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Thoreau Society Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellowship, 2019

The Thoreau Society is pleased to announce the fourth 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, the annual Walter Harding Lecture Series, and elsewhere.

The 2019 Marjorie Harding Memorial Fellow will receive $1,000 for travel and Thoreau-related research in greater Boston area, plus free attendance at the 2019 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 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.). 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, but we will also consider proposals that target other archives
and resources in the greater Boston area.

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

Current curriculum vitae or resume.
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.
Graduate students only: Optional letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student’s work and proposed project (to be emailed separately to committee chair).

Applications due by Friday, March 1, 2019. Awardee will be notified by end of March and acknowledged in July at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, Concord, Massachusetts.

Please contact fellowship committee chair with questions.

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