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2012 Archie Green Fellowship Announced

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Archie Green Fellowships

The next application period for the Archie Green Fellowships begins on February 1, 2012. The application deadline is March 16, 2012 (Read all the instructions carefully. See the application deadlines below.)


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 will support new research in this area, and will generate significant digital archival collections (audio recordings, photographs, videos, and fieldnotes), which will be preserved in the American Folklife Center archive and made available to researchers and the public

Program Description

The American Folklife Center will award up to three fellowships of up to $45,000 each, for the period July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013, which will support new, original, independent field research into the culture and traditions of American workers and/or occupational groups found within the United States. Applicants must submit proposals via email to be received by the Center no later than March 16, 2012.

The original documentary materials generated during the course of each fellowship will become part of the American Folklife Center's Archie Green Community Documentation Collection. The American Folklife Center was established by Congress to support research and scholarship in American folklife and to preserve, support, revitalize, and disseminate American folk traditions. Materials in the Center's archive are available to researchers and the general public.

Application Requirements

To be eligible, projects must involve new, original research on, and documentation of, occupational culture. Applicants may include individuals, organizations or groups, but organizations and groups must select an individual representative to act as Fiscal Agent. Individual applicants and Fiscal Agents must be U.S. Citizens.


Proposals for the Archie Green Fellowships will be evaluated by a committee composed of the Director of the American Folklife Center, the Chair of the American Folklife Center Board of Trustees, and an outside panelist.


Persons wishing to submit applications must develop a project plan detailing the subject of the research and the methods of digital documentation to be used. Successful applicants must agree to provide the American Folklife Center with the original versions of documentary materials created during the course of the fellowship research.

All documentation must be in digital formats as outlined below. The cost of creating secondary copies may be factored into the applicants' research budgets. Fellows will submit completed informant releases and biographical data forms (provided by the Center) as well as electronic logs for audio/video recordings and still photographs. Fieldnotes describing research activities through the course of the project will be submitted in digital form. These materials will become part of the Archie Green Community Documentation Collection.

Fellowship recipients will submit a final report and financial accounting to the American Folklife Center upon completion of the fellowship. Please note that applicants must select one individual to serve as Fiscal Agent for the project, and that indirect and overhead costs will not be supported. Awarded funds are dispersed only through electronic transfers (direct deposit), and awardees must be prepared to provide banking information as requested.

How to Apply

Applicants for the 2012 Archie Green Fellowships at the American Folklife Center should submit the following materials by March 16, 2012.

  • Cover sheet (click for example)
  • Project Description (1-3 pages)
  • Project Budget, which, if necessary, may include the cost of purchasing professional-quality documentation equipment
  • List of documentation equipment to be used, including makes, models, and formats
  • Project Timeline
  • Statement of Agreement/Letter from occupational group to be documented, if appropriate
  • Résumés (for individuals and groups) or Organization Description (for nonprofit organizations)

Applicants must submit proposals via email to, to be received by the Center no later than March 16, 2012. The term of each fellowship will be limited to a period of one year and will be supported with funds up to $45,000.

Digital Document Requirements & Specifications:

All fellows must comply with the American Folklife Center/Library of Congress digital standards. Therefore, proposed documentation must meet the following specifications:

  • Digital audio: 96khz/24bit bwf (or .wav) file, or 44.1khz/16bit .wav file.
  • Digital video: high-resolution digital video format (consult with the American Folklife Center prior to submitting proposal)
  • Digital images: high-resolution digital images (consult with the American Folklife Center prior to submitting proposal)
  • Text files (for logs, fieldnotes, final report, etc.): Microsoft Word
  • Databases, spread sheets, etc.: consult with the American Folklife Center prior to submitting proposal

Applicants are strongly urged to consult with the American Folklife Center about equipment and format choices prior to submitting their application. For more information, contact Nancy Groce, 202-707-1744 /

Application Process and Deadlines:

February 1, 2012: Request for Proposals released by the American Folklife Center for 2012 Fellowships
March 16, 2012: 2012 Proposals due to the American Folklife Center
early-April, 2012: Adjudication
mid-April, 2012: Awards announced
June 1, 2012: 2012 Fellowship begins and initial funds distributed

Grant Awards will be dispersed incrementally according to the following schedule:

Payment 1: June 1, 2012 $20,000
Payment 2: September 14, 2012 $20,000
Final payment following submission of materials $5,000

Submit Materials to:

  • Please email your submission, do not send via U.S. Postal Service.
  • Email to: Archie Green Fellows Committee at
  • Questions? Call the American Folklife Center, Archie Green Fellowships, Nancy Groce, 202-707-1744; email:

For more information on the Archie Green Fellowships, please click here.

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