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2020 Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the fifth annual Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship, generously funded by the Harding family. The fellowship honors the life and legacy of Marjorie Brook Harding, who worked diligently to bring together the Thoreau Society, the Walden Woods Project, and SUNY Geneseo so as to advance Thoreau studies and conservation of Thoreau Country and to keep alive the legacy of Walter Harding, Marjorie’s husband, widely known as the dean of Thoreau studies. The fruits of this labor can be seen in the Digital Thoreau Project and in the annual Walter Harding Lecture Series at SUNY Geneseo.

The 2020 Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellow will receive an award of $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in the greater Boston area, plus free attendance at the 2020 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord. (Attendance at the Annual Gathering is not required and will not be factored into the fellowship committee’s evaluation.)

We welcome applications from emerging and established scholars whose work advances Thoreau scholarship or draws on Thoreau’s biography and writings to contribute to related fields (Thoreau’s circle, Transcendentalism, civil disobedience and social justice, environmentalism and conservation, among other topics). We also welcome proposals from teachers, creative artists, and Thoreau enthusiasts.

Preference will be given to proposals that make use of the Walter Harding Collection or other collections at the Thoreau Institute Library in Lincoln, Massachusetts. The committee will consider proposals that target other archives and resources in the greater Boston area. (Learn more about TS Collections on our Research and Resources page.)

Applicants should email the following to fellowship committee chair James Finley:

  1. Current curriculum vitae or resume.
  2. Proposal of no more than one thousand words. Please describe the project and its significance, situating the work within relevant scholarship; specifying the resources you wish to consult at the Thoreau Institute or in the archives of the greater Boston area; and outlining your plan for sharing the results of your work.

Applications due by Sunday, March 1, 2020.  Awardee will be notified by end of March and acknowledged in July at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, Concord, Massachusetts.

Please contact the fellowship committee chair with questions.

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