2012 Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Call for Proposals
Friday, February 3, 2012
The Parsons Fund Committee for the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund
for Ethnography at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for 2012. The maximum available for grants this year is $2,000.
Historically the available amount has usually been divided among more
than one recipient. The deadline for submitting applications is March
12, 2012. The committee is composed of the professional
staff of the American Folklife Center.
Purpose of Award and Eligibility
The purpose of the fund is to increase awareness of the
ethnographic collections at the Library of Congress and to make the
collections of primary ethnographic
materials housed anywhere at the Library available to the needs
and uses of those in the private sector. Awards may be made either
or to organizations in support of specific projects.
Scope of Projects
Projects may lead to publication in media of all types, both commercial and
non-commercial; underwrite new works of art, music, or fiction; involve academic
research; contribute to the theoretical development of archival science; explore
practical possibilities for processing ethnographic collections in the Archive
of Folk Culture or elsewhere in the Library of Congress; develop new means
of providing reference service; support student work; experiment with conservation
techniques; and support ethnographic field research leading to new Library
Application Deadlines and Procedures
Please review application materials prior to submitting them to
the Center to ensure
that all the following
elements are included. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. In the past, successful applicants
have consulted with AFC staff members prior to submitting their application.
All applicants and candidates for American Folklife
Center awards who are not U.S. citizens must be visa and/or payment
eligible in order to receive a Library of Congress award. The
rules and the variations for visa and payment eligibility are
determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the staff of the
American Folklife Center for more information by email at email@example.com or by telephone at 202-707-5510.
The application consists of:
- A narrative, 750-1500 words long, describing the proposed project
and its potential products and audiences.
- A budget and proposed time-frame in which to undertake
(typically for periods of one to three weeks). Flexibility built
into a budget can be helpful to the committee in determining
- A resume or statement of previous experience.
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of three
referees who can attest
to the applicant's professional work and qualifications to undertake
- Please do not submit photographs, videotapes, CDs, or any
Because of security measures at the Library, US Mail and Federal Express
may be delayed for over one month and sensitive media such as photographs
may be damaged or destroyed. Therefore,
we strongly recommend that applications be submitted as Word, WordPerfect, or RTF-formatted
documents or .pdf files, attached to an email with the subject line "[your
last name] Parsons application." Address
the email to the Parsons Fund Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions
about procedures, please address your query to the Chair, Parsons
Fund Committee at the
listed above or call (202) 707-5510.
For more information on the Parsons Fund, please click here.