January 20, 2009

Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence Grant Applications

Jane Austen

Goucher College is now accepting applications for its competitive Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence program, which offers the selected scholar a week to research Goucher’s extraordinary Austen collection, work with related undergraduate classes, and present a public lecture on an Austen-related topic. The grant also provides a $1,000 stipend, travel expenses, and accommodations.

Interested scholars should send a vita, research and lecture proposal, and two confidential letters of recommendation to Nancy Magnuson, college librarian, either electronically to nancy.magnuson@goucher.edu or in hard copy to Julia Rogers Library, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204. 

Application materials are due by March 16, 2009. The selected scholar will complete the residency during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Goucher established the Jane Austen Scholar-in-Residence program in 2000 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the collection’s donation by Alberta Hirshheimer Burke, a Goucher alumna of the Class of 1928. Over a period of 40 years, Burke and her husband, prominent Baltimorean Henry Burke, collected Austen first editions and rare period publications related to the life and landscape of rural England. This nationally renowned collection also includes Alberta Burke’s own notebooks of Austen-related memorabilia and correspondence with Austen collectors and scholars.

For an overview of the Burke Austen collection, see https://www.goucher.edu/x10707.xml. For additional information or to request an electronic copy of the finding aid to the collection, please contact Special Collections Librarian and College Archivist Tara Olivero at tara.olivero@goucher.edu.

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Nancy Magnuson
College Librarian