The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), with the support of the Foundation for the National Archives, has announced a new program designed to give researchers the opportunity to conduct original research using records held at National Archives locations in Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Seattle. This is an opportunity for researchers to explore often overlooked records held by NARA and to experience what many researchers have discovered – that you do not have to go to Washington, D.C. to do research at the National Archives.
For 2011, one fellow will be assigned to each of the participating National Archives facilities, for a total of five fellowships. Each fellow will receive a $3,000.00 stipend to assist with travel and research expenses.
Stipend recipients will be expected to complete a research project that results in a publishable work product. In addition, within one year of receiving the fellowship, recipients will be asked to prepare a short report for publication by NARA that describes the research experience – the discovery, method, and use of the records at whatever facility the fellow is working at.
The use of social media tools to spread information about the experience is encouraged. Fellows will also be asked to conduct a staff briefing at the end of their research visit to share information regarding what was found during the research process.
Academic and independent historians, public and local historians, and writers are encouraged to apply. Current NARA employees and contractors or their immediate family members are not eligible.
Submit proposals by e-mail or mail. Either must be postmarked by NOVEMBER 15, 2010.
What to Send:
* A description and justification for the project, not to exceed six pages. This proposal should include:
o a description of consultation with a regional archivist regarding the records to be used for research (there should be enough records to warrant a research visit of at least one week);
o a listing of the records that will be used at the region;
o the proposed final product; and
o the significance of the project to historical scholarship.
* Please also include the following with your proposal:
o Copy of Vita (no more than three pages) including current contact information; and
o Two letters of recommendation
Proposals should be sent by mail or electronic mail directly to the NARA facility the researcher intends to use for the fellowship: