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Nautical chart of North Carolina coast with map compass dial
Detail of To navigators, this chart being an actual survey of the sea coast and inland navigation from Cape Henry to Cape Roman..., Jonathan Price, John Strother, W. Johnston, 1798. Geography and Map Division.

Applications Open for the Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship

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Are you an enthusiast of cartographic history, the digital humanities, or geospatial sciences? Are you looking for an opportunity to dive into the collections of the Geography and Map Division for a rewarding research experience? If so, we are excited to share that applications are now open for the Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellowship at the Library of Congress!

Portolan chart map oriented west over Mediterranean Sea with coastal lines, port labels, and colorful pictorial illustrations
Detail of [Chart of the Mediterranean, Black Sea, and the coasts of western Europe and northwest Africa], Mateus Prunes, 1559. Geography and Map Division.

Generously funded by the donors of the Philip Lee Phillips Society and supported by the John W. Kluge Center, this fellowship grants two qualified scholars a residency of eight weeks for the purpose of research in the history of cartography, Geographic Information Science (GIS), digital humanities or a related field, utilizing materials from the collections of the Geography and Map Division. The fellowship includes a $11,500 stipend for eight weeks with the possibility of an additional $2,000 as an honorarium for a lecture and publication.

The deadline to submit your application is September 15. There are no degree requirements for applicants, but applicants must have a history of successful accomplishment in the field of geography, cartography, or history and have a record of publication commensurate with a senior fellowship of this kind.

For full details on the Philip Lee Phillips Map Society Fellowship and links for applying through the Kluge Center online portal, visit the official fellowship website.

Landcover map with legend of landcover types and colorful raster map  of southwestern Louisiana.
1984 classified Landsat Thematic Mapper Satellite, Louisiana, USDA-SCS-National Cartographic Center, 1991. Geography and Map Division.

Chet Van Duzer, the 2023 Philip Lee Phillips Society Fellow, recently concluded his fellowship with a fascinating lecture arranged by the Washington Map Society and the Philip Lee Phillips Society, with additional sponsorship from the California, Chicago, New York, Rocky Mountain, and Texas Map Societies. In his lecture, “Behold the Mapmaker: Cartographic Self Portraits,” which can be viewed online on our website, Van Duzer explores the social history of cartography through they ways in which cartographers incorporated self-portraits and clever displays of self-expression into their maps from the 14th to 20th centuries.

Chet Van Duzer giving talk at lectern with Library of Congress flag and presentation screen in background.
Screenshot of webcast of Chet Van Duzer’s lecture “Behold the Mapmaker: Cartographic Self Portraits,” 2023. Library of Congress.

For more information about the fellowship, please contact the John W. Kluge Center by phone at (202) 707-3302, or by email at [email protected].

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