Research Fellowship

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CSA Research Fellowship

The Communal Studies Association invites applications for our annual Research Fellowship competition to support research on historic or contemporary intentional communities.

Amount

$1600. Half of the money is awarded upon announcement of the successful grant application, with the second half given after presentation of the research at a CSA conference. The winner is announced on May 1 of the award year, and the research is presented at the following year’s conference (e.g. the 2017 award’s research is presented at the 2018 conference).

Application Deadline

March 1st of the award year.

Applicant should provide

  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letters from two relevant references.
  • A two-page description of the overall project including what the applicant proposes to do, how he/she plans to accomplish such research, its goals, and its overall relevance or significance
  • A timeline of research activities including when and how the research will be presented at the CSA conference (paper, panel, A/V presentation, performance, exhibition, etc.)
  • A bibliography of intended resources to be consulted during the grant project, and a statement that these resources are open to the applicant; resources may include literature available through a library, items in a specific archive, and/or participants in a field research project for which the applicant may need approval from their institution’s Institutional Review Board
  • A detailed budget identifying how the funds will be used (specify if funds other than this grant are to be used and identify their sources).

Criteria

Research must meet the goals of the mission of the CSA (to encourage and facilitate the preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic communal sites, to study intentional communities past and present, to communicate the successful ideas from and lessons learned by these communal societies) and result in tangible scholarship that must be presented at a CSA conference.

Research activities and presentation of the research at the CSA conference should be completed within one and a half calendar years of the awarding of the grant, unless special circumstances intervene. Any exceptions must be discussed with the committee and will be approved at their discretion.

Qualifications of applicant

  1. Must be a CSA member in good standing at the time of application and at presentation of the research. To become a member, go to http://www.communalstudies.org/membership
  2. Need not be affiliated with an academic or historical institution, but qualifications to complete the stated research should be demonstrated through the applicant’s CV/resume and letters of recommendation.

Application

To apply to this fellowship email your project and qualifications to:
info@communalstudies.org