Items of Academic Interest
NCR History Research Award
The National Catholic Reporter will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its foundation in 2014-2015.
Part of the commemorative activities is to produce a book-length scholarly historical study of the publication’s first 50 years. The study should focus not only on the internal history of NCR, its origins, developments, contents, and future challenges but also on its impact on and contributions to the life of the church, both in the US and elsewhere. Indeed, we hope that NCR will provide a lens to interpret the history of the Catholic Church in the last fifty years.
We invite scholars, of both junior and senior standing, including doctoral students in dissertation-writing phase, to submit a proposal on how she or he will carry out the research project. The proposal should include a brief description of the method, a tentative outline of the chapters, and a brief curriculum vitae. The length of the manuscript is limited to 60,000 words, the style should be highly readable, and the scholarship of publishable quality. The author will have complete access to the NCR’s documents that are demonstrably relevant to the research.
The deadline for the proposal is December 31, 2012.
The award is $20,000 (twenty thousand US dollars), plus up to $5,000 (five thousand US dollars) for expenses connected with the research. The stipend is divided into two parts: $10,000 will be given at the signing of the contract, and $10,000 at the completion of an acceptable manuscript. The deadline to submit the completed manuscript is January 31, 2015. We hope to have the manuscript published by October 2015 to mark the conclusion of our celebrations.
Please send the proposal in electronic form and hard copy to: The Publisher, Re: NCR History, National Catholic Reporter, 115 E. Armour Blv., Kansas City, MO 6411.The winner will be announced in January 2013.