Winterthur organization greeting and welcomes researchers. Academic, independent, and museum scholars, in addition to advanced graduate students are invited to apply for short and long-term residential research fellowships. Research fellows carry out research in many areas of social and cultural history, as well as material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, and objects in literature.
Winterthur’s collections are rich and varied, and we welcome applications that offer latest approaches to our resources. All applicants are strongly encouraged to search Wintercat, visit Winterthur, and contact staff members to discuss potential research projects. The appropriateness of a project to Winterthur’s collections is the primary consideration of the fellowship award committee.
Application form: Complete the application form. If you are applying for a Dissertation Fellowship or a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, you may request to have your application considered for a short-term research fellowship in the occasion that your primary application is not accepted.
Essay: Prepare an application essay of no in excess of 1,500 words. Consist of a brief summary of the project. Address the following questions:
- What ideas, questions, or problems guide your project?
- What is distinctive, unique about your project?
- How does it complement, harmonize, expand, or challenge prior study in the field? Please be specific about prior scholarship that notifies your work.
- What work do you plan to carry out at Winterthur?
- Why is a residence fellowship at Winterthur necessary for successful completion of your project?
Bibliography: Based on your searches of Wintercat (our online library catalogue), prepare a two-page bibliography of primary sources you plan and arrangement to use at Winterthur. If you plan to use objects from the museum collection in your research, please give a brief listing.
Vita: Provide a copy of your current vita.
References: Get two recent letters of reference addressing your earlier intellectual record, your current project, and your skill to work with a friendly, collegial group. If you are a graduate student, one of these letters must come from your essay, dissertation advisor.
Step 2: Submit Your Materials.
Reference letters: Please instruct your reference writers to e-mail their letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask that they put your last name and the word “reference” in the subject line. We prefer PDF documents. Word documents are acceptable as well.
Application: E-mail your complete application, as well as application form, essay, bibliography, and vita to email@example.com. Please put your name in the subject line. While emailed copies are preferred, mailed copies are also acceptable. Mailed copies must contain six copies of the completed application package (application form, essay, bibliography, and vita). Mailed letters of recommendation (one copy only) also should be sent directly to this address:
- Rosemary Krill
- Academic Programs
- 5105 Kennett Pike
- Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
- Winterthur, DE 19735
- More information can be found in the Winterthur Research Fellowship Brochure.
Application Deadline: 31 January 2013.