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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.



The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $3000.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.  The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution. 

Nominations and applications for the 2016 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on November 15, 2015.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor), and a description of the dissertation research project. The letter should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2015. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2016.

Applicants for the NACBS fellowship are also welcome to apply to supplement that award with a short-term award from the Huntington Library itself under the terms of its own fellowship competition, the closing date for which is also November 15, 2015. See:

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Chair: Dr. Steve Hindle
Director of Research
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108  USA
Dr. Holly Brewer
Burke Chair of American History & Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Maryland
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 20742  USA
Dr. Brent Sirota
Department of History
North Carolina State University
350 Withers Hall, Campus Box 8108, Raleigh, NC 27695-8108  USA



NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship for 2015-2016 (Presented by Brent Sirota)

Awarded to William Skidmore (Rice University) for his dissertation "Informed Activism: The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1840-1899"

William Skidmore's dissertation is designed to reconstruct and explore transnational exchanges of information among abolitionists during the second half of the nineteenth century. The members of the selection committee, which considered multiple excellent applications, were persuaded both of the merits of this project and that the Huntington collections were crucial to its development and completion. In particular, Skidmore will make use of the papers of Thomas Clarkson, chief architect of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society and those of Zachary Macaulay, Edward Hawke Locker and Fanny Kemble, all of whom are prominent figures in his dissertation. This work promises to be both exciting and important.