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Youth Research Fellowships Deadline

Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science is pleased to invite applications for two $1,500 research fellowships:

  • The Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship was endowed by SLIS alumna Jacqueline M. Albers to support a guest scholar who will study children’s literature using the collections in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center.
  • The Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research, supported by Dr. Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz, encourages scholarly research on the study of picture books using the resources of the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art.

Each fellowship provides a stipend of $1,500 for outstanding scholars to spend approximately one week on-site, researching children’s literature, picture books, posters or ephemera related to picturebooks in the Reinberger Children's Library Center and Marantz Picturebook Collection at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science in Kent, Ohio, U.S.A. 

Following is a sampling of the types of studies that could be done using the collections:

  • The art of picture book illustration (media and techniques)
  • Themes and trends in children’s literature
  • Social construction of childhood through children’s literature
  • Social justice in children’s picturebooks
  • Studies of American Children’s Award winners
  • Historical perspectives on children’s literature (and the work of May Hill Arbuthnot)
  • Contemporary perspectives (ebook vs. print picture books)
  • Reviewing studies (Including the work of Ken and Sylvia Marantz)
  • Publishing studies on books for young readers
  • Study of pop-ups/paper engineering

Criteria for Eligibility

Albers: Applicants will be evaluated based on their proven dedication to the study of children’s literature (not specifically picture books) and selection of a topic of study related to the Reinberger and Marantz collections.

Marantz: Applicants will be evaluated based on their proven dedication to the study of children’s picture books and selection of a topic of study related to the Reinberger and Marantz collections.

Preference will be given to topics likely to be published or otherwise disseminated. Awards also will be based on applicants’ scholarly qualifications. Applicants must hold at least a master’s degree. Applicants from diverse academic disciplines are welcome to apply, including but not limited to: youth services librarianship, school library media, children's literature, art, education, English, communication, media studies, design, art education, illustration, publishing, and others interested in studying youth literature, young people and reading.

Application Process

Please provide the following materials using the application form.

  • A two-page summary addressing the topic of your proposed study and the potential impact of your work. Include an outline of the project and its relationship to previous and current scholarship in the field, how the resources of the Kent State collections will support your research, as well as the anticipated outcome of the project and plans for publication.
  • Curriculum vitae / resume including name, title, contact information, education.
  • A proposed budget of anticipated travel and research expenses, and suggested dates of study in Kent.

Funds will be awarded after completion of the on-site research. 

Applications must be submitted on the appropriate form no later than midnight on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Winners will be announced via email on or before Monday, March 6, 2017.

Conditions

  • Recipients of the Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research must be willing to present (in-person or online) their research related to the fellowship findings at a future picture book symposium hosted by Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science.
  • Recipients of the Albers Fellowship must be willing to present (in-person or online) their research related to the fellowship findings at a future symposium hosted by Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science.
  • Recipients must be willing to have their name, photo and title of research promoted via publicity and marketing channels at Kent State University.
  • Any publications resulting from this support should credit the appropriate fellowship.
  • Applicants agree to send a copy of any ensuing publications to the Reinberger Children’s Library Center at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science.

 

Questions? Contact Michelle R. Baldini, mbaldini@kent.edu.