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.
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.
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 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Wednesday through Friday
Conditions of Award
Scholars are expected to be engaged in full-time research and study at the State Archives and State Library facilities during their tenure. They will also be required to produce the following products: An annotated bibliography/final report describing the State Archives collections consulted during residency that can be used by the State Archives to update finding aids and various websites; a feedback survey regarding the SIR experience; and at least one of the following three products to be negotiated between the scholar and the Pennsylvania Historical Association: 1. Journal article or highlight, 2. Website update, or 3. Conference paper. Award recipients will be required to sign a contract specifying the terms of their residency.
2/15/19 - Deadline for applications
4/1/19 - Selections made
5/1/19 - Contract negotiation ends
6/17/19 - Research visits begin
8/16/19 - Research visits end
8/31/19 - Researcher bibliography/reports due to the State Archives
TBD - Researcher product due to Pennsylvania Historical Association
The Scholars in Residence Program is open to all who are currently engaged in or who plan to conduct research on Pennsylvania history, including academic scholars, public sector professionals in history-related disciplines, independent scholars, graduate students, writers, filmmakers, and educators. The Commission does not discriminate based on sex, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability.
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