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The Emily Dickinson International Society invites applications for the Scholar in Amherst Program. The program supports research on Emily Dickinson at institutions such as the Frost Library of Amherst College, the Jones Public Library, the Mount Holyoke College Archives, the Emily Dickinson Museum, and the Amherst Historical Society. The award is a $2000 fellowship to be used for expenses related to that research, such as travel, accommodations, or a rental car. 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.

For 2006, the Scholar in Amherst Award will be named, for the second time, in honor of Everett Emerson, who died in 2002. He was the first male guide at the Dickinson Homestead, played a central role in bringing Dickinson’s dress to the Homestead, and organized “Emily Dickinson: A Centennial Conference” at the University of North Carolina in 1986. Though he is best known for his scholarship on early American literature and Mark Twain, Emerson’s unflagging enthusiasm for Dickinson inspired a generation of Dickinson scholars.

To apply for the 2006 Everett Emerson Scholar in Amherst Award, please send three copies of a curriculum vitae, a letter of introduction (written by the applicant), a two-page project proposal, and a brief bibliography by October 15, 2006, to Marianne Noble, Chair, Scholar in Amherst Selection Committee, Inquiries also may be addressed to Jane Eberwein, Department of English, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309-4401, USA or Recommendation letters are not accepted as part of the application packet.