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2012 Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Call for Proposals

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The Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award

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 to individuals 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 acquisitions.

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 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 research (typically for periods of one to three weeks). Flexibility built into a budget can be helpful to the committee in determining appropriate funding.
  • 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 the project.
  • Please do not submit photographs, videotapes, CDs, or any physical material.

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: If you have any questions about procedures, please address your query to the Chair, Parsons Fund Committee at the email or fax listed above or call (202) 707-5510.

For more information on the Parsons Fund, please click here.

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