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About the Kluge Fellowships

The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress invites qualified scholars to conduct research at the Kluge Center using the Library of Congress collections and resources for a period of four to eleven months. Established in 2000 through an endowment of $60 million from John W. Kluge, the Center is located in the splendid Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. The Kluge Center furnishes attractive work and discussion space for Kluge Chair holders, for distinguished visiting scholars, and for post-doctoral Fellows supported by other private foundation gifts. Residents have easy access to the Library's specialized staff and to the intellectual community of Washington.

The Kluge Center especially encourages humanistic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multi-lingual research is particularly welcome. Among the collections available to researchers are the world's largest law library and outstanding multi-lingual collections of books and periodicals. Deep special collections of manuscripts, maps, music, films, recorded sound, prints and photographs are also available. Further information about the Library's collections can be found on the Library's website: http://www.loc.gov/rr/.

Eligibility

Scholars who have received a terminal advanced degree within the past seven years in the humanities, social sciences or in a professional field such as architecture or law are eligible. Exceptions may be made for individuals without continuous academic careers. Applicants may be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals. Upon selection, and in accordance with relevant visa regulations, foreign nationals will be assisted in obtaining the appropriate visa. To meet the minimum eligibility requirements, the degree must be formally awarded by the deadline date.  

Tenure & Stipend

Fellowships are tenable for periods from four to eleven months at a stipend of $4,200 per month for residential research at the Library of Congress. The Kluge Center reserves the right to offer fewer months than originally requested. Fellows may be given residence at any time during the fourteen-month window between June 1 of the year in which the Fellowship is awarded and August 1 of the year following. Stipends will be paid monthly by the Library of Congress, by means of electronic transfer to a U.S. bank account.

Applications

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form, in English
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages; additional pages will be discarded)
  • A single paragraph abstract
  • A statement of proposed research (maximum 3 pages)
  • An explanation of why the Library of Congress is the required venue for your research (maximum 1 paragraph)
  • A bibliography of works you have consulted for your proposal (maximum 3 pages)
  • 3 references with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal

Due Date

The annual application deadline is July 15. Application materials must be submitted by the deadline date via the Kluge Center's online application system.

Language Certification

For applicants whose native language is not English, there must be evidence that the applicant is fluent in English so as easily to conduct research, discuss work with colleagues, and make a public presentation, although the ultimate product of the research may be written in the applicant's native language. For English speakers who seek to do research in the Library's foreign language collections, there must be evidence that they have a command of the relevant language or languages at the level requisite for serious research.

Expectations

Kluge Fellows will give one public presentation of their research and provide a final report on their research and its results. Two copies of any ultimate product of this research (book, article, film, website, etc.) should be sent to the Library of Congress. Kluge Fellows will also have opportunities to meet with Library specialists and curators, and on occasion with Members of Congress and Congressional staff.

Awards

Up to twelve Kluge Fellowships will be awarded annually by the Library of Congress. Awards will be announced in the spring of the year following that in which the application is due. For overseas Fellows, award letters will address visa questions and include a form which must be filled out and submitted to the Library of Congress to determine tax residency status and the potential for U.S. Federal income tax withholding. Scholars who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who do not already have a U.S. Social Security number will be required to obtain either a Social Security or tax identification number, as appropriate, at the start of their fellowship at the Library, regardless of the taxability of their income under this program or exemption under a treaty with the United States. Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of each Fellow. Housing is not provided by the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress does not supply health insurance coverage but can provide contacts with commercial providers. Because the United States does not have a national health plan, if a selectee becomes ill or injured during the term of appointment, there is no provision for care.

Contact Information

Completed application packets should be submitted via the Kluge Center's online application system. Applications submitted via email, fax, or regular mail will not be considered. For questions about application procedures, eligibility, stipend or deadlines, please email scholarly@loc.gov or write to us at:

    Kluge Fellowships
    The John W. Kluge Center / Office of Scholarly Programs
    Library of Congress, LJ-120
    101 Independence Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC 20540-4860

Application Deadline: July 15

Research Areas: Research in the humanities and social sciences, especially interdisciplinary, cross-cultural or multilingual.

Eligibility: Open to scholars worldwide with a Ph.D. or other terminal advanced degree conferred within seven years of the July 15 deadline.

