Fellowships and Prizes

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fellowships and prizes

The William Morris Society in the United States awards one fellowship and two student prizes annually.

You can view current calls for submissions and other fellowship and prize news here.

Fellowship

The Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship supports scholarly and creative work about William Morris.

At the discretion of the fellowship committee, a second fellowship, the William Morris Society Award, is sometimes also offered.

Student Prizes

The William Morris Society Student Essay Prize and Student Art Project Prize are awarded to undergraduate student essays and art projects related to William Morris.

Image: William Morris, Daisy, wallpaper, 1864. Victoria and Albert Museum.

Fellowship and Prize News

Call for Applications: 2023 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship

The William Morris Society in the United States calls for applications for the 2023 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship. The deadline is December 16, 2022. Applications are judged by committee, and the decision will be announced by January 31, 2023. The Dunlap...

2022 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship

The William Morris Society in the United States is pleased to announce that the 2022 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship has been awarded to Thomas Cooper, Ph.D. student in history of art at the University of Cambridge. Cooper will use the funds to conduct research...

Call for Submissions: Undergraduate Student Prize 2022

The William Morris Society in the United States invites submissions for a new Undergraduate Student Prize. Two prizes will be awarded annually: the William Morris Society in the United States Undergraduate Student Essay Prize and The William Morris Society in the...

FellowshipS

The Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship is awarded annually by the William Morris Society in the United States to support scholarly and creative work about William Morris. Applications are welcomed every October and judged by a committee of WMS-US board members.

The fellowship offers funding of $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 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 a Ph.D.

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

 

Image: William Morris, Jasmine, wallpaper, 1872. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Student Prizes

Beginning in the 2021-22 academic year, the William Morris Society in the United States will offer two Undergraduate Student Prizes, one for an essay and one for an art project.

Prize winners will receive $250 and an invitation to publish their work in the Society’s Useful and Beautiful magazine – or, in the case of digital art projects such as videos, on the Society website.

To submit their work for consideration, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. All submissions must also be accompanied by an academic nomination. Entrants may only enter in one category each year.

Essays and projects may have been produced at any point during the academic year. The call for submissions is issued at the end of the fall term (early December), and the deadline is at the end of the spring term (early June).

Essay Prize

Essays addressing any aspect of the work of William Morris are eligible. We welcome submissions from students working in all disciplines.

Essays should be in English, up to 8,000 words, and should not have been previously published.

Art Project Prize

Artistic projects addressing any aspect of the work of William Morris are eligible. We welcome submissions from students working in all visual artistic media.

The artistic project must be either the original work of one undergraduate student, or a collaborative original project between multiple undergraduate students who hope to split the prize proceedings equally.

Artists’ statements should be written in English, 500 words or less, and should not have been previously published. The artistic entry may not include any material that is trademarked or protected by copyright.

Image: William Morris, “Willow Boughs”, wallpaper, 1887. Brooklyn Museum.