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Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts

Thanks to the generosity of the Ahmanson Foundation, the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CMRS) and the UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) are pleased to announce the new Ahmanson Research Fellowships for the Study of Medieval and Renaissance Books and Manuscripts. The fellowships support the use of the extensive medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in LSC, which primarily are organized into collections such as the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts.

The fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to graduate students or postdoctoral scholars who need to use these collections for graduate-level or postdoctoral independent research. Recipients will receive a stipend of $2,500/month for fellowships lasting up to three months. Graduate students or scholars holding a PhD (or the foreign equivalent) who are engaged in graduate-level, postdoctoral, or independent research are invited to apply. Please note that housing and office space is not provided for Fellows.

Additional requirements: To accept the award, non-UCLA graduate students will be required to obtain Visiting Graduate Researcher status and pay the associated fees; students from other University of California campuses may be able to come to UCLA as Intercampus Exchange Students.  Independent PhD scholars or those holding faculty positions at other institutions may be required to obtain approval from UCLA  Graduate Division or Academic Personnel Office in order to accept the award. Non-US citizens must obtain an appropriate visa. 

Applications are due March 2, 2015, for fellowships to be taken between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016.

The application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Outline of research and special collections to be used (two pages maximum)
  • Dates to be spent in residence
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or other scholars familiar with the research project.

Application materials may be submitted by e-mail (PDF format preferred) to cmrs@humnet.ucla.edu, or by mail to:

UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Attention: Ahmanson Fellowships
302 Royce Hall
Box 951485
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1485


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