Press Release - Huntington Expands Research Awards For 2013–14

April 22, 2013


Number of fellowship awards is most ever in its decades-long program of distributing grants to scholars. New this year are collaborations with Caltech and the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission.


  HUNTINGTON EXPANDS RESEARCH AWARDS FOR 2013–14SAN MARINO, Calif.—At a time when universities are scaling back resources in the humanities, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announces it has added significantly to its annual research program, which has awarded more than $1.6 million to 174 scholars to work with The Huntington’s special collections in history, literature, and art, including 21 scholars who will be here for the full academic year.


“More than 600 scholars applied for fellowships this year, a record in the history of the program,” said Steve Hindle, W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington. Competition for year-long fellowships is especially fierce, with a 1-in-14 success rate. The fellowship applications go through a rigorous peer-review process.


The number of awards is up, in part, because of new collaborations with other institutions and because of newly endowed fellowships becoming available. New collaborations with Caltech and the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, for instance, are providing for three new fellowships, demonstrating the reach of a Southern California institution that fosters relationships with both local and international collaborators. The Caltech-Huntington Program for the Study of Materialities, Texts, and Images will bring grantees Stefanie Sobelle, assistant professor at Gettysburg College, and Alexander Wragge-Morely of Sommerville College, University of Oxford, who will split their time between Caltech and The Huntington for the full academic year. Also new is the two-year Marie Curie Fellowship funded by the European Commission Research Executive Agency. The first-time recipient of that award will be Sandra Rebok of the Spanish National Research Council; she will study Alexander von Humboldt and the globalization of science. The Huntington is among the first North American venues for this European program.


Funding for other awards comes from a variety of sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The use of The Huntington’s book and manuscript collections result in many award­winning projects, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning book in history from 2008: What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848, by Daniel Walker Howe.


Just last week, historian Adria Imada received the Lawrence W. Levine Award from the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American cultural history, Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire (Duke University Press), which arose from research during her 2007–08 Barbara Thom Fellowship. Hindle calls the Thom Fellowship the “single most important category in the entire fellowship program” because it gives early career scholars the luxury of time and resources to turn their dissertations into books. The Thom Postdoctoral Fellows for 2013–14 will be Niklas Frykman of Claremont McKenna College, who will research maritime history during the Revolutionary Era; and Rupali Mishra, of Auburn University, who specializes in the East India Company and early Stuart politics.

View full-year award winners and short-term grants


CONTACT:     Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260,

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About The Huntington
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based Research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at

About The Huntington’s Research Program
In blending a research program with strong holdings in British history, early American history, California and the West, literature, and the history of science, The Huntington has emerged as a key research center in the United States for humanistic study. Through a partnership with the University of Southern California, The Huntington also sponsors two research institutes: the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute and the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, each of which presents full slates of seminars and conferences during the academic year. Through the Huntington Library Press, the institution produces the Huntington Library Quarterly and several books each year.

About the Caltech/Huntington Fellowship in Materialities, Texts, and Images (MTI)
The Research Division of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens and the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Caltech award fellowships to post-doctoral scholars and faculty without tenure. Fellows are expected to conduct their own research at Caltech and at The Huntington and to organize a two-day workshop on a topic of their choice relevant to the MTI program.

Marie Curie Fellowship of the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission
Marie Curie Fellowships are intensively competitive European Research Grants available to researchers regardless of their nationality or field of research. In addition to generous funding for up to two years, researchers have the possibility to gain experience abroad and in the private sector, and to complete their training with competences or disciplines useful for their careers.

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