Stipend: $4,200 per month (up to 11 months).

Further information:
   The John W. Kluge Center
   phone: (202) 707-3302
   fax: (202) 707-3595
   email: scholarly@loc.gov

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Fellows

A partial list of awarded Kluge Fellows and their projects. For a complete list of past scholars in residence, click here.

2014

  • Elia Corazza
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, Independent Scholar, "New Music for a New Dance: Diaghilev's Ballet and Music."
  • Michael Chasar
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, Willamette University, "Beyond the Book: Edna St. Vincent Millay's The Murder of Lidice and Poetry in the Age of New Media."
  • Ilya Dines
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, Ben-Gurion University, "A Handlist of the Uncatalogued Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Preserved in the Library of Congress."
  • Nathan Hofer
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, University of Missouri, "Sufism, State, and Society in Ayyubid and Early Mamluk Egypt."
  • Jeffrey Moser
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, McGill University, "Excavating China's First Archaeologist."
  • Anna Browne Ribeiro
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, The Ohio State University, "Rethinking Empty Places: An Archaeology of Amazonian Dwelling."
  • Bradley Rogers
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, Duke University, "The Cinematic Dramaturgy of Rouben Mamoulian's Musical Theatre."
  • Simona Tobia
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, University of Reading, "Interrogation and Questioning in the Second World War."
  • Thomas Dodman
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, Boston College, "Nostalgia: The History of a Deadly Emotion."
  • Julia Young
    Kluge Fellow, 2014, Catholic University, "Cristero Diaspora: Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees during Mexico's Religious War."

2013

  • Joseph Genetin-Pilawa
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Illinois College, "The Indians' Capital City."
  • Douglas Harrison
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, James Madison University, "The Gospel Sensibility: Sacred Song in American Experience."
  • Renata Keller
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Boston University, "Mexico's Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Struggle over the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution, 1959-1969."
  • Sonia Lee
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Washington University in St. Louis, "Diagnosing Difference: Psychiatrists and the Medicalization of Political Dissent, 1945-1980."
  • James Loeffler
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, University of Virginia, "The Vanishing Minority: Human Rights as Jewish Politics, 1919-1989."
  • Katherine Luongo
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Northeastern University, "Border-Crossing Beliefs: African Witchcraft in the Global Areana of Asylum."
  • Noriko Manabe
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Princeton University, "Molding Citizens in War and Peace: Japanese Children's Songs, 1877-1947."
  • Charlotte Rogers
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, George Mason University, "Off the Map? From First to Last in Amazonian Travel Narrative."
  • Natalie Rouland
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Wellesley College, "Dancing Enigma: Ida Rubinstein and the Russian Tradition."
  • Dario Sarlo
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Independent Scholar, "Jascha Heifetz: The Iconic Violinist."
  • Scott Sowerby
    Kluge Fellow, 2013, Northwestern University, "Chapel and Capital: Religious Nonconformity and Manufacturing in England, 1650-1750."

2012

  • Christopher Bishop
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, Australian National University, "Medievalism and the Modern Comic Book."
  • Jason Blokhuis
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, University of Waterloo - Ontario, "Public Educational Authority and Children's Rights from a Parens Patriae Perspective."
  • Amanda Ciafone
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation."
  • Joel Frykholm
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, Stockholm University, "George Kleine and the Transformation of Cinema."
  • Victor Goldgel-Carballo
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, University of Wisconsin, Madison, "New Media in Early 19th Century Latin America: The Emergence of a Transatlantic Cultural Market."
  • Amanda Lahikainen
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, Brown University, "Embodiments of Debt: Satire, Representation, and the Politicization of Paper Currency"
  • Daniel Schwartz
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, The George Washington University, "Ghetto: The Genealogy of a Concept, the History of a Place."
  • Lindsay Tuggle
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, University of Sydney, "The Afterlives of Specimens: The Science of Mourning in Whitman's America."
  • Uranchimeg Tsultem
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, University of California, Berkeley, "Traditional Exchange and Early U.S. Diplomacy in Mongolia, Tibet and China."
  • Ananya Vajpeyi
    Kluge Fellow, 2012, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, "B. R. Ambedkar: A Life."

