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2020 TCCA Graduate Student Fellowship

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce its second annual Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance (TCCA) graduate student fellowship. The 2020 Thoreau Graduate Student Fellow will receive an award of $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in greater Boston area, plus free attendance at the 2020 Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in Concord, Massachusetts. (Attendance at the Annual Gathering is not required and will not be factored into the fellowship committee’s evaluation.)

We welcome applications from scholars whose work will contribute to Thoreau scholarship or whose work draws on Thoreau’s biography and writings to contribute to related fields (Thoreau’s circle, Transcendentalism, civil disobedience and social justice, environmentalism and conservation, etc.). Proposals can be for dissertations or thesis work or for other projects.

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, but we will also consider proposals that target other archives and resources in the greater Boston area. (Find out 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.
  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.
  3. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the graduate student’s work and proposed project (to be emailed separately to committee chair).
  4. Applications due by Sunday, March 1, 2020. Awardee will be notified by end of March and will be acknowledged in July at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, Concord, Massachusetts.

Please contact the fellowship committee chair with questions.

In wildness is the preservation of the world.”


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