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The Sound Archives Fellowship program has two purposes. One is to encourage the scholarly use of Berea's existing non-commercial audio / video collections. The other is to support new cultural 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 $4,000.

Fellows who conduct new cultural documentation projects will provide Berea College the original versions of primary source materials created during the course of fellowship supported research. Sound recordings, video recordings, photographs, and transcribed interviews must be of high technical quality and in standard lossless digital formats.

For 2014-2015 Applications:

The fellowships must be taken up between July 2014 and June 2015. Fellows using Berea's existing media collections are expected to be in residence during the term of the fellowship and are encouraged to participate in campus and community activities.

All Fellowship supported research must be finished by June 30, 2015.

Deadline for proposals: The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2014 for July through December 2014. December 1, 2014 for January through June 2015.

How to Apply: 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, a 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.

Proposals or inquiries should be sent to:

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

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