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James Laughton Ken Kesey Fellowship

This fellowship is sponsored by UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Oregon. The award is for use in 2023.

Purpose: The intention of the James Laughton Kesey Fellowship is to encourage research within the Ken Kesey Papers. The UO Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) houses the Ken Kesey Papers.

Fellowship description: This award supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the Ken Kesey Papers housed in UO Libraries Special collections and University Archives. This short-term research fellowship is open to undergraduates, master’s and doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, college and university faculty at every rank, and independent scholars working in Vietnam War-era literature and counterculture research. In 2023, $3,000 will be awarded to conduct research on the collection. The fellowship selection committee will include representatives from the UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) and faculty from the UO campus.

Fellows will:

  • Complete their research at the University of Oregon within a year of award notification;
  • Submit a 1,000-word (maximum) essay on their research topic for possible inclusion in publications;
  • Meet with representatives from SCUA during their visit to Eugene;
  • Provide an informal Q & A talk on their research at a brown-bag forum in the UO Libraries during the research visit;
  • Submit a separate paragraph to SCUA documenting the specific collections consulted during the fellowship;
  • Submit a copy of their final project or publication to SCUA;
  • Acknowledge the Laughton Kesey Fellowship and its sponsor, UO Special Collections and University Archives, in all publications resulting from the research fellowship.

Applicants must submit by 5 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2023:

  • A 1,000-word (maximum) proposal that describes the project for which the collection will be consulted, as well as the role that the applicant expects the collection will play in the project;
  • An anticipated budget for the research visit;
  • A two-page curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Full contact information;
  • Applicant’s name must be written on each page of the application;
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be submitted separately to Linda Long at