Awards, Fellowships, and Research Opportunities
The Center for Primary Research and Training integrates special collections materials more fully into UCLA's teaching and research mission and provides a substantive educational experience for graduate students by training them in archival methods, matching them with unprocessed special collections, and thus making accessible lesser-known collections.
The James and Sylvia Thayer Short-term Research Fellowships provide support for research in any collections administered by UCLA Library Special Collections. Stipends range from $500 to $2,500 and vary yearly; grants in 2013 averaged $1,710 and in 2014 averaged $1,530. Awards are funded by an endowment established by longtime UCLA benefactors James and Sylvia Thayer.
Barbara Rootenberg Library Research Fellowship in the History of Medicine and the Life Sciences
Rootenberg fellowships promotes the use of materials in History & Special Collections for the Sciences in UCLA Library Special Collections. One annual fellowship is awarded in the amount of $1,000. The award is named for Barbara Rootenberg, an alumna of the UCLA School of Library Science and an internationally-renowned antiquarian bookseller.
John B. Jackson Oral History Faculty Curator Grant
The John B. Jackson Oral History Faculty Curator Grant provides funding to UCLA faculty for programming such as lectures, panels, or films organized around a particular theme related to research and issues in qualitative interviewing.
The Robert B. and Blanche Campbell Student Book Collection Competition offers UCLA undergraduate and graduate student book collectors cash prizes for their collections. Among the oldest and most distinguished competitions of its kind in the country, this annual competition is judged by panels that attract celebrity authors and UCLA faculty as well as librarians and library staff.
The UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research honors the best research produced by UCLA undergraduate students. Cash awards are given in a number of categories, including for the use of special collections materials.
Other Library-related Awards, Fellowships, and Research Opportunities
Ahmanson Short-Term Research Fellowships in Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Ahmanson Fellowships support the use of medieval and Renaissance monographic and manuscript holdings in UCLA Library Special Collections: the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of the Aldine Press; the Ahmanson-Murphy Collection of Early Italian Printing; the Elmer Belt Library of Vinciana; the Orsini Family Papers; the Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts Collection; the Richard and Mary Rouse Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Early Printed Books; and the Medieval and Renaissance Arabic and Persian Medical Manuscripts. The fellowships provide $2,500 per month for up to three months. Administered by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, this program requires an application separate from that for Thayer and Rootenberg fellowships; information is available on the Center for Medieval Renaissance Studies website.