Horatio Alger Fellowship for the Study of American Popular Culture

Northern Illinois University

The University Libraries, Northern Illinois University, invite applications for the Horatio Alger Fellowship for the Study of American Popular Culture. Funding is available to scholars who will be using materials from the Libraries’ major holdings in American popular culture. These holdings include the nation’s preeminent collections related to Horatio Alger, Jr. and Edward Stratemeyer. The Albert Johannsen and Edward T. LeBlanc Collections of more than 50,000 dime novels, as well as the complementary Merriwell Collection, are also eligible for research under this fellowship. Other possible collections for examination include our comic books, science fiction and fantasy literature, Lovecraft Collection, and the American Popular Literature Collection. Topics which could draw on the collections’ strengths might include the plight of urban children, images of the American West in popular literature, widespread use of pseudonyms, and stereotypical portrayals.

Preference will be given to applicants who signify an interest in conducting research related to Horatio Alger, Jr. Fellowship recipients may be awarded up to a $2000 stipend.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a brief proposal for their research, and two letters of recommendation to:

Horatio Alger FellowshipCurator of Rare Books and Special Collections
University Libraries, Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2868

Electronic applications may be emailed to the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

The deadline for application is May 31. Research must take place between July 1 and December 31 in the year awarded.

Note: Unfortunately, due to state and university regulations, this award is available to US residents only.

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