Martha Thorsland Baker Fellowship

This fellowship is sponsored by UO Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Oregon.


The Martha Thorsland Baker Fellowship has been established to encourage research in Special Collections on material printed in or related to the Americas, Europe, Africa, or Asia. The fellowship supports a qualified individual, regardless of academic degree or institution, who is pursuing research in the areas listed below.

Fellowship Description

The program will support research relating to print culture, and any investigation of the history of the book and printing in the Americas, Europe, Africa, or Asia, including focuses on race, gender, and class. Projects may investigate any printed genre (e.g., books, pamphlets, posters, broadsides, or ephemera). They may also include the use of the Medieval or Renaissance manuscript book. They may be purely bibliographical, or they may address any issues of ownership, readership, or use of printed materials. Support for work in modern archival collections will be limited to projects related to printed materials (e.g., annotations in books, publishers' and fine press printer’s business archives, correspondence of authors or artists about print production or specific book titles, artwork and photographs used in publications, etc.). Funding is not intended to support the editing of an author's papers. Preference will be given to projects using materials printed prior to 1940.

The fellowship is offered in the amount of $2,500, to support study in the UO Special Collections. Awards may be used to defray travel expenses, living expenses, or research costs. It is assumed that the recipient of the award will be in residence for a period sufficient to complete a significant amount of their research. Fellows should be aware that, depending on their status and country of origin, the US government may consider their award taxable income. It is recommended that fellows familiarize themselves with their tax status and take necessary steps to plan for and pay any potential fees.

Fellows Will

  • Complete their research at the University of Oregon within a year of award notification;
  • Present a 30-45 minute, recorded lecture at a virtual speaker series hosted by SCUA, followed by a moderated Q&A;
  • Submit a copy of their final project or publication to SCUA;
  • Acknowledge the Martha Thorsland Baker 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. PST Friday, January 5, 2024

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  • A 1,000-word (maximum) proposal that describes the project for which these collections will be consulted, as well as the role that the applicant expects these collections will play in the project;
  • A curriculum vitae or resume;
  • Full contact information;
  • Full name of applicant must appear on each page of the application;
  • Two letters of recommendation (must be submitted separately to Emily Moore at

Fellows awarded funding will be notified by late March of the application year

Baker Fellows

  • 2023: Zoey Kambour