or program during their visit to UCLA Library Special Collections. This interaction is intended to inspire the fellows and both UCLA and local scholars to write scholarly papers, articles and books, and to contribute to the academic and intellectual life fostered by the UCLA Library.
Fellowship recipients will be asked to cite the R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship in UCLA Library Special Collections in presentations and publications originating from their research visits.
Submit print format applications, or direct questions about fellowships, to:
R.B. Kitaj Research Fellowship
UCLA Library Special Collections
A1713 Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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