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August 14, 2000

Fellowships in International Studies Available

The Library of Congress, the Association of American Universities, and the American Council of Learned Societies are pleased to announce the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies. Even as the world is increasingly interconnected, the ability to interpret the histories and cultures of other nations, through their own languages, is a challenge that requires years of patient study. These fellowships will help to meet that challenge by providing support to postdoctoral scholars in the humanities and social sciences for four to 11 months of residence in Washington to use the foreign language collections of the Library of Congress.

"The international collections of the Library of Congress are unparalleled in their richness and diversity," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. "These holdings are a vital asset in furthering global understanding, and their availability and accessibility, coupled with the expertise provided by the Library's curatorial experts, create a rich resource for discovery and interpretation by American scholars seeking to understand other nations. We are pleased to be able to offer this opportunity for scholars to make use of our collections."

The singular collaboration of these three organizations underlines their commitment to scholarship in international studies. "Our partnership with the Association of American Universities and the Library of Congress in this new initiative continues a longstanding commitment of the American Council of Learned Societies to the scholarly study and improved understanding of world languages and cultures," said the council's president John D'Arms. "Since the late 1920s, the American Council of Learned Societies has supported scholars with teaching and research commitments in international studies. Effective scholarly work in these fields requires access to multiple materials not usually found in U.S. libraries or, for that matter, in those overseas. I am certain that scholars will prize the opportunities provided by these fellowships for sustained study of the rich resources contained in the Area Studies collections of the Library of Congress."

Generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of American Universities, and the Library of Congress, with additional funds from the Henry Luce Foundation for research concerning Asia or Southeast Asia, the Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies will increase the use and visibility of the outstanding international and foreign language collections at the Library. During the 200 years of its existence, the Library of Congress has carefully built collections of unparalleled depth and breadth in formats that include books, periodicals, maps, music, motion pictures, recorded sound, video, prints, photographs, microform, and electronic media. Fellows using these materials will build and broaden their own areas of expertise, as well as prepare themselves to conduct more focused research overseas.

Approximately ten Fellows will be chosen through a national, peer-reviewed selection process administered by the American Council of Learned Societies. The program is designed for postdoctoral scholars who are at an early stage of their career, within seven years of their degree. Research projects in the history, language, culture, politics, economics, and other disciplines of the humanities and social sciences that further understanding of the global partners of the United States will be welcome, as will multidisciplinary and cross- disciplinary proposals, and proposals focused on single or multiple geographical areas.

Scholars interested in applying for a fellowship should consult the American Council of Learned Societies' website at www.acls.org (external link) or contact the Office of Fellowships and Grants, American Council of Learned Societies, 228 East 45th St., New York, NY 10017-3398 by mail, by e-mail to grants@acls.org or by fax to (212) 949-8058. The American Council of Learned Societies was founded in 1919 as a private, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and related social sciences, and to maintain and strengthen relations among national societies devoted to such studies.

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PR 00-110
8/14/00
ISSN 0731-3527

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