PENNSYLVANIA STATE ARCHIVES SCHOLARS IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Scholars in Residence Program supports short-term, full-time research and study in collections maintained by the Pennsylvania State Archives.
The Scholars in Residence Program has a four-fold purpose:
- to promote the interpretation of Pennsylvania history;
- to encourage research that draws upon the Pennsylvania State Archives' collections;
- to promote the dissemination of research findings to both the professional community of scholars and the public; and
- to develop collegial relationships between scholars and Archives' staff.
Stipends are awarded for a period of up to four consecutive weeks at the rate of $800 per week. Residencies may begin June 15 of the year in which application is made and must be completed by August 15.
Proposals that address the State Archives’ interest in public policy, as well as those that focus on social history, the history of people underrepresented in the state’s historical record, including but not limited to minorities and women, are encouraged.
Applicants are encouraged to identify relevant State Archives collections, assess their availability and accessibility, and discuss their research agenda with appropriate staff prior to submitting a proposal.
Because the Commission is interested in making history meaningful and accessible to diverse audiences, applicants are encouraged to develop clear plans for sharing the results of their research with both the professional community and the public at large. Research that is likely to result in widespread dissemination through non-specialized publications, films, exhibitions, and other means is welcome, as is research with implications for the development and evaluation of public policy.
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
Residencies are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of academic scholars from the Pennsylvania Historical Association, State Archives staff, State Library of Pennsylvania, and State Historical Records Advisory Board. The selection committee will be guided by the following criteria:
- the significance of the researched proposed;
- the clarity of the proposal;
- the quality of the work anticipated and the likelihood that the proposed project will be successfully completed;
- the relevance of the research topic to ongoing State Archives programs;
- the value of State Archives collections to the proposed research;
- plans for disseminating the results of the research to both the academic community and wider public.
Records at the State Archives may be consulted Wednesday-Friday 9AM-4PM.
Microfilm research only is available on Saturday from 9AM-12PM and 1PM to 4PM.
Research on Monday and Tuesday may be available on a case by case basis, but must be negotiated in advance with the State Archives.
Published works related to a scholar’s research may be consulted at the nearby State Library of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30AM- 5PM; and on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.
It is our intention to provide an intern to work with each scholar to provide modest assistance with pulling records, copying, scanning, and working on bibliography/report text.
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