Don Kelly Research Collection Fellowship Requirements and Application

  • Fellowships are open to scholars and artists, including independent scholars, whose research area focuses on LGBTQ issues covered in the Don Kelly collection.
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants who live at least 60 miles away from College Station. Texas A&M System employees are not eligible to apply.
  • Successful candidates will hold at minimum a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in a field relevant to the work they want to pursue for the fellowship. 
  • The fellowship is for a period of 3 weeks (minimum) to 3 months (maximum). Please specify desired fellowship stay in your application.
  • Fellows will be expected to work at the Cushing Library at least 4 full days each week, for the duration of their fellowship.
  • Fellowship is for research purposes and for individuals only. 
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident.
  • Background check required.
  • Applications are due December 2, 2016, and awardees will be notified by December 16, 2016. The 2016-2017 Fellowship residencies will take place between February 6 and August 31, 2017.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the Fellowship Committee:
    • Dr. Leroy Dorsey, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives & Graduate Instruction, Department of Communication
    • Rebecca Hankins, Curator, Women’s and Gender Studies, Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
    • Dr. Francesca Marini, Associate Dean for Special Collections and Director, Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
    • Dr. Krista May, Associate Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography

How to Apply: Interested candidates should submit completed applications in writing, via email, in PDF format, to, comprised of the following:

  • Application checklist (use form provided).
  • A cover letter.
  • A concise and well-written proposal: 500 to 1,500 words, single-spaced, 12-point font. Please detail how the Don Kelly collection is essential and critical to the candidate’s project.  Provide concrete examples of materials to be utilized over the course of the fellowship. The Don Kelly collection is currently being cataloged, but a list is available at: When discussing use, please keep in mind that some materials are copyrighted. Please discuss how the project is relevant to LGBTQ studies or advocacy.
  • A one-page plan and timeline outlining expected deliverables. Please specify the desired fellowship stay (between 3 weeks and 3 months).
  • Up-to-date résumé or CV, including a list of prior publications, if applicable.  Arts applicants should include between one and three representative examples of their work (i.e., performance programs, recordings, photos, writings, etc.).
  • Names and contact information of two references.
  • Two signed Letters of Recommendation sent directly to, by the December 2, 2016 deadline. Letters should speak to the applicant’s qualifications and research or artistic agenda.
  • A brief budget on how award funds are to be spent. GSA Per Diem rates are listed at:; please enter either College Station or Bryan, Texas. Information about College Station:; information about Bryan: Public transportation is most effective around the Texas A&M campus; there are fewer buses available during the summer months.

Applications will be judged on the basis of project significance, work plan, relationship to the applicants’ interests, and relevance.

Applications are due December 2, 2016 (by 11:59PM CST). Applicants will be notified by December 16, 2016.

For inquiries, please contact Rebecca Hankins at or Dr. Francesca Marini at

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