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Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship in Florida Studies


The University of South Florida Libraries’ Florida Studies Center in Tampa, FL, invites applications from graduate students for a month-long, in-residence research fellowship. The Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship awards $2,500 to an M.A. student or Ph.D. candidate engaged in research on a Florida studies topic. The successful applicant will be invited to share his or her research in congenial public forums during the fellowship period.

The Florida Studies Center has extensive collections and faculty expertise in many areas, including but not limited to: Tampa/Hillsborough history, modern Florida politics, foodways, agriculture, anthropology, African American history, Native American history, literature, geography, environmental studies, sociology, women’s studies, LGBT issues, immigration and mutual aid societies, and the history of the University of South Florida, including the Johns Committee [Florida Legislative Investigation Committee].

Applicants for the fellowship should submit a résumé or c.v., a reference letter, and a proposal of 750-1,000 words that clearly details the nature of the study and how specific resources and holdings at the University of South Libraries and other local institutions are crucial to their research interests.

The application deadline is April 15, 2014, and the fellowship may be taken anytime between May 15 and August 15. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree at an accredited institution and be a U.S. citizen.

You may use the form below to submit your application, or send a copy to the address listed below:

Fill out my online form.

Or, send applications to:

Patrick Riordan Memorial Research Fellowship
c/o Florida Studies Center, USF Libraries
4202 E. Fowler Ave, LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33620-5400.

For more information, contact:

Matt Knight, Assistant Librarian
USF Libraries Special Collections Department and Florida Studies Center
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB412
Tampa, FL 33620
mtknight@usf.edu (813) 974-6266

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