A. C. Elias Jr. Irish-American Research Travel Fellowships for 2018

The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) has awarded A.C. Elias, Jr., Irish-American Research Travel Fellowships for 2018 to Kelly J. Hunnings, a Ph.D. Student at the University of New Mexico and Kevin Murphy, a Ph.D student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Both scholars are writing dissertations that require research into primary eighteenth-century materials in Ireland. Ms. Hunnings’s will travel to Ireland during the summer of 2018 to work on a research project entitled “Ireland and the Laboring-Class Poetic Tradition: The Ecology of the Domestic in Mary Barber’s Verse.” Mr. Murphy’s research trip to Ireland will involve masonic records in Dublin and Cork and the Rebellion Papers at the National Library for a project entitled “Coercion and Sworn Bond in the Eighteenth-Century British Atlantic.”

The A. C. Elias, Jr. Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship, with $2500 in annual funding, supports “documentary scholarship on Ireland in the period between the Treaty of Limerick (1691) and the Act of Union (1800), by enabling North American-based scholars to travel to Ireland and Irish-based scholars to travel to North America”. Projects conducting original research on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland qualify for consideration, but recipients must be either (1) members of ASECS who have permanent residence in the United States or Canada, or (2) members of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, residing in Ireland.

The closing date for the next A. C. Elias, Jr. Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship is 15 November 2018. Applications should be sent to the fellowship’s two trustees: Dr. Jason McElligott, The Keeper, Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, Ireland (jason.mcelligott@marshlibrary.ie) and Dr. James May (jem4@psu.edu; 1423 Hillcrest Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17603, USA).

Applications must consist of:
• The coversheet downloaded from the ASECS website: https://asecs.press.jhu.edu/general%20site/travelgr.html
• A short curriculum vitae (no more than 3 pages)
• A description of the project to be undertaken (no more than 3 pages, treating its contribution to the field and work to be done during the proposed research period)
• A one-page bibliography of related books and articles
• An indicative budget for the research trip
• Two signed letters of recommendation.

Further information is available from the trustees, Dr McElligott and Dr May, at the email addresses listed above.