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About the William Morris Society Fellowship Program

The Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship awarded by the William Morris Society in the United States supports scholarly and creative work about William Morris.  The fellowship offers funding $1000 or more for research and other expenses, including travel to conferences and libraries. Projects may deal with any subject—biographical, literary, historical, social, artistic, political, typographical—relating to Morris. The Society also encourages translations of Morris's works and the production of teaching materials (lesson plans and course materials) suitable for use at the elementary, secondary, college or adult-education level. Applications are sought particularly from younger members of the Society and from those at the beginning of their careers. Recipients may be from any country and need not have an academic or institutional appointment, nor must recipients hold the Ph.D.

In some years the Society offers a second, smaller fellowship, the William Morris Society Award (the amount to be determined by the committee of judges).  The purpose and aims of this second award are the same as for the Joseph R. Dunlap Fellowship.

The 2017 award went to Sara Leonard for "The Beauty of Bough-hung Banks: William Morris in the Thames Landscape" [2017 not 2016]  The 2018 award went to Shyam Patel for "Romanticism, Socialism, and Organicism: William Morris's Late Career Politics"

Applicants should send a two-page description of their projects, along with a c.v. and at least one letter of recommendation. For a translation project, please submit an additional letter from a recognized authority able to certify the applicant's competence in both languages. For teaching materials, we ask also for a cover letter describing the ways in which the materials might be used in learning situations. The Society would be pleased to publish any completed translation or teaching materials on its website, but this is not a requirement. 

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2018. Applications are judged by committee, and the decision announced by 15 January 2019.

Send applications to: paul.acker@slu.edu and jcarlin@pugetsound.edu 

Submissions, including supporting documents, should be sent via email (letters of recommendation should be emailed separately by the recommender), with Joseph Dunlap Fellowship in the subject line. Although recipients are not required to be members of the William Morris Society, we encourage those applying to join and to share in the benefits of  membership.

See Reports by Past Fellowship Award Recipients