Swenson Family Fellowships in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies for Junior Scholars

Swenson Family Fellowships in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies for Junior Scholars


The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) announces the establishment of the Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies, to be awarded semi-annually for study beginning July 1, 2013. The Fellowship was established by Dr. Gregory T. and Jeannette Swenson, with their son Nicholas Swenson.


The purpose of the Fellowship is to support residencies at HMML for graduate students or postdoctoral scholars with demonstrated expertise in the languages and cultures of Eastern Christianity. Awardees must be undertaking research on some aspect of Eastern Christian studies requiring use of the digital or microfilm manuscript collections at HMML. The program is specifically designed to aid new scholars in establishing themselves through research focused on manuscripts available through HMML. Postdoctoral scholars are understood to be those who at the time of application are within three years of being awarded a doctoral degree.


Awards will range from $2500-$5000, based on project proposal and length of residency (two to six weeks). Funds may be applied toward travel to and from Collegeville, housing and meals at Saint John’s University, and costs related to duplication of HMML’s microfilm or digital resources. The Fellowship may be supplemented by other sources of funding but may not be held simultaneously with another HMML fellowship. Holders of the Fellowship must wait at least two years before applying again. At its discretion, HMML may choose to award more than one fellowship per cycle.




Applications must be submitted by April 15 for residencies between July and December of the same year, or by November 15 for residencies between January and June of the following year.


Applicants should prepare the following materials:

  • Letter of application indicating: 1) the title of their project; 2) length of the proposed residency at HMML and its projected dates; 3) amount requested (up to $5000).
  • Updated curriculum vitae.
  • Description of the project to be pursued, with an explanation of how HMML’s resources are essential to successful completion of the project. Applicants are advised to be as specific as possible about which resources will be needed. Maximum length: 1000 words.
  • A confidential letter of recommendation to be sent directly to HMML by their advisor, thesis director, mentor, or, in the case of postdoctoral candidates, a colleague who is a good judge of their work.

Please send all materials as email attachments to: hmmlfellowships@csbsju.edu, with “Swenson Family Fellowship” in the subject line. Questions about the Fellowship may be sent to the same address.

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