The Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015

GW Law is pleased to invite applications for the Richard & Diane Cummins Legal History Research Grant for 2015.

The Cummins Grant provides a stipend of $10,000 to support short-term historical research using  Special Collections at GW's Jacob Burns Law Library, which is noted for its continental historical legal collections, especially its French collection.  Special Collections also is distinguished by its holdings in Roman and canon law, church-state relations, international law, and its many incunabula.

The grant is awarded to one doctoral, LL.M., or S.J.D. candidate; postdoctoral researcher; faculty member; or independent scholar. The successful candidate may come from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, law, history, religion, philosophy, or bibliography.

Potential grant candidates residing more than 100 miles from Washington, DC, whose projects require onsite consultation of materials in Special Collections, are eligible. 

Applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter, not to exceed 600 words, which includes the project title, a brief summary of proposed research, and estimated dates of onsite research;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a research proposal, not to exceed 1000 words, outlining the scope of the project, and specifying those materials from Special Collections that are relevant to the proposed research;
  • two letters of support, preferably from academic colleagues; for student applicants, one of the letters must be from a dissertation or thesis advisor.

These documents may be submitted electronically or in hard copy via mail.

During his or her visit, the grant recipient will deliver a presentation to interested faculty of the research completed at GW, and at the conclusion of the visit will submit a summary of research conducted during the visit.

Grant application

All applications and supporting materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, research proposal, and letters of support, must be submitted on or before October 15, 2014. Inquiries and application materials should be sent to:

Dean Scott B. Pagel
Director, Jacob Burns Law Library
The George Washington University
716 20th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20052

About Special Collections

Special Collections at the Jacob Burns Law Library preserves more than 35,000 important legal works from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Its French Collection is one of the largest assemblages of early French law in the United States. The Incunabula Collection comprises more than 140 law-related titles. Other significant areas of the collection include church-state relations, Roman and canon law, international law, and early American statutes and practitioner guides. Additional information regarding the collection is available from the Special Collections Department.  

For information regarding the scope of the collection and its potential pertinence to individual research needs, please contact:

Jennie C. Meade
Director of Special Collections
Jacob Burns Law Library
jmeade@law.gwu.edu

 


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