Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2013-14

The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in residence at the Newberry. If you study the humanities, we have something for you. Our collection is wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes eccentric. We promise you remarkable materials; a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs. All applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the Newberry’s core collection before applying.


These fellowships support research and writing by post-doctoral scholars. The purpose is to support fellows as they develop or complete larger-scale studies which draw on our collections, and also to nourish intellectual exchange among fellows and the Library community. Fellowship terms range from four to twelve months with stipends of up to $50,400. Deadline: December 1, 2012.


PhD candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible for short-term fellowships. The purpose is to help researchers gain access to specific materials at the Newberry that are not readily available to them elsewhere. Short-term fellowships are usually awarded for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago area. Stipends are $2000 per month. We also invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three scholars to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Each scholar on a team-fellowship is awarded a full stipend. Deadline: January 15, 2013.

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Call for Submissions

Poetry, prose, and art is now being accepted for the inaugural issue of (RED) the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas (NWCA) literary and art journal. It will be available online and print on demand. The first special issue is titled: HUMMA (RED): A Journal of Indigenous Literature and Art will celebrate 20 years of NWCA and Returning the Gift. DEADLINE November 1st, 2012. About the journal: Our mission is to promote, encourage, and ensure that the voice of Native and Indigenous/ Indigenous-descended writers and storytellers–past, present, and future–are heard around the world. In addition to this, we seek to create a space for Indigenous inclusive, well composed, traditional, contemporary, adventurous, and interdisciplinary arts (literary and visual). We support artists of Native/Indigenous descent who give expression to survivals, voices, and unique gazes on life in the paracolonial Americas. While we encourage ALL Native/Indigenous artists, we seek to publish the best of the best, high-quality, well-composed art, both literary and visual. Each issue of the journal will be titled “Red” in a tribal language, with (RED): A Journal of Indigenous Literature and Art acting as the over-all subtitle for the journal. The inaugural issue is titled HUMMA, the Choctaw word for red, and will celebrate 20 years of NWCA and Returning the Gift (RTG). The name HUMMA, celebrates Oklahoma as the site of the first RTG and the headquarters of NWCA for 20 years. As such, we will highlight past NWCA first book award winners as well as Lifetime Achievement award winners, alongside general submissions. For General Submissions: Please send 3-4 previously unpublished poems (no more than 7 pages total); for prose send no more than 2,500 words of short fiction or novel chapter. We do allow simultaneous submissions but should your work be accepted elsewhere, please notify us immediately.

Please send all submissions as a single document. Include a cover letter with your name, contact information (including snail mail and e-mail), Indigenous affiliation and/or ancestry (descent), and the titles of your submitted works. Your name should not appear on the works themselves. Your submission will go through a blind editorial review process. For art, please follow guidelines above but submit only 1-2 original images as a jpg. If your work is accepted, you will be asked for a bio. Please do not send one with your submission.

Please send submission by November 1st 2012 to: If you have any questions please e-mail us at: Our site will go live Winter 2012/13 when we launch our first issue.

The Native American Literature Symposium 2013, March 21 – 23.

The annual NALS conference will be held at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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