The john w. Kluge center at the library of congress invites qualified scholars to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship for advanced research based on the alan lomax collection. The lomax collection is a major collection of ethnographic field audio recordings, motion pictures, photographs, manuscripts, correspondence and other materials that represent lomax’s lifetime of work to document and analyze traditional music, dance, storytelling and other expressive genres that arise from cultural groups in many parts of the world, particularly the united states, england, scotland, ireland, italy, spain, and the caribbean. Lomax (1915-2002) was one of the greatest documenters of traditional culture during the twentieth century.
The alan lomax fellows program, initially established for a period of five years, supports scholarly research that contributes significantly to a greater understanding of the work of lomax and the cultural traditions he documented over the course of a vigorous and highly productive seventy-year career. It provides an opportunity, for a period of up to 8 months, for concentrated use of materials from the lomax collection and other collections of the library of congress, through full-time residency at the library. The program supports research projects in the disciplines of anthropology, ethnomusicology, ethnography, ethno-history, dance, folklore and folklife, history, literature, linguistics, and movement analysis, with particular emphasis on the traditional music, dance, and narrative of the united states, england, scotland, ireland, italy, spain, and the caribbean, as well as methodologies for their documentation and analysis. We encourage interdisciplinary projects that combine disciplines in novel and productive ways.
Applicants may be of any nationality. A ph.d. Degree or equivalent terminal degree is preferred.
Tenure & stipend
The alan lomax fellowship in folklife studies is for a period of up to 8 months, at a stipend of $4,200 per month, for residential research at the library of congress. The library of congress will pay stipends monthly by means of electronic transfer to a u.s. Bank account. Transportation arrangements, housing, and health care insurance and costs are the responsibility of the fellow. The library will provide fellows with information on housing and can provide fellows with contacts for commercial providers of health care insurance. The library is required to ensure that nonresident alien visitors maintain minimum levels of medical insurance, and will provide information about insurers that offer qualifying policies to nonresident aliens.
Applicants must submit:
Successful proposals will clearly indicate the purpose and principal scholarly contribution of the project, and the benefit to the project of working in the library of congress using the lomax materials and, if applicable, the library’s other collections.
Please check back later for the next application period. Application materials must be submitted by the deadline date via the kluge center’s online application system.
The lomax fellow is expected to develop research of a publishable quality. As a library of congress resident scholar, fellows are also expected to make at least one public presentation about their research and to participate actively in kluge center events and programs as appropriate.
Completed application packets should be submitted via the kluge center’s online application system. Applications submitted via email, fax, or regular mail will not be considered. For questions about application procedures, eligibility, stipend or deadlines, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to us at:
The alan lomax fellowship in folklife studies
the john w. Kluge center / office of scholarly programs
library of congress, lj-120
101 independence avenue, se
washington, dc 20540-4860
tel. 202 707-3302; fax 202 707-3595