December 7, 2018 Library Announces Grant for Research Using World's Largest Map Collection

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Public Contact: John Hessler (202) 707-7223

A survey of the sea coast and inland navigation from Cape Henry to Cape Roman (inscribed by Price and Strother; engraved by W. Johnston).

The John W. Kluge Center and the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society at the Library of Congress invite qualified scholars to apply for a grant to conduct research for two months at the Kluge Center using the Geography and Map Division’s collections and resources.

The Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship will award $11,500 to selected scholars with the possibility of an additional $2,000 as an honorarium for a later lecture and publication.

The Geography and Map Division has custody of collections numbering over 5 million maps, 100,000 atlases, 8,000 reference works, over 5,000 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models and several terabytes of born digital geospatial data.

The Philip Lee Phillips Map Society Fellow applications are due by February 15, 2019.

The program description and application details for the position can be found at

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form in English
  • A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages – additional pages will be discarded) 
  • A single paragraph abstract 
  • A statement of proposed research (maximum 3 pages)
  • An explanation of why the proposal requires the use of the Geography and Map Division’s map, manuscript or archival collections (maximum 250 words) 
  • A bibliography of works you have consulted for your proposal (maximum 3 pages)
  • Three references with completed reference forms from people who have read the research proposal

The Library’s Philip Lee Phillips Society Map Society was established to further develop, enhance and promote the collections of the Geography and Map Division by encouraging financial donations to supplement appropriated funds for the acquisition of rare maps. These items stimulate interest among map collectors, map producers, geographers, cartographers and historians in order to make the vast resources of the nation's premier cartographic and geographic collections more widely available. The fellowship is funded by the Society’s generous donors, who have strong interest in the history of cartography, geography and maps generally.  

The Kluge Center’s mission, as established in 2000, is to “reinvigorate the interconnection between thought and action,” bridging the gap between scholarship and policymaking. To that end, the Center brings some of the world’s great thinkers to the Library to make use of its collections and engage in conversations addressing the challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. For more information about current chairs, visit

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PR 18-145
ISSN 0731-3527