Special Opportunity: Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography

Please see the below opportunity to learn paleography at the Huntington this summer.  This is an excellent opportunity to experience high-level paleography instruction and also get to know the Huntington!  Successful applicants are also granted a summer stipend.  If you are interested in applying please contact Dr. Ferrell.  Highly recommended!

MELLON SUMMER INSTITUTE IN ENGLISH PALEOGRAPHY
AT THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY
July 5 to July 29, 2016
Directed by Heather Wolfe, Folger Shakespeare Library Curator of Manuscripts, this four-week institute will take place at the Huntington Library and provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period. Fifteen participants will also experiment with contemporary writing materials, learn the terminology and conventions for describing and editing early modern manuscripts, and, as time allows, discuss the important and evolving role of handwritten documents within a wider context of print, manuscript, and oral cultures. The institute emphasizes the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing. Examples will be drawn from the manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library.
ELIGIBILITY: The institute will enroll fifteen participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars..
AWARD: All successful applicants will receive a stipend of $1,250; non-local participants will receive reimbursement of up to an additional $2,500 for certain expenses. There are no fees associated with the institute.
SCHEDULE:
July 5, 2016—July 29, 2016
Tuesdays through Fridays, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2016
APPLICATION PROCEDURE
There is no application form. An application consists of items 1 through 4:
1. Cover sheet with the following information: Name; mailing address; email address; telephone number; present rank and institution name; date PhD received or expected; citizenship status.
2. A brief essay of no more than 250 words (double-spaced) that describes in detail: how the training that you will receive in the institute pertains to your scholarly and/or teaching interests; and your past experience and training in the use of primary source materials.
3. Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages.
4. One letter of recommendation in which the referee addresses the substance of your research plans. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact his/her referee and supply them with a description of the project. Please do not send letters from your job dossier or from Interfolio Scholar Services.
Please do not submit any materials in excess of the items listed above.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
The APPLICATION must be submitted as a single document in PDF file format only to paleography@huntington.org
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION—in PDF file format only—must be submitted directly from the recommender to paleography@huntington.org. Please reference applicant’s name in SUBJECT line. Letters should be no more than two pages in length.
APPLICATIONS AND LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY NO LATER THAN MARCH 1, 2016.
Please direct questions about the application process to paleography@huntington.org.
All applications and letters will receive an email acknowledgment of receipt.
All applicants will be notified of the results by no later than April 1, 2016.

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