Curran Fellowships competition opens, applications due December 1, 2016

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) is pleased to announce the competition for the ninth annual Curran Fellowships, a set of travel and research grants intended to aid scholars studying 19th-century British magazines and newspapers in making use of primary print and archival sources. The Curran Fellowships are made possible through the generosity of the late Eileen Curran, Professor Emerita of English, Colby College, and inspired by her pioneering research on Victorian periodicals. This year, RSVP anticipates awarding at least six fellowships of as much as $5000 each.

Visit the Curran Fellowships page to read the full call for proposals and reports of previous winners. A printable version of these guidelines and instructions for the 2016-17 Curran Fellowships competition may be found here.

PhD Studentships – Professions and the Press

If any colleagues have outstanding students about to complete their MA or BA and who might be interested in doing a PhD on any aspect of professions and the press (except medical) in the long nineteenth century, they should consider applying to the University of Greenwich, UK

http://www2.gre.ac.uk/research/study/studentships.

Prospective candidates are also welcome to contact the Director of Studies informally:

Professor Andrew King:  a.king@gre.ac.uk.

Postgraduate Research Blog Launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of our postgraduate research blog.

The Research blog area is a space for our postgraduate students to showcase their research projects and for the wider RSVP community to read and enjoy!

Each post will include the contact details of our featured writer. We encourage you to get in touch with them for further discussion of the topics raised.

Our inaugural post comes from Ann M. Hale (University of Greenwich) and is entitled ‘On Serendipity.’ You can read it here.

If you would like to write a blog post for the website please contact Helena Goodwyn at graduate@rs4vp.org.

VanArsdel Graduate Student Essay Prize

The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honour Rosemary VanArsdel, a founding member of RSVP whose groundbreaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies. The deadline for this year’s award competition is May 1, 2015. The winner will receive $500 and publication in the spring 2016 issue of Victorian Periodicals Review. Submissions should be 15-25 pages, excluding notes and bibliography. Manuscripts should not have appeared in print. For further details about the prize, contact the editor of VPR, Alexis Easley (maeasley@stthomas.edu).