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Applications Invited for 2014–15
Maass Research Grant

To better sync with the academic calendar, the Manuscript Society has opened its Maass Research Grant application window earlier this year. Applications are due February 14, 2014, and decisions will be announced shortly after March 17.

About the Grant

The $5,000 grant supports research expenses directly related to use of original manuscripts, for example travel to manuscript repositories, photocopies, and user fees. Applicants must be graduate students—doctoral candidates are given preference—at an institution that belongs to the Manuscript Society. An institution qualifies as a member if its library subscribes to Manuscripts, the society’s quarterly journal.

The society issues the nonrenewable grant to the sponsoring institution, which disburses it to the recipient. Upon completing the research, the recipient must submit a detailed report to the society’s scholarship committee. The recipient also must recognize the society’s support in any publication resulting from the research. Recent recipients have used the grant to further students in early modern Europe’s relations with the Muslim world, Native American dialects, Dutch mercantilism in New Netherland and New York, 17th-century English scientific manuscripts, and Mexican president Làzaro Càrdenas.

How to Apply

Interested students should submit a letter of application, résumé, and budget along with a proposal précis of up to three double-spaced pages demonstrating that their research involves considerable work with original manuscripts. In addition, applicants should have two or three letters of recommendation sent to the scholarship committee, including one from the thesis or dissertation advisor. Each file name should start with the applicant’s surname, for example SmithProposal, SmithBudget, SmithSupportLetter, etc. All applicants will be notified of the scholarship committee’s decision soon after March 17, 2014.

Send inquiries to Elizabeth H. Dow at edow1@earthlink.net. Send applications and supporting letters to ManuscriptSocietyGrant@manuscript.org.

Criteria for Evaluating Maass Grant Applications

The Scholarship Committee will use the following criteria to evaluate Maass Grant applications.