Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant Program 2018

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant Program 2018

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals ( RSVP)

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals ( RSVP)

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RSVP Field Development Grant

The RSVP Field Development Grant was created with funds from a generous bequest to RSVP by the late Eileen Curran, pioneering researcher and Emerita Professor of English at Colby College. The grant is intended to support one or a team of researchers in creating resources that will facilitate the work of other scholars in their studies of 19tn-century British newspapers and periodicals.

Application deadline for awards beginning in 2019: March 15, 2018

Award notification:  Not later than May 15, 2018 

I. General Information

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) intends to grant one RSVP Field-Development Grant to a single researcher or a team of researchers pursuing a project that would facilitate research by other scholars. Two smaller awards may be given if the right projects present themselves.  The amount of the award will be up to $27,500.

Eligible projects must articulate how the proposed resource will enhance the ability of other scholars to conduct significant research in the history of nineteenth-century British newspapers and periodicals. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, collaborative projects to produce print or digital publications; demonstration projects that make use of new technologies; research tools such as indices and bibliographies; digitization efforts; and workshops or seminars that address research methods for the study of periodicals.

Regardless of method or type, projects supported by RSVP Field Development Grants must advance the study of the nineteenth-century British periodical press in any of its manifold forms, and may range from within Britain itself to the many countries, within and outside of the Empire, where British magazines and newspapers were bought, sold, and read during the “long nineteenth century” (ca. 1780-1914).

The RSVP Field Development Grant is intended to provide researchers with the opportunity to form meaningful collaborations that will advance the field of periodical studies.  Thus, awards can be divided among participants and be used for salary replacement; travel; research or technical assistants; the purchase of necessary hardware or software; securing permissions or rights; or other research expenses directly related to the project.  Indirect costs are not permitted; cost sharing is not required. Award money is disbursed to the project’s principal investigator, or his/her institutional representative, who assumes responsibility for its accounting and reporting.

Grant funding must begin during the 2019 calendar year.  Grant funds must be expended within one year of the start of the award.  (Individuals seeking fellowship support should consider the RSVP Linda H. Peterson Fellowship or the Curran Fellowships Program.)

The RSVP Field Development Grant Program is funded by a generous bequest from the estate of Eileen Curran (1927-2013).  An Associate Editor of The Wellesley Index and the founder of The Curran Index, Eileen committed her life to deepening and broadening our understanding of 19th-century British periodicals.  Her vision of the importance of primary research and research tools to accomplish such research animates this grant competition.

II. Eligibility

Eligible projects must involve substantial research in nineteenth-century primary sources, whether those sources appear in print, manuscript, or digital facsimile.

An application must designate a principal investigator to coordinate the award.

A principal investigator can serve as a principal investigator on only one application per competition.  However, collaborators can be included on more than one application.

Those holding academic appointments as well as independent or retired scholars are welcome to apply as either collaborators or as principal investigators.  While the principal investigator may employ graduate or undergraduate assistants on the project, those enrolled in degree programs at the application deadline are not eligible to serve as principal investigators.  Applicants may be based anywhere in the world.

In the spirit of Eileen Curran’s lifework, the RSVP Field Development Grant program is committed to enabling and expanding research opportunities on the periodical press in Britain and its empire during the long nineteenth century. Competitive applications, therefore, must include a clear statement describing how the field of periodical studies will be advanced by the project.

Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to become RSVP members.

Applicants may hold grants or fellowships from other organizations concurrent with a RSVP Field-Development Grant.


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