August 14, 2018

Fellowships for photography and humanities research

Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

Harry Ransom Center. Photo: Anthony Maddaloni.

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, invites applications for its research fellowships. For its 2019–2020 fellowship program, the Ransom Center will award 10 dissertation fellowships and up to 50 postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of its collections. The fellowships support research in all areas of the humanities, including photography.

The Center’s photography collection was founded on the renowned Gernsheim collection of historical photographs, and has grown to include over five million negatives and prints. It includes holdings of such 20th century photographers as Edward Steichen, Man Ray, Walker Evans, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Betty Hahn, and Robert Heinecken, as well as contemporary photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier, Penelope Umbrico, Marco Breuer, and Louie Palu, among many others. The Ransom Center also houses the Magnum Photos collection as well as the archives of Elliott Erwitt, David Douglas Duncan, Arnold Newman, Anne Noggle, and others.

The Marlene Nathan Meyerson Photography Fellowship Endowment, David Douglas Duncan Endowment for Photojournalism, and Arnold Newman Fellowship in Photography provide support for projects that engage the Center’s photography collection.

The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of 3,500 USD per month. Travel stipends and dissertation fellowships provide stipends of 2,000 USD. International fellows will receive an additional 500 USD stipend to offset visa and travel costs.

Fellowship residencies may be scheduled between June 1, 2019, and August 31, 2020. During the fellowship, scholars will work on-site at the Ransom Center in Austin, Texas.

The deadline for applications, which must be submitted through the Ransom Center’s website, is November 15, 2018, 5pm CST. All applicants, with the exception of those applying for dissertation fellowships, must have a PhD or demonstrate a substantial record of professional achievement.

For detailed information about the fellowships and the application process, visit

About the Harry Ransom Center
The Harry Ransom Center is an internationally renowned humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin. Its extensive collections provide unique insight into the creative process of writers and artists, deepening our understanding and appreciation of literature, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Visitors engage with the Center’s collections through research and study, exhibitions, publications, and a rich variety of program offerings including readings, talks, symposia, and film screenings.

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