Search Begins for New Fenwick Fellows

Posted: March 25, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

George Mason faculty members are invited to apply for the 2003-04 Fenwick Fellow program, which normally makes two fellowship awards each academic year. The competition is now open to all faculty at the university, including restricted and adjunct professors. The Fenwick Fellowship program, sponsored by the Office of the University Librarian in consultation with the Faculty Senate Facilities, Support Services, and Libraries Committee, is designed to assist the research efforts of faculty members and enhance the collections of the University’s Libraries.

“The Fenwick Fellowship program has increasingly attracted serious attention by George Mason’s faculty, especially as measured by the quality of proposals received,” says John Zenelis, university librarian. “It has enabled faculty members selected for the fellowship to conduct research projects that have led to wider dissemination of their scholarship through public university lectures, presentation at professional conferences, and publications.”

The prestigious fellowship provides exclusive use of an office in Fenwick Library as well as a $1,500 stipend for research materials. The stipend supports research costs associated with acquisition of library materials needed for the fellow’s research, as well as other incidental research costs. Fellows are encouraged to use at least half the stipend for purchasing books, journals, or multimedia, which will be added to the libraries’ permanent collection. The Faculty Senate committee is interested in research projects that make particular use of the libraries’ collections, services, and staff expertise.

The Fenwick Fellowship will be in effect from Sept. 1, 2003 through Aug. 15, 2004. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 15, and the selections will be announced in May. For more information, contact Anne Hamill at (703) 993-2491 or To view a copy of the invitation letter and the program guidelines, visit the libraries’ web site.

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