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2013 Regional Residency Fellowship: Request for Proposals

Erika Lee, author of "Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America," found her grandmother's records in the National Archives in California. The records were also featured in our recent exhibit "Attachments."

The National Archives, with the generous support of the Foundation for the National Archives, announces the 2013 Regional Residency Fellowship Program’s Request for Proposals.

The Residency Fellowship Program gives researchers the opportunity to conduct original research using records held at National Archives locations in Boston, MA; Denver, CO; Fort Worth, TX; Riverside, CA; San Francisco, CA; and St. Louis, MO. Researchers can explore overlooked records and experience what many researchers have discovered: that it is not necessary to go to Washington, DC, to do research at the National Archives.

For 2013, one fellow will be assigned to each of the participating National Archives facilities, for a total of six fellowships. Each fellow will receive a $3,000 stipend, funded by the Foundation for the National Archives, to assist with travel and research expenses.

The Fellowship recipients are expected to complete a research project that results in a publishable product. Each recipient will also prepare a short report (within one year of receiving the Fellowship) for publication by the National Archives that describes the research experience: the discovery, method, and use of the records.

We encourage our Fellowship recipients to use social media to talk about their experience. At the end of their research visit, Fellows will also conduct a staff briefing to share their discoveries.

Academic and independent historians, public and local historians, and writers are encouraged to apply. Current National Archives employees and contractors or their immediate family members are not eligible.

Submit proposals by email or mail. Proposal must be received by March 15, 2013. Awards will be announced May 1, 2013.

What to send:

  • A description and justification for the project, not to exceed six pages. This proposal should include:
    • a description of the records to be used for research (there should be enough records in your location for a research visit of at least one week);
    • a listing of the records that will be used at the location;
    • the proposed final product; and
    • the significance of the project to historical scholarship.
  • Please also include:
    • Vita (no more than three pages) including current contact information; and
    • two letters of recommendation.

Proposals should be sent by mail or email to the NARA facility the researcher intends to use for the fellowship.

2013 Fellowship locations

Boston, MA

National Archives at Boston
2013 Fellowship Program
380 Trapelo Road
Waltham, MA  02452-6399
Tel: 781-663-0121
Fax: 781-663-0154
Email:  boston.archives@nara.gov

Denver, CO

National Archives at Denver
2013 Fellowship Program
17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, CO  80023
Tel: 303-604-4740
Fax: 303-604-4750
Email: denver.archives@nara.gov

Fort Worth, TX

National Archives at Fort Worth
2013 Fellowship Program
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, TX  76140
Tel: 817-551-2051
Fax: 817-551-2034
Email:  ftworth.archives@nara.gov

Riverside, CA

National Archives at Riverside
2013 Fellowship Program
23123 Cajalco Road
Perris, CA 92570-7298
Tel: 951-956-2040
Fax: 951-956-2049
Email:  riverside.archives@nara.gov

San Francisco, CA

National Archives at San Francisco
2013 Fellowship Program
Lee J. Ryan Federal Building
1000 Commodore Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066-2350
Tel: 650-238-3501
Fax: 650-238-3510

Email:  sanbruno.archives@nara.gov

St. Louis, MO

National Archives at St. Louis
2013 Fellowship Program
Attn: Ashley Mattingly (RL-SL)
P.O. Box 38757
St. Louis, MO  63138

For FedEx and UPS deliveries ONLY:

National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
Room 340, Ashley Mattingly
St. Louis, MO  63138-1002
Tel: 314-801-0620
Fax: 314-801-9187
Email: ashley.mattingly@nara.gov

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Comments

Comment from Kathleen Brandt
Time February 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm

We have great records that need to be explored in Kansas City also. Disappointed that the KC-NARA was not included.

Comment from Erwin
Time March 4, 2013 at 1:10 pm

What about NARA-MD? Are non-US citizens eligible to apply, those coming outside the US?

Hilary Reply:

I am checking for you now and I will post as soon I have an answer!

Hilary Reply:

Yes! Non-US citizens are welcome to apply.

Comment from Amy
Time March 5, 2013 at 1:34 am

I’m interested in conducting research at both the Riverside and the San Bruno locations during the next year. Is it possible to apply for more than one fellowship? It would be great to throw my hat in the ring for both since I’m hoping to research at both locations with the understanding that I could only hold one fellowship if selected.

Hilary Reply:

Good question–let me check.

Hilary Reply:

Yes, you can apply for both–but you can only be awarded one. Good luck!

Comment from Galen perras
Time May 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

I applied for the regional grant for San Bruno, sending both a digital and a paper copy to the address listed. I never received any acknowledgement for my application, nor as of 22 May (today) do I have any idea if my application was accepted or rejected. I must assume the latter given the complete lack of any response. Regardless of the merit or lack thereof of my proposal, I find this treatment unprofessional. Dr. Galen Perras

Hilary Reply:

Dr. Perras,

I have let the folks at San Bruno know that you did not hear back about your submission. A staff member will be in touch with you shortly.

Hilary