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Georgian Papers Programme Mount Vernon Fellowship 2017-18

Posted on 20/07/2017
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The Georgian Papers Programme at King’s College London invites applications for the King’s College London Mount Vernon Fellowship for 2017-18.

The King’s College Mount Vernon Fellowship allows a scholar to pursue research and writing in the Washington Library at Mount Vernon for a period of one month, or in exceptional circumstances up to 2 months. The fellowship supports travel and living expenses of the recipient. For the duration of the fellowship the fellow will reside in the Washington Library’s scholars’ residence at Mount Vernon and have full use of the extensive facilities. The fellow will be expected to carry out a programme of research or writing specified in the application.

Area of research

In making an award, priority will be given to research aligned with the mission of the Washington Library and the Georgian Papers Programme, but applications will be considered from all those whose research could benefit from the residency, and the opportunities for scholarly exchange and collaboration that residency at Mount Vernon would make possible.

Who can apply?

Applications can be considered from any scholar employed by King’s College London or current PhD student, regardless of departmental or faculty affiliation, and from scholars associated with the Georgian Papers Programme at King’s such as Summer Fellows. Timing details of the residency at Mount Vernon can be decided between the Fellow and the Washington Library once an award has been made. Other details regarding the arrangements and funding can be consulted here.

How to apply

To apply for the Fellowship, please fill out the application form, and send it with a CV and statement of proposed research of no more than 1,000 words to Professor Arthur Burns, Academic Director of the Georgian Papers Programme at King’s College London (arthur.burns@kcl.ac.uk) by 31 August 2017.

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About Mount Vernon and the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Mount Vernon, situated on the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, some 15 miles south of the centre of Washington DC, was the plantation home of George and Martha Washington, who are both buried there. One of the most important historic sites in the United States, and maintained in trust by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the estate attracts more than a million visitors each year.

The estate is also home to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, opened in 2013 to advance appreciation and understanding of the first president of the United States. The Library houses Washington’s books and manuscripts, a further 1,500 eighteenth-century volumes, and a large collection of nineteenth-century newspapers, manuscripts, and documents. It is also a scholarly retreat and offers educational outreach, seminars and training programs with a special focus on Washington’s leadership. Further information about the library can be found here.

In 2015 the Washington Library inaugurated a new academic partnership with King’s College London in support of the Georgian Papers Programme thanks to the generous support of the Amanda and Greg Gregory Family Fund. Two Mount Vernon fellows have already visited Britain through the programme: Bruce Ragsdale, researching the agricultural interests of George Washington and George III, and Flora Fraser, biographer of George and Martha Washington. The fellowship announced here is the first in a series of reciprocal visiting appointments which will help cement the collaboration. King’s College London is extremely grateful to the Washington Library for helping to make this exciting academic opportunity possible.

The Georgian Papers Programme

On 1 April 2015 the Georgian Papers Programme was launched at Windsor Castle in the presence of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. This innovative collaboration between King's College London and the Royal Collection Trust, a charitable arm of the Royal Household, will by 2020 digitize and make freely available to a global public the Royal Archives held in the Round Tower at Windsor Castle which pertain to the reigns of the Hanoverian monarchs from George I to William IV.

These archives provide the opportunity for a major scholarly reappraisal of many key aspects of the history of the period, containing as they do an extraordinarily rich collection including correspondence, maps and royal household ledgers pertaining to every aspect of the royal family’s extensive engagement with both the domestic (in every sense) and the global Georgian world. The first documents to be released are already available here.

King’s College London is leading the academic interpretation supporting the project in close collaboration with a growing number of institutions and organizations equally committed to serious but publicly accessible study of the period including, alongside Mount Vernon, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture; the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg; the Library of Congress; and the Sons of the American Revolution. The next few years will see an extensive programme of research, public events and online: for current activity please see here.

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