Library of Congress Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program

Here is a very interesting and unique fellowship program for individuals in Asian Studies to pursue independent research projects within the United States using the Library of Congress Asian and Asian American Pacific Islanders Collection. The deadline has already passed for this year, but if you’re thinking of doing a research project related to these sources, there’s no harm in thinking about your applications far ahead of time!

Library of Congress Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program

The Asian Division of the Library of Congress announces the Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program. This Fellowship Program is made possible by a generous donation of Florence Tan Moeson, for 43 years a Chinese Team cataloger in the Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division at the Library of Congress before she retired in 2001. Mrs. Moeson passed away on November 15, 2008.

The purpose of the FTMR Fellowship Program is to give individuals the opportunity to use the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) collections in the Library of Congress to pursue scholarly research projects. The Library’s Asian collections are among the most significant outside of Asia and consist of over 2.8 million monograph, serial, newspaper, manuscript and microform titles in the vernacular languages of East, South and Southeast Asia. It contains primary resource materials including monographs, serials, government reports, newspapers, census data, photos, oral histories, sound recordings, film, and miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Information on the Florence Tan Moeson fellowship can be found online at http://www.lcasianfriends.org/fellowship/

The Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship awards total $14,000 each year for 10 years in support of grant support for research projects employing the Asian Division’s Reading Room and the Library’s extensive Asian collections. The grants are awarded upon demonstration of need through a competitive process. Grants are intended to subsidize the researcher’s transportation fares to and from Washington, DC, overnight accommodations and photocopying fees. Graduate students, independent scholars, community college teachers, researchers without regular teaching appointments, and librarians with a demonstrated need for research fellowship support are eligible to apply.

To learn about the content of LC Asian and AAPI collections, visit the Library’s Asian Division’s website at: www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.

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