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The Asian Division’s Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship: Now Accepting Applications for 2023

(The following is a post by Jonathan Loar, South Asia Reference Specialist, Asian Division)

It’s fellowship season! The Library’s Asian Division is happy to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2023 Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program. Please note that the fellowship application is accepted only via email submission. In order to apply, the applicant must download the application form and follow the enclosed instructions. The deadline for the 2023 application season is midnight January 16, 2023 US Eastern Time.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide individuals with the opportunity to pursue research in the area of Asian Studies, using the unparalleled collections of the Asian Division and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. The fellowships are for a minimum of five business days of research at the Library of Congress. The grants may vary from $300 to $3,000 and are to be used to cover travel to and from Washington, overnight accommodations, as well as other research expenses. All research trips need to be completed before September 15, 2023. Graduate students, faculty, independent scholars, researchers, and librarians with a need for fellowship support are especially encouraged to apply.

Rows of desks surrounded by book shelves bisected by aisles and a reference desk.

View of the Library of Congress Asian Reading Room, which is located in Jefferson Building Room 150. Photo: Tien Doan.

In the past, Florence Tan Moeson fellows have researched a wide variety of topics utilizing the Asian collections. A small sample of projects over the years includes research on Manchu-language book culture in Qing China; representations of the imperial family in Japanese film magazines; the history of metallurgy and construction of steel companies in North Korean literature; Urdu manuscripts pertaining to the Hyderabadi Deccan region in the early 20th century; the Chinese monastic community in Thailand; and Tibetan sources in Mongolian historiography from the 13th to 16th century. Some of these projects have also incorporated other Asia-related materials, such as maps, films, and photographs, in the Library’s many reading rooms.

The fellowship also welcomes applicants who are researching cross-regional topics in Asian Studies, as well as research with the Library’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Collection.

The Asian Division’s Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program is made possible by the generous donation of Florence Tan Moeson, who served as a cataloger at the Library of Congress for 43 years until she retired in 2001. Mrs. Moeson passed away on November 15, 2008.

The following resources will provide even more information about the rich and fruitful opportunities for research in the Asian Reading Room.

Questions about the Asian collections at the Library of Congress? Feel welcome to contact reference staff through the Asian Division’s Ask a Librarian service.


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2 Comments

  1. Nathaniel Isaacson
    September 15, 2022 at 11:09 am

    What is the typical duration of this fellowship? I see that five days is the minimum, but with a maximum of 3,000 dollars, I was wondering how long scholars with no additional funding typically visit.

    • Tien Doan
      September 15, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Fellows typically stay between one and two weeks. In the past, if their researches called for a longer stay, fellows made alternate living arrangements such as staying with friends and families, Airbnb, etc., extending their abilities to be in the area on the same budget.

      For further question, please use our Ask-a-Librarian service

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