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Dr. John Bishop Memorial Visiting Scholar Fund (2023-2024)

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Established by Dr. Joseph Valente, UB Distinguished Professor, Department of English, the Dr. John Bishop Memorial Visiting Scholar Fund award provides up to $2,000 for visiting scholars and graduate students whose research is centered on the writings of James Joyce, Modernism, Joyce-related research, Sylvia Beach, Modernist publishers, Modernist genetic criticism, Joyce’s literary circle, his literary colleagues, or his influences. This fund will provide visiting scholars and graduate students stipends to cover the cost of their travel to Buffalo, NY, accommodation, and expenses during the time of their stay.

The timing and duration of the Visiting Scholar’s residence in Buffalo is flexible, though anticipated to be a minimum of two weeks. Visiting scholars will be required to give a public presentation on their research at the end of their stay. This presentation could include a virtual presentation or a summary that could be posted online. The scholar is encouraged to schedule their visit between July 1 of the award year and June 30 of the following year. Both graduate students at an advanced stage of dissertation research and more senior scholars are invited to apply.

Image of the 2022 Poetry Collection exhibition, “‘That all books might published be’: Sylvia Beach’s Ulysses.”

To apply:

The deadline for applications for the 2023-24 academic year is May 31, 2023. Applications must include the following in a single PDF file or portfolio:

  • Cover letter;
  • Brief two- to three-page, single-spaced research proposal that identifies the materials to be used and includes length and approximate timing of proposed visit;
  • Current two- to three-page CV that indicates in detail previous and upcoming research support (grants, fellowships, leaves, etc.);
  • Financial support (budget) needed to support this research proposal;
  • Letter of support from department chair or dissertation director (this can be sent separately).

Visiting Scholar(s) will be selected based on the relevance of the UB James Joyce Collection to the proposed project, the value of the project to the applicant’s field, and the qualifications of the applicant as indicated by research experience and other academic achievements.

Applicants must email all application materials as a single PDF file or portfolio by May 31, 2023 to

Applicants are also encouraged to consider applying for one of the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute’s UB Libraries Special and Distinctive Collections Fellowships.

Please consider making a gift today to the Dr. John Bishop Memorial Visiting Scholar Fund.