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AFC Offers Awards, Fellowships, and Funded Internships

Friday, January 12, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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The American Folklife Center (AFC) offers competitive awards to provide support for scholars working with ethnographic collection materials at the Library of Congress and for fieldworkers on folklife and related topics. The following awards, fellowships, and internship opportunities are (or will be) open for applications in 2018.


Archie Green Fellowships

To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program has been established at the American Folklife Center. Green was a pioneering folklorist who championed the establishment of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. As a scholar, he documented and analyzed the culture and traditions of American workers and encouraged others to do the same. The Archie Green Fellowships are intended to support new research in this area, and to generate significant digital archival collections of interviews with contemporary American workers (audio recordings, photographs, videos, and fieldnotes), which will be preserved in the American Folklife Center archive and made available to researchers and the public. Check the list of previous award winners to get a sense of the types of projects we fund.


Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection

The Jon B. Lovelace Fellowship for the Study of the Alan Lomax Collection is administered through the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center.


The American Folklife Center Internship Program Fund
made possible with initial seed support from former AFC staff member Peter Bartis)

Beginning in summer, 2018, the American Folklife Center will offer the first round of internships from the American Folklife Center Internship Program Fund.

The fund will support 2 interns per year to work with staff at the AFC on individualized projects related to the collections and work of the AFC.

The program will offer professional development experiences, introduce interns to the research collections at the AFC (and the Library), develop critical skills related to documentation, archival practice, and cultural heritage research and programs. Paid internships will be 8-12 weeks in duration and stipends will vary depending on length of internship. Individuals will apply through an open application process. Internships will begin in the summer of 2018. Check back for application information.


The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award

Applications for the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund for Ethnography at the Library of Congress will be accepted through March 12, 2018. In recent years the award has been between $3000 and $4000 and has usually been divided among more than one recipient. Winners for the 2018 application period will be announced in May, 2019. The selection committee is composed of the professional staff of the American Folklife Center.


The Blanton Owen Fund Award

The Blanton Owen Fund is offered bi-annually. Applications will be invited again in early 2019. The award was established in 1999 in memory of folklorist Blanton Owen by his family and friends to support ethnographic field research and documentation in the United States, especially by young scholars and documentarians. Currently, this award is offered every other year. Historically the available amount has been about $1000 and is often split between more than one recipient.


The Henry Reed Fund Award

The fund was established in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed and first awarded in 2004, with an initial gift from founding American Folklife Center director and fiddler Alan Jabbour. The purpose of the fund is to provide small awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the collections of the American Folklife Center. The life and work of Henry Reed is documented in the online collection "Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier." Historically, Reed Awards have ranged from $1000 to $2000. Check the list of previous award winners to get a sense of the types of projects we have previously funded.


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