VanArsdel Prize 2014

Rosemary_VanArsdel-400The VanArsdel Prize is awarded annually to the best graduate student essay investigating Victorian periodicals and newspapers. The prize was established in 1990 to honor Rosemary VanArsdel (at left), a founding member of RSVP whose groundbreaking research continues to shape the field of nineteenth-century periodical studies. The deadline for next year’s award competition is May 1, 2014. For further information, please see our page under the Awards heading.

New Curran Index

A new edition of the Curran Index by Gary Simons and the late Eileen Curran has been published. See our Curran Index page under the Research menu item for details. For subsequent editions, scholars are encouraged to contribute their own discoveries about the authorship of stories, poems, and articles in the Victorian press; contact Dr. Simons for details.

Curran Fellowship

RSVP is pleased to announce the competition for the sixth annual Curran Fellowship, 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 Fellowship is 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. The deadline for applications is October 21. The full call for applications can be found here, with further guidelines here.

Colby Prize Submissions

The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is pleased to announce this year’s call for submissions for the Robert and Vineta Colby Scholarly Book Prize, awarded to the scholarly book that most advances the understanding of the nineteenth-century British newspaper or periodical press. Additional information about the prize is available here. To nominate a book or to raise an enquiry, please email the chair of the Prize Committee, Laurel Brake (, by December 31st, 2013. Further information available from our practical guide here.

Gale Fellowship

RSVP is pleased to announce the fourth annual Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship, made possible by the generosity of publisher Gale, part of Cengage Learning, in support of dissertation research that makes substantial use of full-text digitized collections of 19th-century British magazines and newspapers. A prize of $1500 will be awarded, together with one year’s passworded subscription to selected digital collections from Gale, including 19th Century UK Periodicals and 19th Century British Library Newspapers. Closing date 1 November 2013. For further information please click here.