Archives & Special Collections, in partnership with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, is pleased to offer authors and illustrators funding to use the substantial book and manuscript collections in the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection to support new children’s literature and illustration projects. The James Marshall Fellowship is awarded biennially to a promising author and/or illustrator to assist with the creation of new children’s literature. Support is provided for research in the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection for the creation of new text or illustrations intended for a children’s book, magazine, or other publication.

Awards are variable and are made based on a proposed budget. The fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who are selected by the Archivist of the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, with consultation from UConn faculty. Criteria for selection include the significance of the individual’s project, the need to use the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection in support of the creation of new literature or illustration, and letters of support. Awards are advertised electronically and in printed scholarly publications.

The James Marshall Fellowship recipient agrees to conduct research in Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center for the duration of the visit and as indicated in the proposal, describe the research experience, indicating the value of the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection to the project in a post to be published on the Archives’ web blog written in accordance with the Archives & Special Collections editorial guidelines, or in a public lecture arranged in consultation with the Archivist. Posts should be coherent, accurate, at least 1,000 words in length, contain at least three images, include a biographical statement describing the author, and written with a broad readership in mind. All blog entries are reviewed for accuracy and consistency by the Managing Editor of the blog, meet with University faculty to discuss the project if requested.

Applicants should submit the following materials with their application:

  • a brief description (no more than two pages) of the project and a preliminary list of collection materials to be consulted to conduct the research
  • a current resume
  • a proposed budget
  • two letters of support, from appropriate individuals, attesting to the value of the project

Deadline: Applications are accepted and reviewed biennially (odd years). The deadline for submission is January 30 for research visits in March-February. Applicants will receive written notification, if their proposal is approved, within one month of the deadline. Fellowship funds are paid following completion of the requirements of the fellowship. A minimum period of eight weeks is necessary to process and deliver the award check.

Send applications to:

Kristin Eshelman
Archives & Special Collections
University of Connecticut Library
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205

For more information contact Kristin Eshelman, (860) 486-4506