Welty Fellow Applications Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted for the Eudora Welty Research Fellowship. Established by the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Department of Archives and History, the $2,000 fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for research within the department’s Eudora Welty Collection.

“I am pleased to announce the 2013 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship and the Welty Foundation’s generous increase of this year’s award to $2,000,” said Julia Marks Young, director of the MDAH Archives and Record Services Division. “We are looking forward to welcoming another highly qualified fellow this summer.”

The stipend may be used for travel, housing, and other expenses during the Welty fellow’s two-week minimum stay in Jackson. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2013.

The first Eudora Welty Research Fellow was Georgia State University doctoral candidate Elizabeth Crews. She used the fellowship to continue research for her dissertation, which examined the role of home in Welty’s novels Delta Wedding and The Optimist’s Daughter. Crews is now an assistant professor of English at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

The 2012 fellowship was awarded to Monica C. Miller, currently a doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University. Miller’s research was focused on the role of appearance and its relationship to female characters in Welty’s A Curtain of Green, The Wide Net, and The Golden Apples, and her unpublished story “The Alterations.”

The Eudora Welty Collection at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the premier collection of Eudora Welty materials in the world and one of the most varied literary collections in the United States. The collection includes manuscripts, letters, photographs, drawings, essays, and film and video footage that spans Welty’s entire life. Beginning in 1957, and over the course of more than forty years, Welty donated materials to the department, primarily literary manuscripts and photographs. At her death the remainder of her papers were bequeathed to MDAH and included unpublished manuscripts and 14,000 items of correspondence with family, friends, scholars, young writers, and noted writers.

The collection may be accessed at the William F. Winter Archives and History Building, 200 North Street, Jackson. For more information on the collection or the fellowship, contact Forrest Galey at 601-576-6850, or by email at fgaley@mdah.state.ms.us.

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