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EDIS invites applications for the Scholar in Amherst Program. The scholarship, which is awarded annually, is designed to support research on Emily Dickinson at institutions such as the Frost Library of Amherst College, the Jones Public Library, the Mount Holyoke College Archives, the Dickinson Homestead, the Evergreens, and the Amherst Historical Society. The award is a $2,000 fellowship to be used for expenses related to that research, such as travel, accommodations, or a rental car. Upon completion of their research in Amherst, recipients will write a letter to the EDIS Board outlining what they achieved as a result of EDIS support. A minimum stay of one week in Amherst is required. Recipients also may use the fellowship to initiate a lengthier stay in the area. Preference will be given to persons with completed PhDs who are in the early stages of their careers.

The Scholar in Amherst Program was inaugurated in 2002 by a generous donation from Sylvia F. Rogosa, made in honor of her daughter, Vivian Pollak, second president of the EDIS. The 2003 award was named in honor of Myra Fraser Fallon, mother of EDIS Treasurer Dr. James Fraser.
The 2004 award was named in honor of renowned Dickinson scholar Brita Lindberg-Seyersted and those in 2005 and 2006 for Professor Everett Emerson to recognize his contributions to Dickinson studies as well as early American literature. The 2007 Scholar in Amherst Award honored Suzanne Juhasz and Jane Donahue Eberwein, Dickinson scholars and founding members of the EDIS. The 2008 Scholar in Amherst Award honored Roland Hagenbüchle, an influential international Dickinson scholar and avid supporter of EDIS. The 2009 award honored
Everett Emerson.

To apply for the 2010 Scholar in Amherst Award, please submit a curriculum vitae, letter of introduction (written by the applicant), a two-page project proposal, and a brief bibliography, by May 15, 2010, to Paul Crumbley at; inquiries may also be directed to Martha Nell Smith at and Eleanor Heginbotham at
Letters of recommendation are not accepted as part of the application packet.