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The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship

The Packer Fellowship is named for Barbara Lee Packer (1947-2010), who taught with great distinction for thirty years in the UCLA English department. Her publications, most notably Emersonís Fall (1982) and her lengthy essay on the Transcendentalist movement in the Cambridge History of American Literature (1995), reprinted as The Transcendentalists by the University of Georgia Press (2007), continue to be esteemed by students of Emerson and of the American Renaissance generally. She is remembered as an inspiring teacher, a lively and learned writer, and a helpful friend to all scholars in her field—in short, as a consummate professional whose undisguised delight in literature was the secret of a long-sustained success. In naming the Fellowship for her, the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society offers her as a model worthy of the attention and emulation of scholars newly entering the field.

Criteria

The Barbara L. Packer Fellowship is awarded to individuals engaged in scholarly research and writing related to the Transcendentalists in general, and most especially to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau.

Barbara L. Packer Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.

Contact Information

For further information, contact:
Telephone: (508) 755-5221
FAX: (508) 754-9069
e-mail: academicfellowships[at]mwa.org

Stipend

$1,850 per month
or
$1,350 per month including housing in the Society's Fellows' Residence

Length of Term

One month

Eligibility

Both postdoctoral scholars and doctoral candidates may apply

Deadlines

January 15 is the application deadline