September 27, 2005 Swann Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications

Foundation Supports Research in the Humorous Arts of Caricature and Cartoon

Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Martha Kennedy (202) 707-9115

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon of the Library of Congress is accepting applications for its graduate fellowship for the 2006-2007 academic year. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, and notification will occur in the spring. The Swann Foundation awards one fellowship annually (with a $15,000 stipend) to assist in continuing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon.

Guidelines and application forms are available through the Swann Foundation’s Web site or by e-mailing [email protected] or by calling Martha Kennedy in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library at (202) 707-9115.

To be eligible, an applicant must be a resident of the United States and a candidate for a master’s or a doctorate degree at a university based in the United States, Canada or Mexico, working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree or engaged in postgraduate research within three years of receiving an M.A. or a Ph.D. Individuals who are not U.S. residents but who otherwise meet these academic qualifications may also apply and be considered for a fellowship, contingent upon the applicant’s visa eligibility.

The applicant’s research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon. There is no limitation regarding the place or time period covered. To encourage research in a variety of academic disciplines, there is no restriction on which university department may oversee a project proposed for the fellowship, provided the subject pertains to caricature or cartoon art.

The Swann Foundation fellowship in caricature and cartoon is the only scholarly fellowship that provides direct support for continuing graduate research in the field. It has supported new, groundbreaking research on caricature and cartoon that focuses on a variety of subjects and topics such as the Cold War; representations of race, class conflict and disease; and the early origins of caricature.

The fellowship will support a two-week research residency at the Library of Congress where the fellow will utilize and document the Library’s extensive collections, and deliver a public lecture on his or her work in progress. Each recipient must also provide a copy of his or her dissertation, thesis of postgraduate publication upon completion for the Swann Foundation Fund files.

Requirements for the fellowship applications include a statement of qualifications, a one-page abstract of the proposed project, a project description that specifies research needs and a budget, two letters of reference and official transcripts.

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is overseen by an advisory board composed of scholars, collectors, cartoonists and Library of Congress staff members. The foundation’s activities support the study, interpretation, preservation and appreciation of original works of humorous and satiric art by graphic artists from around the world. New York advertising executive Erwin Swann (1906-1973) established the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon in 1967.


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ISSN 0731-3527