2011

  • Ilaria Andreoli
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, "Pictures without Borders: Transnationalism in Illustrated Books of the 15th and 16th Centuries."
  • Rebecca Benefiel
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, Washington and Lee University, "The Presence of writing in elite residences: Graffiti and space in ancient Pompeii."
  • Adriana M Brodsky
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, St. Mary's College of Maryland, "Becoming Argentine Jews: Sephardim and the construction of ethnic and national identities, 1880-1960."
  • Jennifer R Davis
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, The Catholic University of America, "Charlemagne's practice of empire."
  • Mark W Geiger
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, University of Sydney, "The Chicago Board of Trade and the transformation of financial markets."
  • Christopher Lee
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "Making a world after empire: The 1955 Asia-Africa conference in Bandung, Indonesia."
  • Vanni Pettina
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, Independent Scholar, "From the Nationalist Compromise to the Insurrection: Cuba and the United States, 1933-1959."
  • Thierry Rigogne
    Kluge Fellow, 2011, Fordham University, "The Invention of the cafe: French coffeehouses from the introduction of coffee to the end of the French Revolution, 1560-1800."

2010

  • Richard Bell
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, University of Maryland, College Park, "Tear down the world: Suicide and power in the newly United States."
  • Rebecca Brienen
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, University of Miami, "The Dutch Republic circa 1700: Artists, travelers, and collectors in the circle of Nicolaes Witsen (1641-1717)."
  • Eleanor Capper
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, University of Liverpool, "Government activism and consumer politics in the U.S., 1933-2008."
  • Christopher Chekuri
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, San Francisco State University, "Hindu and Turk: Sovereignty and religion in pre-colonial India."
  • Ilias Chrissochoidis
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, Stanford University, "From the London stage to Westminster Abbey: Cultural mobility of Handel's Oratorios in Britain, 1732-1784."
  • Jennifer Foray
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, Purdue University, "Imperial aftershocks: The legacies of decolonization in the Netherlands."
  • Emer S. O'Dwyer
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, Oberlin College, "Imperialism and democracy in the context of Japan's modern nationhood."
  • Peter Reed
    Kluge Fellow, 2010, University of Mississippi, "Staging the Haitian revolution: Race, revolution and American theater, 1790-1865."

2009

  • Mustafa Aksakal
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, American University, "Imperialism on the periphery: The Ottomans in the age of European empire, 1856-1914."
  • Renzo Baldasso
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, Newberry Library, "Erhard Ratdolt and the visual dimension of early printed books."
  • Andrew Gentes
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, University of Queensland, "George Kennan and the Russian nihilists."
  • Holger Hoock
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, University of Liverpool, "Violence and terror in the American revolution: practice, representation, memory."
  • Scott Johnson
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, Washington and Lee University, "All the world's knowledge: Geography and literature in late antiquity."
  • Karen Karbiener
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, New York University, "Walt Whitman and New York: The urban roots of Leaves of Grass."
  • Svetlana Kujumdzieva
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, "The Library of St. Catherine's monastery as a witness to music history: The case of the Sinai musical manuscripts."
  • Lisa Noetzel
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, Washington College, "Castilian-Timucuan language contact in Spanish colonial Florida."
  • Toure Reed
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, Illinois State University, "New Deal civil rights: Class consciousness and the quest."
  • Marlis Schweitzer
    Kluge Fellow, 2009, York University, Canada, "Bringing the world to Broadway: American impresarios and the transnational trade in teatrical commodities, 1896-1914."

2008

  • Johanna Bockman
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, George Mason University, "The socialist origins of neoliberalism."
  • Marcy Dinius
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, University of Delaware, "The role of the daguerreotype in the literature, rhetoric, and visual culture of American abolition, 1833-1860."
  • Monica Dominguez Torres
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, University of Delaware, "Armorials of the Anahuac: the production, regulation and consumption of indigenous heraldy in 16th century Mexico."
  • Petr Eltsov
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, Freie Universitat, Berlin, "Rejecting the state: a study of the Harappan society from the point of view of archaeological data and ancient Indian sociopolitical theory."
  • Christine Johnson
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, Washington University, "The German nation of the Holy Roman Empire, 1440-1556."
  • Agnes Kefeli
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, Arizona State University, "Islam, Christianity and secularism in post-Soviet Tatarstan."
  • Karen Leal
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, St. John's University, "The Ottoman empire and the classical tradition at the turn of the 18th century."
  • Timothy Rohan
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, Yale University, "Enriching Modernism: Paul Rudoph's Buildings and Projects"
  • Zachary Schrag
    Kluge Fellow, 2008, George Mason University, "History of riot control from the 1870s to the present in America."

