2019 LOST & FOUND GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

EXTENDED Application Deadline: Friday, February 8th, 2019, 11:59 PM

Eligibility: Doctoral Students at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Lost & Found is a publishing project centered on student archival research in 20th century cultural materials, with a focus on poetry and poetics. Poised at the intersection of scholarly investigation, innovative publishing, and cultural preservation, each Lost & Found chapbook emphasizes the importance of collaborative and archival research. The work of Lost & Found is multi-valent and involves: archival research at all stages of its development, digital practices, public events, oral history, mentorship, transcription, and editorial support.

The Center for the Humanities is delighted to announce, thanks to generous support from the Early Research Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, the 2019 Lost & Found Research Grants available for doctoral students from all disciplines at the Graduate Center, CUNY, with experience and / or an interest in archival research.

The Lost & Found Archival Research Grant is for students in all disciplines who are currently developing archival research and will range from $1,000 to $3,000. It is important to note that Lost & Found is about process as much as product, and only some projects will ultimately be published, though all projects will be stewarded toward completion. Recipients should expect to complete a survey of their progress in August 2019.

We will entertain proposals for projects at all stages of development, from exploratory to advanced, but we strongly suggest that applicants familiarize themselves with Lost & Found publications (or check out the 2018 L&F projects here) to determine if their project makes sense within the context of our work. Please reach out to ch@gc.cuny.edu should any further questions or concerns arise.   


Lost & Found was honored to have published the work of Amiri Baraka in Series I, in a project that went on to become the award winning volume Amiri Baraka and Edward Dorn: The Collected Letters (University of New Mexico Press). We counted on Baraka’s friendship and support until his death in 2014, often discussing future projects. He remains a seminal figure, that rare writer who had a huge impact on US culture as a whole and made his mark across so many genres: poetry, prose, drama, essays, and scholarship, not to mention his own public activities. At the same time, there is much work to be done in order to fully account for and keep present the depth and breadth of his legacy. Deeply connected across so many different figures, movements, historical moments, and political processes, Lost & Found’s motto to “follow the person” can yield immense riches in Baraka’s case. While we have an ongoing interest in continuing work on his much neglected correspondence, this is an open call for students to propose projects based on any of the multi-faceted aspects of Baraka’s archive, much of which is held between Columbia University and the NYPL.


Lost & Found will be granting one Diane di Prima Fellowship. Diane di Prima’s archive is spread far and wide: her own home in San Francisco (a primary research site), as well as archives at UNC Chapel Hill, UConn Storrs, University of Delaware, and Syracuse, not to mention all the correspondence and other materials found in the archives of other contemporaries and colleagues. Having already published several di Prima projects with others in process at Lost & Found, these fellowships are for direct work on and with di Prima, with a particular emphasis on working with archivists and institutions to envision new channels of access across various holdings and modes of her oeuvre.


As Lost & Found has evolved, editors have gained various levels of expertise. Some editors have become literary executors and archivists, others have worked on documentary projects as researchers or closely with estates and authors to investigate, curate, prepare and generally be of service in a variety of circumstances. Sometimes this has meant moving and or cataloging books, shipping things, organizing papers, serving as liaison between filmmakers, publishers, estates, estate brokers, library or special collections representatives and academic administrations. To this end, we have created the “Legacy Fieldwork” stipend for projects with unusual circumstances that might not be tied to an immediate research or archival project. Legacy Fieldwork is conceived of as the application of skills acquired through the archival research and publication process of Lost & Found to serve and educate the literary community writ large.

When applying for this, applicants (GC Doctoral Students) should describe the situation at hand (being as specific as possible), what kind of skills are required to handle it, as well as the time frame, travel involved, and any other details necessary to understand how a stipend will bring Lost & Found’s practices to bear on the circumstances described.         


To apply for the Archival Research Grant, Amiri Baraka Fellowship, the Diane di Prima Fellowship, or the Legacy Fieldwork Grant, please send the following to ksullivan@gc.cuny.edu no later than Friday, February 8th, 2019, 11:59 PM.

1.) Curriculum Vitae

2.) A one-page letter of interest

3.) Application Form (click here to fill out)

For more information about how to apply to these grants, please visit: lostandfoundbooks.org or email ksullivan@gc.cuny.edu

The 2019 Lost & Found Archival Research Grants were made possible by generous support from the Early Research Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Cosponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the Early Research Initiative and The Office of the Provost at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

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