If you are a science fiction scholar, I strongly recommend that you apply for the R. D. Mullen Fellowship, which funds research in the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection at the University of California, Riverside. I won one of these prestigious fellowships two years ago [read about my trip here], and my research made possible by the fellowship fueled the completion and defense of my dissertation. In fact, I am still sorting through all of the research that I collected during my two weeks in Riverside. The deadline for the next round of Mullen Fellowships is March 31, 2014, so don’t delay–send in your application! The call for applications is included below:
Call for Applications: R.D. Mullen Fellowship
Science Fiction Studies announces the sixth annual R.D. Mullen Fellowship supporting research in the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature at the University of California, Riverside. Awards of up to $1500 are available to fund research in the archive during the 2014-15 academic year. Students in good standing in graduate degree-granting programs are eligible to apply. We welcome applications from international students.
The Mullen Fellowship, named in honor of SFS’s founding editor, promotes archival work in the Eaton’s extensive holdings, which include over 100,000 hardcover and paperback books, over 250,000 fanzines, full runs of all major pulp and digest magazines, and the manuscripts of prominent sf writers such as Gregory Benford, David Brin, and Anne McCaffrey. Other noteworthy parts of the Collection are: 500 shooting scripts of science fiction films; 3500 volumes of proto-sf “boy’s books” of the Tom Swift variety; works of sf in numerous foreign languages, including Chinese, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, and Spanish; a large collection of taped fan conventions and taped interviews with American, British, and French writers; reference materials on topics such as applied science, magic, witchcraft, UFOs, and Star Trek; an extensive collection of anime and manga; and the largest holdings of critical materials on science fiction and fantasy in the United States. Further information about the Eaton Collection can be found online at: <http://eaton-collection.ucr.edu/>.
Applications should include a cover letter explaining the candidate’s academic experience and preparation, a CV, a 2-3 page proposal outlining a specific and well-developed agenda for research in the Eaton archive, a prospective budget detailing expenses, and two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic work. A list of previous winners, with summaries of their projects, may be found here:http://depauw.edu/site/sfs/mullenawards%20announcement.html
The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of sf scholars. Electronic submission is preferred. Applications should be sent to: Professor Rob Latham at <rob.latham at ucr.edu>.