2007

  • Mark D. Anderson
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, University of Georgia, "The fruits of disaster: cultural responses to catastrophe in Latin America."
  • Geert Buelens
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, Utrecht University, "National and/or European identity in the avant-garde and traditional poetry of the First World War."
  • Karen L. Carter
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, University of North Florida, "Art in the streets; late 19th century French posters."
  • Mario Del Pero
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, Universita di Bologna (UNIBO), "Detente, Europe, and bipolarism: U.S. and EEC responses to the 'Southern European Malaise' of the 1970s."
  • Claudia B. Haake
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, University of York, "The roots of identity: indigenous societies and land in the Americas."
  • Joseph Kosek
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, George Washington University, "Acts of conscience: Christian nonviolence and American democracy."
  • Reuben S. Rose-Redwood
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, Pennsylvania State University, "Rationalizing the landscape: a critical spatial history of street and house numbering in the United States."
  • Jennifer Elson Sessions
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, University of Iowa, "The culture and politics of colonialism in 19th century France and Algeria, 1830-1851."
  • Chitralekha Zutshi
    Kluge Fellow, 2007, College of William and Mary, "A Sociocultural history of the Kashmiri shawl."

2006

  • Michael C. Brose
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Wyoming, "Social and political roles of Central Asian elites in China after the fall of the Mongol Yuan dynasty."
  • Subarno Chattarji
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Delhi, "Will there be peace again? Vietnamese-American writings in the U.S."
  • Kathleen M. Crowther-Heyck
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Oklahoma, "Creating Adam and Eve: body, soul and gender in 16th century Germany."
  • Anne E. A. David
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, Anne Arundel Community College, "A new conspectus of old Tamil verb forms."
  • David W. Del Testa
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, Bucknell University, "Paint the trains red: labor, nationalism, and the railroads in French colonial Indochina, 1898-1954."
  • Maya Jasanoff
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Virginia, "British loyalists who fled to various parts of the British Empire during and after the American Revolution."
  • Krzysztof Jaskulowski
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Wroclaw, Poland, "Anglophone theories of nationalism and the construction of Eastern Europe; the condition of the current debate on nationalism and recent theories explaining the rise of Eastern European nations."
  • Marianne Kamp
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Wyoming, "Oral histories relating to the collectivization of agriculture by the Soviets in Uzbekistan."
  • Xiaofei Kang
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, St. Mary's College of Maryland, "Contesting the Yellow Dragon: religion, tourism, and local history at China's ethnic borderland."
  • Tobie Meyer-Fong
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, Johns Hopkins University, "Rebellion remembered: violence, community, and commemoration in 19th century China."
  • Marina Moskowitz
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, University of Glasgow, "Seed money: the economies of horticulture in 19th century America."
  • James E. Sanders
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, Utah State University, "Cultural and social history of democratic republicanism across Latin America in the context of the Atlantic world, from its rise in the 1820s until its demise in the 1880s."
  • Joel Seltzer
    Kluge Fellow, 2006, Skidmore College, "Annals of revolt: Czech city chroniclers and the fashioning of the Bohemian Reformation."

