Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships

Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2013-2014

The Fellowship program now has two purposes.  Continuing as is in the past, one is to encourage the scholarly use of Berea's existing non-commercial audio / video collections. The other, new for 2013-1014, is to support new documentation projects that produce primary source material of lasting value for future research use in the Berea College Archives. Awards in support of either type of research are for one month with stipends of $3,000.

Project Outcomes Supported:

Research use of Berea's noncommercial media collections involves an on-campus period of residence. Typically, supported outcomes include print publication, documentary media, class room teaching, and web-based resources. These collections document Appalachian history and culture and are especially strong in the areas of traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore, radio programs, and oral history.

The program supports new research and documentation projects in the areas of traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore, radio, and other aspects of community life such as labor, food-ways and crafts. Primary source materials created through Fellowship support may include audio and video recordings, photographs, and transcribed interviews. They must be of high technical quality and in standard lossless digital formats.

Documentation projects must culminate with a public presentation of selected documentation through an exhibition, public event, printed materials, video or Web site publication.

For 2013-2014 Applications
The fellowships must be taken up between July 2013 and June 2014. All Fellowship supported research must be finished by June 30, 2014. Fellows are expected to be in residence during the term of the fellowship and are encouraged to participate in campus and community activities.

Deadlines for Proposals
The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2013 for July through December 2013. December 1, 2013 for January through June 2014.

The deadline for July through December 2013 proposals is June 1, 2013. For January through June 2014 proposals the deadline is December 1, 2013.

There is no application form. Applicants are asked to submit a proposal that includes:

1.    Identifying and contact information, applicant's background and interest in the particular subject area.

2.    A summary of the proposed project.

3.    Project timeline - field work / residence period

4.    For Archives based projects, provide detailed description of the anticipated use of Berea collections. Please discuss specific collection material and their relevance to the project.

5.    Anticipated research outcomes and audiences (e.g., print publications, audio/video documentaries, exhibition, public event / performance, teaching, web-based resources).

6.    Three letters of recommendation from colleagues familiar with the applicant's work and who are qualified to judge the proposal. For graduate degree candidates, the recommendations must include those of the professor directing the applicant's research and the department chair. Applicants are responsible for contacting all persons providing recommendations.

For information about Berea's Sound Archives and other traditional music collections, see

For additional information about Berea's Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships, see

Proposals or inquiries should be sent to

Harry Rice
Special Collections & Archives
Berea College, Berea, KY 40404