2005

  • Harvey Cohen
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, University of Maryland, "Duke Ellington's America."
  • Kimberly Coles
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, California State University, Bakersfield, "Making sects: women as reformers, writers, and subjects in reformation England."
  • Mark Fenemore
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Manchester Metropolitan University, "Policing a divided city. Berlin, 1945-1961."
  • Leor Halevi
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Vanderbilt University, "Commerce with infidels: economic exchange between Muslims and non-Muslims in the Middle Ages."
  • Maurice Jackson
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Georgetown University, "Anthony Benezet (1713-1784) and the Atlantic Antislavery Crusade."
  • Suk-Young Kim
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Dartmouth College, "Filmed propaganda performances about the family: a comparative study of China and North Korea, 1966-1979."
  • Emily Laurence
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Duke University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, "The single-action harp in the early American republic: a social history."
  • Rama Mantena
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Brown University, "Language, temporality, and progress in colonial South India."
  • Krystyn Moon
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Georgia State University, "Performing race: the rise of Asians and Asian Americans in Vaudeville, 1880s-1930s."
  • Jeanne Nuechterlein
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, University of York, "The emergence of Netherlandish oil painting in its historical context and in modern historiography."
  • Scott W Palmer
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, Western Illinois University, "Forging Colossus: monumentality, modernity, and the Soviet-built environment."
  • Eleanor Shevlin
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, "Harrison & Co.'s print corpus and the making of the English novel."
  • Thomas Zeller
    Kluge Fellow, 2005, University of Maryland, "The view from the road in the U.S. and Germany."

2004

  • Gian-Mario Cao
    Kluge Fellow, 2004, Herzog August Bibliothek, "Diogenes Laertius: Medieval and Renaissance 'Fortuna' and bibliography."
  • Ruth Clements
    Kluge Fellow, 2004, Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "Biblical interpretation and Christian-Jewish controversy: interaction, influence, and rhetoric in the 2nd-3rd centuries C.E."
  • Lu Liu
    Kluge Fellow, 2004, University of Tennessee, "Mass migration in wartime China."
  • Robert Mason
    Kluge Fellow, 2004, University of Edinburgh, "America's minority: the Republican Party and the U.S. Electorate from Hoover to Reagan."
  • Kate Masur
    Kluge Fellow, 2004, University of Maryland, "Unworthy of the nation: black rights and the failure of democracy in Civil War-era America."
  • Chidibere Nwaubani
    Kluge Fellow, 2004, University of Colorado-Boulder, "Nigeria: the politics of decolonization, 1937-1960."

2003

  • Mikhail Alexseev
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, San Diego State University, "The origins of hostility: migration, insecurity, and ethnic prejudice at the Russia-China border."
  • Gregg Brazinsky
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, George Washington University, "Cultural interactions between the US and East Asia during the 20th century and American intellectual and cultural relations with South Korea during the 50s and 60s."
  • Elspeth Brown
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, University of Toronto, "Model Americans: a history of commercial modeling in the United States, 1884-1969."
  • Anita Callaway
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Australian National University, "The making of American visual culture: the enduring legacy of ephemeral art."
  • Anne E.B. Coldiron
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Louisiana State University, "Between Caxton and Tottel: verse translation from French 1476-1557 and earlier English Renaissance poetry."
  • Amy Crumpton
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Barry Commoner and Margaret Mead (1958-1968): relations between science, democratic organization, and social change."
  • Margaret Dikovitskaya
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Columbia University, "Russian imperial colonial attitudes: an analysis of photographs from the Prokudin-Gorskii collection."
  • Finis Dunaway
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Cornell University, "Thirteen ways of looking at a river: the Mississippi in the American imagination."
  • Athanase Hagengimana
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Harvard Medical School, "Psycho-social causes of Rwanda genocide."
  • Eric Jacobson
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, University of Sussex, "Papers of Hannah Arendt."
  • Ivan Katchanovski
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, George Mason University, "Soviet prisoners' dilemma: the politics of mass terror."
  • Svetlana Kujumdzieva
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, "A cross-cultural study of the Oktoechos: John of Damascus, John Koukouzeles, Chrysaphes the New."
  • Carol S. Matthews
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, Johnson County Community College, "Race, ethnicity, and American exceptionalism in American sectarian religious texts, including histories of American sectarian movements, Mormon materials, and Spiritualist journals produced in the United States since 1830."
  • Julia D. Shevchenko
    Kluge Fellow, 2003, European University, St. Petersburg, "Parliamentary autonomy in post-communist countries: a comparative study."

Application Deadline: July 15

Research Areas: Research related to the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture, and international relations.

Eligibility: Open to scholars and practitioners worldwide.

Stipend: $4,200 per month (up to eleven months).

Further information:
   The John W. Kluge Center
   phone: (202) 707-3302
   fax: (202) 707-3595
   email: scholarly@loc.gov

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